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“A night at the top of Volcan Baru (two days)”
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Arte Hostal
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Sherbrooke, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A night at the top of Volcan Baru (two days)”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

+ : My excursion at Volcan Baru was a incredible experience! Sleeping at 3400 m: cold but magical (stars, quiet). Landscapes are incredibles ! The guides were great and we had fun !
- : The sleeping bag they gave us was not enough warm and I hardly slept. Bring your own! Be sure of the conditions (reserve in person if you can) before making a reservation (ex: internet) : some elements were differents because I reserved with another tourism office (I had to travel up my own tent wich was heavy and the lunch was not included).
Have fun!

a Canadian

Visited January 2014
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Paris, France
1 review
“An experience larger than life :-)”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

We were 3 french girls without sports experiences and it was very hard but our guide, David, was there to support us to the top !!! He took care about everything for us, he was very nice and comforting. David was a very kind and interesting guide !!
It was a great and unique experience !!! In the top : everything was so beautiful and enchanted !!!!
We recommande this tour !!!!!!

Visited March 2014
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Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“hike and overnight on Volcan Baru”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Two of us and one other traveler enjoyed David as our guide on a hike to the top of Baru, overnight at the campground just below the summit, and return the next morning. This is a challenging but not overwhelming hike. I am a regular hiker who has hiked in Idaho and other high-ish elevation places. We found the hike to be difficult in the sense of the steep pitch in some places, in conjunction with loose rocks and dirt that had a tendency to slide. David was a very comforting and safe guide who urged everyone to hike at their own pace. We reached the campground in just over four hours. We DID NOT start from the ranger station, but from a point about 2 kilometers further up the trail, which was a help in terms of distance. The total distance from our start point to the campground was 10 kilometers, with an elevation change in that distance of about 1200 meters. From the campground to the summit is another 1 kilometer. We made that trip (campground to summit) twice; once for sunset and again for sunrise. The views from the top are simply breathtaking, well worth the trip. When you are at the "summit", you can choose to reach the ultimate high point (where the cross is) by traversing a very short section of trail and rock climbing. Though neither of us is a climber, we were able to do this piece without undue difficulty, though there are a couple of places that feel....a little scary. Do the climb from the summit to the cross when you feel energetic. and DON'T do it in the dark.
As to what is provided by David and his company....they provide food and snacks for the trip up, dinner, and breakfast. They also provide a tent and sleeping bags. I suggest you either ask for a sleeping pad or bring one yourself and also at least one extra blanket. We wore all our clothes (lots!) overnight and still were very very cold. You also, of course, should bring plenty of water. We had almost nine liters of water for the two of us and found that to be just enough.
David is not a gourmet chef, but who would expect him to be! He was very diligent in providing food, help, and attention. A very focused young man.
Also, be aware that the altitude will impact you, naturally, as you get closer to the summit, which is at close to 11 thousand feet. We took frequent breaks to catch our breaths and hydrated alot.
I would recommend David and his company. Highlights....the extra distance by vehicle before starting the hike really helped AND David's upbeat personality and helpfulness (he also sent us many pictures afterwards).

Visited February 2014
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Highlight of Panamá!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

I was travelling through Panamá with my mum for three weeks in September. We did a night hike to the top of Volcan Baru with David and Orlando. It is a long way up (and down), but it's not too steep for most part. My 60+ year old mother could do it with not to much problems, and what you see when you get up there is worth every step!! The sky was really clear that morning so we saw the most amazing sunrise I've ever witnessed!

David and Orlando we're two great guides! They carried a tent all the way up (which is a big plus! Other people started descending before sunrise because they were too cold, they missed out on A LOT!), they brought coffee, they gave us a good laugh AND they took us to a place even higher on the volcano than all the other people went, which gave us an even more amazing view. Also, there was a girl who twisted her ankle while descending. The guys accompanied her all the way down.

The day after David took as too a coffee farm as well. It was a smaller farm, which I personally loved! The owner built almost everything with his own hands, very impressive and worth the tour!

So definitely contact Guameru Arte & Aventura when you are in Boquete! It was the highlight of our trip!!

Visited September 2013
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Grand Cayman
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Volcán Barú Hike”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Firstly - what an amazing experience. By no means was this easy, but certainly the guidance of David and his crew made it alot easier. The shelter of the tent while waiting for sun rise at the summit was a life saver. The coffee too was amazing.
Some nice, fun short cuts on the way down were greatly appreciated too.

Seeing the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea, creep over Volcan Baru and spread it's rays across the Pacific Ocean trully was an experience that I can't yet put into words. Amazing doesn't even describe it fully.

All in all, these guys were really cool and helpful as well as great guides. I couldn't recommend them highly enough.

We will gladly return to Boquete and make the climb again.

Visited August 2013
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