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Volcan Baru National Park

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Address: Boquete, Panama
Phone Number: +50766240577
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Panama's highest peak and only volcano at 3,478 meters offers sweeping...

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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Long but lovely!

The hike was quite long, and tiresome! We are both in fairly good shape and found it tough on the hike up. Up and down took us a total of 6 hours. The hike is by no means... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hike was quite long, and tiresome! We are both in fairly good shape and found it tough on the hike up. Up and down took us a total of 6 hours. The hike is by no means glamorous! There is little to see and the trail didn't appear to be maintained. If you are doing it without a guide,... More 

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have a hard time to decide wheter I should recommend it or not. It depends on different things: you should really want to do it if you do it, because it's not a simple moonlight walk but a pretty intence all night trek (you should defenitly do it by night if you do it) you don't need a guide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the weather forecast is good, go do it. If not, do not waste your time here. The trail/road is really not enjoyable if you do it twice in a day. The view is really amazing, but kind of spoiled by lots of tv towers. Waiting for the sunrise is 4 layers cold. Taxi from Boquete to the trailhead is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Maybe I was expecting something different but form my experiences usually the words "hike"+"national park"=fun, nice hikes through well maintained trails with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. This hike had none of that, 14 gruelling kms up a boring rocky road with absolutely nothing to break up the monotony i.e. bridges, rivers,tunnels, nothing but rocks, then you finally reach the top... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The hike up is hard, but don't take a car - it's not worth it to take a car! Also, most days are cloudy so don't be disappointed if you can't see the views of both oceans. When you're at the top and if you don't want to climb down, you can probably pay someone a reasonable price ($25 USD)... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a 15 km steep uphill hike on a gravel forest road up to the top of the Baru Volcano that offers little in the way of panoramic views (2 times), is very weather dependent (you can get on top and see nothing) and should be better and correctly advertised. As it is, most of it is on the... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It's a no frills national park. Pay 5 bucks for parking at the trai Head and walk down a dirt road for a few Kim's before you hit the real trailhead to the volcano. It's the highest point in Panama so why not. Start about 3am. Don't pay a guide service to take you, just take a taxi or have... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We left from the entrance (Boquete side) just before midnight (took the Mamallena shuttle, $5 pp), and it took us about 5,5 hours with some small breaks to reach the summit. We had a great sunrise (around 6AM), and left again at 7AM. It is cold on top, but not too cold (0-5 degrees Celsius). We took about 2 liters... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

It takes 2 hrs by a serious jeep to make it to the summit. Only 11 km, but a very rough trip. We were told to leave at 4am in order to watch the sun rise on 2 coasts. We elected to go later and the horizon was somewhat cloudy, yet we managed a peak at both oceans.

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Sibenik, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

The dirt road leads to the top, the path is very difficult and exhausting if you are not physically ready you could have a problem with the hike. To the top of the volcano and back takes you a 27 kilometers.

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