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Volcan Baru National Park

Boquete, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 16 attractions in Boquete
Type: Mountains, Volcanos, National Parks
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Description: Panama's highest peak and only volcano at 3,478 meters offers sweeping ocean views and spectacular cloud forests from its summit.
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Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This pace is spectacular. Mountainous like my home in Colorado, but a deep jungle as well. We saw many plants and animals I'm sure I will never see again. Highly recommend a visit.

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Miami, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wow! Just came back from going up to the top. My teen boys loved it. BUT I don't recommend to hike it up. I strongly recommend to hire a guide with a good 4x4 jeep to drive you up and down. By car it took us 2 hours up from 3:30 AM till 5:30 AM. We were up at sunrise... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I'm probably going to repeat a lot of what others have stated, but here goes: 1. You really do need to prep for the climb, but a guide isn't necessary. I suggest bringing a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Wear pants and bring plenty of layers, hat, and gloves, because the peak is about 25-30F if you go for the... More

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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I joined the $5 shuttle bus that departs at 11.30pm from hostel mamallena on the square. It was nice to be in a little group. The road up to the top follows a rough dirt road that is also used by 4 wheel drive vehicles. This might be boring during the day but I found it good for at night... More

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Englewood, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Let me start by saying that I am an athletic person in my mid 20s. We decided to hire a guide to do the midnight hike to see the sunrise. All of the reviews I had read did not prepare me for this hike. The hike up wasn't so bad but it was pitch black, so you couldn't see what... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You will have a nice view when you're on the top, but I don't really know if it was worth to do that! You don't have to be surprised when you're not able to see both oceans, so many people are very disappointed when they can't see both oceans. But, wooow, I'm quite sportive, but this hike is unbelievable hard!... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Start at just after midnight and hike up for the sunset. If you are lucky - we were - you will have magnificent views of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Bocas Del Toro and the border with Costa Rica.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I really just did this hike for exercise but it was a tough hike. I went with a guide but you don't need one. The hike is 13.5 km each way and the hike up is tough. A lot of people like to go up at midnight so they can see the sunrise when you have the best possibility of... More

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Paget Parish, Bermuda
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Hiking up the trail is harder than it sounds but it's a great sunrise and a beautiful view from the summit.

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Portland, Maine
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150 reviews 150 reviews
71 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

One thing nice about this hike was the signage along the way. It was quite informative on the natural history. Our view was not marred by the microwave towers up top. There was plenty to see all around. It is a varied climb, never seeming to constantly switchback or ride the spine. There were clearings and deep forest, and even... More

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