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Volcan Baru National Park

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Address: Boquete, Panama
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+507 6624-0577
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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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Rain forest in the rain

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... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2015
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Brussels, Belgium
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64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 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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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 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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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 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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187 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 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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1 Thank foredeckchick
Sibenik, Croatia
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51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 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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Thank kaprije
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2015

AT 72 hiking the volcano was the best experience of my life I'd like to thank Melvin my Personal Guide and Rolando the Driver for Helping me accomplish the HIKE, I Highly recommend all the tours. Beyond Adventure has to offer. THANK YOU MR LUIS B.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2015

We drove up in one of the specially modified jeeps. Having spent most of my life driving off road in sometimes extreme conditions I had yet to experience driving up a road that in places was just a pile of boulders. I went up with my children, one of whom was four years old. It was a fun drive, but... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2015

We knew that it was unlikely that we would be able to see both oceans at this time of year, but we were expecting somewhat of a view when we reached the top. What we found were ~15-20 radio/TV/cell towers and lots of garbage. It really ruined the atmosphere. I also have to say that the hike up was not... More 

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Sacramento, California, United States
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Let's be clear from the start: this is NOT a hiking trail. It's a road with deep ruts and lots and lots and lots of rocks. You never leave the road; you're stuck stepping on moving stones and figuring out how not to twist your ankle. It is almost entirely uphill from the Park Cabin at the entrance with a... More 

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

This is one of the must do's in Boquete. The hike overnight to the peak of the extinct volcano Baru. The hike is easy to find, even at night. It's a 14 Kilometer hike (one way - so in total about 28 Kilometers) with a change in altitude of about 1.600 meters. The view during sunrise is spectacular, with or... More 

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