Price: $35 per person Duration: 3 Hours
Trek through remote virgin cloud forests to look for the Resplendent Quetzal, surrounding the perimeter of the Volcan Baru National Park.
- Roundtrip Transport
- Knowledgeable Bilingual Guide
- Trail Entrance Fees
- Experienced Wildlife Guide
- Birdwatching (option)
- Gorgeous Waterfalls (option)
- Cloud Forest Trekking
- Rare Wildlife Species
Trip Description:This amazing hike goes into remote virgin cloud forest surrounding the perimeter of Volcan Baru National Park. There are many trails in this area, and we have chosen the best for you. We first suggest to go to the Pipeline Trail, which is the best maintained, with old growth trees and the best chance for spotting rare species such as the Resplendent Quetzal, sloths, and monkeys. With more than 220 bird species native to the area, including the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, birding opportunities abound. The Lost Waterfalls Trail parallels Quebrada La Mina, a gorgeous creek that meanders through the ridges and valleys above Boquete, creating spectacular waterfalls and eventually spilling into Rio Caldera. Choose your Boquete Cloud Forest trails here.
**Special Online Price: $35 per person (reduced for a limited time – Half Day Tour).**
(Pipeline Trail Only)
Regular Price: $60 per person (Half Day – Pipeline Trail)
**Special Online Price: $38 per person (reduced for a limited time – Half Day Tour).**
(Lost Waterfalls Trail Only)
Regular Price: $60 per person (Half Day – Lost Waterfalls Trail)
**Special Online Price: $85 per person (reduced for a limited time – Full Day Tour).**
(Quetzal Trail Only)
Regular Price $100 per person (Full Day – Quetzal Trail)
**Special Online Price: $85 per person (reduced for a limited time – Overnight Tour).**
(Volcan Baru Trail Only)
Regular Price $100 per person (Full Day – Volcan Baru Trail)
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Packages with this Tour:
- 2-Day “Boquete Quick Combo” Package
- 2-Day “Coffee, Canyon, and Cloud Forest” Package
- 2-Day “Surf and Turf” Package
- 3-Day “Best of Boquete” Package
- 5-Day “Totally Chiriqui” Package
- 8-Day “Rumble in the Jungle” Package
Morning Half Day Tour: 8:15am – 12:15pm
Afternoon Half Day Tour: 1:30pm – 5:15pm
Full Day Tour (Quetzal Trail): 7:30am-3:30pm
Overnight Volcano Trail Tour: 11:30pm-11:30am
Boquete Cloud Forests, Chiriqui Province, Panama. How to get to Boquete.
The tour goes to a higher elevation in the cloud forest which is generally cooler. Generally, the mornings are best for birdwatching and wildlife opportunities and weather conditions. We do not recommend it during the afternoons during the rainy season months of July-October.
At the BOA Office in Plaza Los Establos on Main Street in Boquete. How to get to our office in Boquete.
Various Trails can be chosen for fitness levels and abilities.
Short sections of the trail are steep uphill climbs. Please let us know your fitness and hiking ability.
Trip details may change due to severe weather or unforeseen events.
Wildlife spotting is highly likely, but not guaranteed.
Approximate Tour Schedule (approximate times that can change daily):
8:00am – 8:15am – Meet in office **Please be on time to not keep other guests waiting**
8:15am – 8:45am – Drive to Hiking Trail
8:45am – 11:45am – Guided Birdwatching or Hike with Knowledgeable Guide
11:45am – 12:15pm – Return drive to Boquete
What To Bring:
- Rain Jacket
- Sturdy Shoes
- Sun Block
- Water Bottle
Guide – Hiking Difficulty Level
EASY: Young and elderly. Someone in fair hiking condition. Trail is in good condition. Very little elevation gain.
MODERATE: Someone in good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition. Increased mileage. Moderate elevation gain.
CHALLENGING: Someone in good hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition. Increased mileage. Significant elevation gain.
DIFFICULT: Someone in excellent hiking condition. Trails are generally in good condition. Significant increase in mileage. Significant increase in elevation gain.
