Volcan Baru | Panama, 2000

Distance :  16.8 miles (27 km)

Avg.Time :   6-8 hours return

Start / Finish :

  • Volcan Baru ranger station.
  • From the nearby village of Boquete, it is about 8km to the trailhead. You should be able to take a shared taxi or have one of the Zona Urbana minibuses drop you off nearby.

Seasonality : The dry season between December and April is best for hiking.

Maps / Info :

  • I used the sketch map in Bradt Publications, Backpacking in Central America [1996]. There doesn’t appear to be anything in the way of trail maps on the internet. That being said, you really don’t need a map for this walk. Just follow the dirt road.

Route / Conditions :

  • Basically you are following a dirt road all the way to the radio mast-sporting, graffiti scarred peak. Difficult to get lost as long as you keep to the road.
  • Take at least 4 litres of water, as there is none along the way.

Sleeping : Day hike.

Overview :

  • A pretty ordinary hike along a dirt road. I do not recommend it. If you have just come across the border from Costa Rica, this will be a disappointment.

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