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Showing posts with label Volcan Baru. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Volcan Baru. Show all posts

Boquete Tour : Volcan Baru






At 3,475 meters (11,400 feet), "el Volcan Baru" is the highest point of Panama. To get the most out of this hike, we invest two days to complete the 27 km to the top of the Baru Volcano and back to Boquete. In this way we are able to have an incredible camping experience, have a rest after the first 13.5 km up and then reach the Volcano's peak just in time to admire how a spectacular sky full of stars (and sometimes a full moon) gives away to a magical sunrise and if we are lucky enough, to the most incredible view of Panama's both coastlines.

We meet at a pre-arranged point to check that all the necessary gear and camping equipment is in place and start getting acquainted with the rest of our fellow hikers who will accompany us for the following 30 hours. Everybody is expected to have already had breakfast. A short security briefing is given by our tour guide and then we commence our journey.

Previously arranged transportation takes us on a 20 minute drive to where the real adventure begins. We start in the morning of the first day at the ranger station (where we also register by names and passports) at the entrance of "El Parque Nacional Volcan Baru" dressed comfortably to begin the hike with our backpacks full of food, water, extra clothing and with our bodies full of energy. If the group is of less than 6 hikers, then we also need to carry our tents, sleeping bags and stoves. If a large group we are going to do the hike we normally hire a driver and rent an ATV (Four Wheel All Terrain Vehicle) with a trailer attached to it to lighten our weight a bit. The ATV will transport all the camping gear (tents, sleeping bags and stoves) and extra water.
The scenery during the hike changes from rolling grass-covered hills to dense jungle to exposed rocky cliffs.

At the 9 km mark, there is a view of one of the craters, which is quite impressive. Extinct for nearly 500 years, the crater is completely covered with growth, as are the crater's walls. Some trails exist on the top, leading to either side of the crater. Other trails to smaller craters also exist, however, we are headed to conquer the Volcano's peak.

Timing depends on the amount of hikers and their physical condition. Expect from 4 to 7 hours until we get to the camping site known as "Los Fogones" at kilometer 12. Once we are there, we set up our tents, cook dinner and, make a nice camp fire. Some wine is poured around and we make a toast for a clear day and safe return. On full moon nights it is incredible. At just half an hour from the top, after the moon has set, on a clear night, you will be able to see more stars than you ever have seen before.

Next day, normally an hour before the sun rises, we hike the last kilometer and a half to the top. The morning sights are amazing. When the sun starts to rise, beautiful colors of purple, orange, pink and red appear. The sky slowly changes from black to blue while the clouds dissipate and re-form due to the temperature changes caused by the rising sun. This is the best moment to see the oceans. It is hard to put into words how amazing it is to watch this new day begin. You may have seen sunrises before, but surely few compare to one witnessed at the top of Baru.
On a clear day we can easily see the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Panama is the only country in the world in which you can do this. After delighting ourselves with the views, the cold normally makes us choose to descend.
After taking dismantling the camping site we head back to Boquete. It normally takes 1 hour less to hike back down. 

Camping Trip and Guided Hike

Price:
$ 175.00 per person


Prices includes: bilingual certified guide, transportation from downtown Boquete to Baru Volcano National Park entrance and back to Boquete at the end of the hike, entrance fee at ranger station, extra water, sleeping bag, tent, head lamp, pair of gloves, warm hat, sweater, gas canister and portable stove. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast for the next day are provided, as well as some fruits and snacks.

Itinerary
  • 8:30 a.m. Meet at your hotel
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart to entrance of the Volcan Baru National Park.
  • 9:20 a.m. Register names and passports at the ranger station. Pay park fees.
  • 9:30 a.m. We start hiking.
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Arrive to "Los Fogones" Camping Site and setup camp.
  • 6:00 p.m. Start camp fire and begin cooking dinner.
  • 7:30 p.m. Drink some wine, chill out, swap stories and count shooting stars.
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights out.
  • 5:00 a.m. Wake up and have something small to eat.
  • 5:10 a.m. Start hiking the last part to the top of the Volcano.
  • 5:55 a.m. Reach the top and choose your spot to contemplate heaven on Earth.
  • 6:00 a.m. Contemplate.
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Head back to camping site.
  • 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Prepare breakfast, get ready to return and rest a little bit.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Start hiking back.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arrive to ranger station.
  • 2:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Ride back to downtown Boquete.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Arrive to your hotel.
Note: schedule is subject to change. Times are approximate and depend on weather, group size, hikers physical condition and other factors.







