Volcán Barú Boquete Reviews
Perfect Beginners Hike Jan 22, 2011
Located in the sleepy town of Boquete is Volcan Baru, Panama's highest peak, some 3,474 metres (11,398 ft) above sea level.
The hike trail itself is very well maintained & there is very little chance of getting lost, with this being the case a guide is not really needed, tho availible from many tour operators located in Boquete.
I wouldn't suggest embarking on the climb alone tho, as parts of the hike are very rocky & all it'll take is 1 slip to injure yourself & it could be hours b4 another hiker passes you by!
Due to its height and Panama's relatively short width, it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean & Caribbean Ocean on a clear day.
Some tackle the hike over night reaching the summit for sunrise, spending time capture the views & heading straight back down.
We decided to set off @ around midday and trekked @ a very steady pace, stopping for various food & drink breaks. 1km short of the peak is a small campsite where we arrived @ approx 7pm just in time to witness sunset, stunning!
We set up camp (camping equipment is widely available to rent from hostels in Boquete) & rested for the night. (epic lightening storm ensued)
5am alarms woke us up where torches in hand we tackled the remaining 1 km to the summit. Take extra care when approaching the remaining 100 metres or so as it can get a little tricky!
The results are breathtaking!
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