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Travel – Volcan Baru – the highest and tallest mountain in Chiriqui of Panama

Volcano Baru which is also known as Volcan Barú is the highest and tallest mountain in Chiriqui of Panama. The road is very steep to the top of the volcano. There are rock faces covered with graffiti, with a magnificent view of this place. It is about a height of 3,474 meters (11,398 ft) above sea level and is a dormant volcano. It is to the south of the Continental Divide which is in the western Chiriquí Province. The area is very fertile and served by the Chiriquí and Caldera rivers. Cerro Punta is to its west and Boquete to its east. In about 500 AD, this volcano had a major eruption and in 1550 AD, a minor eruption took place. From the top of this volcano, one can see both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The minimal temperature on this volcano can be below 0°C (32°F) and hence frost formation is frequent even in the dry season.
This region is also known as the Baru Volcano National Park and is the core of the reserve. This volcanic core is the highest mountain of Panama which is known as the Baru Volcano. At dawn, one can have the best of the views, and it is foggy most of the time otherwise. The common hike road is from Bouquet which is up the 4×4 road. One can see many birds in this forest. This is also considered the highest point in the Republic of Panama. This not a tropical forest because of its altitude. There are plenty of birds to see and it has the characteristics of a cloud forest. The timber line is close to the summit.
The popular attractions of the place around are: Finca Dracula Orchids farm, Sendero Los Quetzales Parque, Internacional La Amistad and Parque Nacional Volcan Baru. The nearby cities are Limon-Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo-Costa Rica, David-Panama, Boquete-Panama.

The popular events of the place are as below
• Flowers and Coffee Fair (Boquete): January
• La Candelaria Fair (Bugaba): January to February
• Boquete Jazz Festival (Boquete): February
• David International Fair (David): March
• Orchids Fair (Boquete): April
• San Andres Fair (Bugaba): November
• Highlands Fair (Volcán): December

Attractions around:
• Finca Dracula Orchids farm: This farm is five minutes from the Los Quetzales Lodge in Guadelupe. It houses one of the complete orchid collections that are found in Latin America.
• Sendero Los Quetzales: This is also known as the Quetzales Trail. This is a Natural trail which is a link between the Boquete and Cerro Punta villages through La Amistad International Park.
• Parque Internacional La Amistad: This is also known as the Friendship International Park. It is a bi-national (Panama-Costa Rica) natural reserve which falls in the mountains of the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas Del Toro which is on the Panamanian side.
• Coffee Plantation of Boquete: This region is famous for gesha coffee which can be visited and enjoyed and one can buy coffee that is grown on volcanic slope. Cafe Ruiz and Kotowa are for touring.
• Whitewater River Rafting on the Chiriquí Viejo: River tours that is about 1/2 day and full day rafting excursions. Among them are:
o Chiriqui River Rafting
o Panama Rafters
o Boquete Outdoor Adventure
• Visit Paradise Garden: This is a Wildlife Rescue Center in Panama which takes an entrance fee in order to support the centre.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit this place would be December through March which is the dry season and from May till November it gets wet and above 3000 meters it gets very cold at night. To have best views one should be on the peak at dawn, else due to fog visibility is low.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
The easiest way is to take to reach Volcano Baru is by taking a cab from Boquete for US$5 until La Casetta.
To get around, Walking is the best way to go.

One can reach Boquete
• From David: Every 45 minutes until 8PM there are buses that leave to Boquete which takes one hour.
• From San Jose in Costa Rica: From Tracopa terminal a bus leaves in the morning to David and from there the above bus can be taken to reach Boquete.
• From Panama City: Air Panamá and Aeroperlas offers daily flights to David which is about 50 minutes.
• From the Albrook bus terminal there are buses that are run by Panafrom, Padafront, and Terminales David to David every one hour.
• There is a shuttle available between Bocas Del Toro and Boquete.

Get around Bouquete:
One can either take foot or take a taxi to go around. Apart from this there are several tour companies offering packages of tour around the place.

Plan adventure to Volcan Baru from Amazon site:

Frommer’s Panam Fodor’s Panama, 2nd Edition Volcán Barú: eruptive history and volcano-hazards assessment

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Yahoo travel

Blogs / Sites about Volcano Baru:

WordPress Blog

Images and photos of Volcano Baru:

Google Image Search

Videos of Volcan Baru from youtube:

My Baru Hiking Experience (Volcan Baru, Boquete, Panama)

Volcan Baru


Viaje Volcan Baru Expedicion

Volcan Baru panama

Volcán Barú

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