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At 3,475 meters (11,400 feet), “el Volcan Baru” or Baru Volcano is the highest point of Panama, and certainly is one of the most challenging hikes attracting numerous travelers around the world who are eager to test their physical endurance, and observe the Pacific and Atlantic oceans simultaneously at the very top if the weather allows it. This dormant volcano is just south of the Continental Divide in the western province of Chiriqui in the Volcan Baru National Park.
This hike can be done either in one full day, or by camping at the top. We highly recommend the camping option, since it allows your body to rest after 6 to 8 hours of hiking uphill.
The Volcan Baru hike day trip starts at 5am and ends at 7pm while the night hike starts at 11:30pm. It is 13.5 kilometers to the mountaintop, and it will take you around 4.5 hours to hike back down. Usually hikers spend around 2 hours at the top, taking photos and enjoying their time at the highest point of Panama.
The Volcan Baru Camping Trip starts at 10am, and we will arrive between 5pm to 7pm at the camping site (Los Fogones) where we will set up our tents, make a campfire and enjoy a nice meal which your guide will prepare. We will wake up at 5am the next day to go to the very top and appreciate one of the most beautiful views you can possibly imagine. Then we go back to the camping site, have breakfast, pack our things and hike back to Boquete. Arrival in Boquete will be between 2pm to 8pm, depending on your hiking speed. Price ($197)
Please note that this hike is very physically challenging, and that the temperatures at the top can drop below zero (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, we will only allow you to participate if our guides deem that you are fit enough to take part. We will leave from our Explora Ya office, or let us know which hotel you are staying at in Boquete if you prefer to be picked up. If it’s the latter case, it is very important that you pass by our office the day before your hike, since we need to give you a security briefing, lend you the gear and warm clothes that you may need, and introduce you to your guide.
Full-Day includes: Transportation, park entrance fee, experienced bilingual guide, snacks and the best experience!
Overnight Camping includes: Transportation, park entrance fee, experienced bilingual guide, camping gear, lunch, dinner, breakfast, and the best experience!
You need to bring:
- At least three litters of water per person
- A light rain jacket or poncho