Panama Top Destinations
The Volcano Baru is the only volcano in Panama and it is surrounded by a National Park that bears the same name.
The Volcano Baru National Park is located in the Province of Chiriqui close to Boquete, with a surface of 14,325 hectares (35,000 acres) and has a highly valuable geological and ecological scenic landscape that protects a biological diversity with some unique species of this area. In this park you will find tropical rainforest landscapes with highlands species and the remains of the last blast of the Baru Volcano that happened millions of years ago. The mix between the forest and the volcanic remains is in tune with the agricultural activities that are normal for this altitude with nice temperatures between 10º and 20º C. and typical natural foods, and all of this has contributed to make it one of the most visited parks in Panama.
What to do and Where to go? The visitors to this park will enjoy multiple ways of getting in touch with nature. Some trails, like La Nevera and Los Quetzales (from Cerro Punta to Boquete), can provide the enchantment of the tropical rainforest and its habitat. The ascent to the top of the volcano, 3,475 meters (11,000 ft) above sea level, could be made in a strong 4x4 vehicle and could take up to 45 minutes or on foot around 4 hours and will bring back memories of the origins of the American Continent. During this climb, you will have the opportunity to see much evidence of the last eruption.
Once you reach the top and with good weather conditions you could see both oceans (Pacific and Caribbean). You can also take some of the trails leading to the different craters of the Baru volcano and see birds that can only be seen here. Temperatures may drop as low as 20º C. Some fast flowing rivers like the Chiriqui Viejo, winding its way through the agricultural lands of Boquete are used for rafting or canoeing. Some other places like El Respingo near Cerro Punt are excellent for bird watching, especially the Quetzal (phraromacrus mocino) and the Toucan (ramphastos swainsonii), or for collecting some of the many Wild Orchids, ferns or moss that grow in this area. After a day of activities, living with nature you can have a cup of hot locally grown coffee while relaxing and enjoying the landscape and climate of the region.