Price: $85 per person Duration: 11 Hours
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Experience Panoramic Views of the Pacific and Caribbean from the highest peak in Panama: Volcan Baru.
- Roundtrip Transport
- Experienced Guide
- National Park Entrance Fees
Volcan Baru Highlights:
- Summit Sunrise
- Panoramic Views of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
- 3,474 meters (11,398 feet)
- Challenge Yourself to New Heights
Volcan Baru Trip Description:Volcan Baru, a dormant volcano just south of the Continental Divide, is one of the only places in the world where one can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the same time with the naked eye. Dozens of people attempt the climb daily, hoping to make summit before the gorgeous sunrise shines above the clouds, to then light up the beautiful mountain town of Boquete. Join us to make the steep and rugged climb by foot. You will make your way to the dormant volcano’s summit, as you traverse through rolling green hills, lush jungle, and finally to rocky cliffs. From the summit, you will get the breath-taking panoramic view of both of Panama’s coastlines, the Pacific and the Caribbean for a “once-in-lifetime” opportunity to witness a volcano sunrise from the highest point in Panama. The hike is not for the faint-of-heart as it is an extremely challenging trail, from the Boquete ranger station to the summit, often taking even the most experienced hikers 5-6 hours one way just to make the summit. Depending on your speed, you will wait at the top for the sunrise, amidst sometimes freezing temperatures and blistering cold wind gusts. The gorgeous views from the top are worth it, and to say you’ve “been to the highest point in Panama”, but keep in mind your knees still must endure 6 hours back down. We encourage only the most physically fit and determined to attempt this climb. For the Jeep 4×4 Tour, CLICK HERE
- Guided Hike: $85 per person **Special Online Price**
- “Boquete Challenge” combo with Whitewater Rafting
Regular Price: $100 per person.
Special price may not available during holiday weeks
Packages with this Tour:
- Guided Hike: 11:00pm – 11:30am (overnight)
Volcan Baru National Park, Boquete, Chiriqui Province, Panama. How to get to Boquete.
The tour goes to the Volcano Summit which has extremely cold temperatures and strong wind gusts. This trip goes rain or shine, unless there is an extreme weather event that closes down the Volcan Baru National Park. If the authorities have closed the park, we will not be able to do the trip. The clearest time of day year-round is during the sunrise. During peak rainy season, there could be inclement weather during the hike up, bring a heavy rain coat and waterproof equipment. The best time of year is December-April. For the most up-to-date weather forecast, Mountain Forecast has some great information about Volcano Baru.
Hotel Pickup in Boquete or the Stairs in front of Plaza Los Establos. How to get to checkin at our office in Boquete.
Volcan Baru Information:
Volcan Baru Overnight Summit Sunrise Hike
Trip Duration: 11:00pm-11:30am (the following morning, return time depends on hiking speed)
Trail Length: 16.77 miles / 27 km roundtrip (up and back)
Elevation Gain: 7,498 feet (2,274 meters)
Elevation of Boquete: ~3,900 feet / 1,200 meters (approximate)
Elevation of Volcan Baru Summit: 11,398 feet / 3,474 meters
Temperature at Summit: 45 Fahrenheit / 7 Celsius (approximate lows)
- Trail Length: from the Boquete Ranger Station and Trailhead to the summit is 8.38 miles (13.5 km) one-way. 16.77 miles (27 km) round trip.
- Trail Elevation Gain: The town of Boquete sits in a valley at around 3,900 feet (1,200 meters). During the hike, you will gain approximately 7,498 feet (2,274 meters) in elevation from Boquete to the top of Volcan Baru 11,398 feet (3,474 meters). There is a high chance of altitude sickness. Our guide knows to look for the symptoms.
- Required Fitness Level: You must be in excellent physical hiking fitness to attempt this climb. This is a strenuous uphill climb on a steep rocky road, with extreme cold, rain, and wind conditions.
- Summit Conditions: The summit is extremely cold, sometimes below freezing, please bring plenty of warm clothing (hat, gloves, scarf, warm socks, rain gear, multiple layers on top and bottom) and extra water (4 liter minimum per person).
- If there is rain, cloudiness, or bad weather at the top to obstruct your view, no refunds can be given.
- Best time of day for clear view: Exact sunrise is usually the best chance for a clear view
- Best months for clear view: January-May(summer dry season)
- Greatest chance of rain: July-December (rainy season)
- This hike is on the Boquete side of the volcano (not the Volcan side).
- If you would like to see the Resplendent Quetzal and other wildlife, we recommend alternate trails and our cloud forest hikes.
- Trip details may change due to severe weather, unforeseen events, or park closures.
- The price of this hike is due to the extreme nature of the hike, and the experience of the guide it requires.
- Guided hike price can be discounted based on group size.
- Mountain Forecast is a useful website that has general 6- and 9-day weather forecasts.
What To Bring:
- Headlamp / Flashlight
- Rain Gear
- Snacks, Food, and Energy Bars
- Sturdy Hiking Shoes
- Sun Block
- Warm Clothing in layers – EXTREMELY warm clothing!!!
- Water Bottle
- Waterproof Camera
There are no major outdoor clothing stores in Boquete so it is best to bring your required clothing items with you. There are a few stores where you can buy small items to prepare:
- El Gigante de Boquete Store (located on the Central Park next to the Revilla Pharmacy) is a better place for “accessories for Volcan Baru” and it has knit gloves, beanies, hats, socks, rain ponchos, jackets, backpacks, and headlamps and batteries.
- Todo a Dollar store (located on Avenue Central in between Plaza Los Establos and Sugar and Spice) sometimes has light rain ponchos.
- Various Thrift Stores are located along Avenue Central with various coats, jackets, pants.