Volcan Baru National Park is located in the Province of
Chiriqui, 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.
How to get there
From Panama City you can take a 1-hour
flight or a 6-hour drive to David, followed by a 30-minute trip by car to Boquete at 40
kilometers or 25 miles. From Boquete you can reach the Park's main entrance, the route to
the top or the many trails
Once you are in David, you could
have the possibility to rent a car for an easy access to Boquete and the park. There are
many hotels in David that you could use for your stay or as a center of your activities.
Because Boquete is one of the main tourist destinations of Panama and because of its
closeness to the park it also has many hotels, restaurants, guides, banks and
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.