VERY DIFFICULT: Someone in excellent hiking condition. Trails are not always in good condition. Significant increase in mileage. Significant increase in elevation gain.
EXTREME: Someone in exceptional hiking/climbing condition. Trails are not always available. Significant increase in mileage. Extreme elevation gain. Technical aspects of hike.
Boquete Cloud Forest Hiking Trails:
The Pipeline Trail
Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length of Trail (roundtrip): 4.5 km / 2.8 miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
The Pipeline Trail is our MOST RECOMMENDED trail for our half-day hikes. It winds through the cloud forest and passes through two micro-climates, has various small wildlife, and is one of the best areas for the chance to see the Resplendent Quetzal, as well as numerous other birds. It is an easy trail that can be done with any age-group and most fitness levels. This is the perfect option if you have limited time and want to see the beautiful cloud forests of Boquete, and a chance to see the rare Quetzal, with your family and friends. Half-day trail, up and back takes 3 hours.
We recommend this trail in our Combo Discount Special Packages:
- “Best of Boquete” 3-Day Combo
- “Boquete Quick Combo” 2-Day Combo
- “Boquete Surf and Turf” 2-Day Combo
- “Totally Chiriqui” 5-Day Combo
The Lost Waterfalls Trail
Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging
Length of Trail (roundtrip): 4.5 km / 2.8 miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
The Lost Waterfalls Trail is quite steep at the beginning so requires a higher fitness level. It has three gorgeous waterfalls (the third being difficult to get to). The first waterfall is easily accessible with a good flow into a canyon (no swimming) and makes for a perfect photo-op. The second waterfall, further up the trail, has great water flow into a small pool, however it is not recommended to go under the waterfall due to falling rocks. There is also a small secret cavern just next to the waterfall. The third waterfall requires a more strenuous trek and is not always accessible due to time constraints and trail maintenance. It is beautiful, but doesn’t allow for swimming due to falling rocks. The trail is very nice with gorgeous jungle scenery, however there is less chance of seeing wildlife on this trail. Half day trail, up and back takes 3 hours.
The Quetzal Trail
Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging (trail condition dependent on rainy season rainfall)
Length of Trail (roundtrip): 9.6 km / 6 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
The Quetzal Trail is one of the most well-known trails in the area, due to it’s name, and various bird species. It winds through multiple types of forests and micro-climates and ascends/descends from 2500 meters above sea level to 1800 meters above sea level. The trail can be challenging to follow as there are many forks leading to the easy possibility of getting lost. The trail, in it’s entirety, one-way takes 4 hours to get to Cerro Punta, and 4 hours back. Another option is to drive 2 hours to Cerro Punta and hike one-way for 4-5 hours. It is very steep at the beginning and end. We only provide a hike on this trail with a minimum group number and higher price due to it’s length and difficulty. Full day trail, one way takes 4 hours, up and back takes around 7 hours.
The Culebra Trail
The Culebra Trail is in the cloud forest, and is most recommended for Bird Watching on the 2nd day, to be able to see different species of birds and wildlife than the Pipeline Trail. Half day trail, up and back or loop takes about 3 hours. This trail can potential go for 16 km, however, we only hike the first part for a half day trip.
The Volcano Baru Trail
Level of Difficulty: Difficult-Very Difficult
Length of Trail (roundtrip): 26 km / 16 miles
Hiking Time: 9-11 hours
The hike up Volcan Baru is a strenuous yet rewarding experience. The trail is in moderate condition, as it is a 2-track rocky road. There is an extreme elevation gain in a relatively short amount of time. The trail ascends to 3500 meters above sea level in less than 6 hours one-way, and there is a rare chance to spot various wildlife, while experiencing different forests and micro-climates. The hike is recommended overnight to arrive at the peak to see the summit sunrise from the highest point in Panama. It can reach below freezing temperatures at the peak. Up and back takes about 9-11 hours.
We recommend this trail in these trips:
- Overnight Summit Sunrise Hiking Volcano Baru
- “Boquete Challenge” 24-Hour Combo with Whitewater Rafting
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