Join this guided hike to the top of Baru Volcano. At 3,475 meters (11,400 feet) ‘el Volcan Baru’ is the highest point in Panama. Volcan Baru is a dormant volcano south of the Continental Divide, and is one of the few places in the world where you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Dozens of people attempt to climb Volcan Baru each day, hoping to summit just as the first rays of sun enter the sky, lighting up the beautiful mountain town of Boquete and its surroundings. The volcano is located in the western province of Chiriqui. Volcan, Cerro Punta, and Guadalupe towns reside on its western flank, while Boquete is on the eastern.
The climb is steep and rugged. Hike through rolling hills, dense jungle, and rocky cliffs before reaching the summit. The fertile soil and great climate make this area one of Panama’s most productive regions for agriculture. Large trees cover the volcano’s lower slopes, giving way to smaller plants, bushes, scrub, and alpine wildflowers as you make the climb. Due to Panama’s relatively short width, on a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea when you summit.
12 hours total. 8 – 10 hours climbing.
Meet at a pre-arranged point in Boquete, where there will be a check of all the gear and hiking equipment, and a short security briefing by your tour guide before you start your journey. The hike starts at 21:00 pm.
The scenery during the hike is dynamic. You will pass rolling hills, dense jungle, and rocky cliffs. At 9 kms, there is an impressive view of one of the craters. Extinct for nearly 500 years, the crater and walls are covered with growth. As you hike the sky slowly changes from black to blue to shades of pink and orange. The clouds dissipate and re-form due to the temperature changes caused by the rising sun. This is the best moment to see both oceans. You might have seen many sunrises, but very few compare to the one you’ll experience upon summiting Baru. On a clear day you will see the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from the top. Return at 11:00 am.
Any person in good health can climb, from sixteen to seventy years old. Minors must travel with a responsible adult. Anything that can be destroyed by water or valuables like jewels, cash, and credit cards should not be brought.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.