Guided Trek Only
Price:
$ 89.00 per person









Prices includes: bilingual certified guide, transportation from downtown Boquete to Baru Volcano National Park entrance and back to Boquete at the end of the hike, entrance fee at ranger station, head lamp, pair of gloves, warm hat and sweater. Two meals, fruit and snacks are provided

Itinerary
  • 5 a.m. or 11 p.m. Meet at your hotel
  • 30 minutes to reach the Volcan Baru's National Park.
  • 5 minutes to register names and passports at the ranger station. Pay park fees.
  • 4 - 6 hours to reach the top of the Volcano and choose a spot to contemplate.
  • 1 - 2 hours to contemplate and have breakfast or lunch (depends on the time we leave).
  • 3.5 to 5.5 hours to hike down the Volcano.
  • 30 minutes to drive back to downtown Boquete.
  • At the end of the excursion, 12 hours to rest properly... at least.
Note: schedule is subject to change. Times are approximate and depend on weather, group size, hikers physical condition and other factors.

What do you need to take?
  • A backpack
  • 4 liters of drinking water (at least)
  • Snacks, chocolate bars, energy bars (meals and fruit are provided)
  • Shoes in good condition for hiking
  • A digital camera with enough batteries and memory space
  • Rain coat or waterproof jacket
  • A high level of stamina, eagerness to face the challenge and a huge appetite for adventure

Panama Rafting: White Water Rafting & River Tours in Chiriqui





Chiriqui White Water River Tours



Chiriqui has a rafting trip for everybody. Spectacular passages through mysterious gorges in the middle of nowhere, fun and scenic family runs, steep gradients that lead to boiling eddies and big drops, hidden waterfalls, strong hydraulics that produce wild waves and intense and crazy rapids. Are you ready for Panama rafting? And if you are looking to experience the biggest white water in Central America, the rivers of Panama get even wilder during the rainy season, specially from June to November.


Panama Rafting Trip Options departing from Boquete



How to choose the right rafting trip for you? Besides considering the difficulty of the river (which is known as the "Class") you also have to take into account the time you have. This is why we offer rafting trips of different lenghts:
  • Full Day Rafting Trips: leave Boquete at 7 a.m. and return at 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Overnight Rafting Trips: leave Boquete at 7 a.m. and return at 3 - 4 p.m. on the next day
Actual trip time on the water (2.5 - 4 hours) depends on how much water is in the river (the more rain, the faster the river, the shorter the trip) and on which sections can or cannot be rafted on a specific day.
If you can spare the time, we definitvely recommend investing a whole day on the river. In our opinion whitewater river rafting is simply the best outdoor adventure tour in the area, so why not make the most out of it?
On the other hand, an overnight rafting trip is a magical experience... swapping stories around a camp fire on the river's shore in the middle of Panama's virgin tropical forests is an experience that cannot be matched by anything else and it is simply too awesome to be put into words. Consider an overnight rafting trip as two full day rafting trips put together, linked by the most amazing camping experience.


                                                   
   
Chiriqui ViejoPalonIII/IVIV/IV+Full Day or Overnight*3 - 4 hours
Chiriqui Viejo SaboIIIIII/IVFull Day or Overnight*3 hours
GaricheUppern/aII/IIIFull Day 3 - 4 hours
ChiriquiWitchesn/aIII/IVHalf Day*1.5 - 2 hours
CalderaUppern/aIVToy Trip*1 hour
DolegaLowern/aII/IIIHalf Day2 - 2.5 hours
MajaguaLowern/aII/II+Half Day1.5 hours
EstiIIIIHalf Day2 - 2.5 hours


 * Double the rafting time for overnight trips. The half day rafting trip on the Witches section of the Chiriqui can be transformed into a Full Day Rafting Trip by adding a visit to the Caldera Hot Springs at the end of the run. During the rainy season a run down the Caldera River can be added to any half day rafting trip to make it a full day rafting trip (this is what we call Toy Trip), or we can also run this river two times, in which case it would also be considered a full day rafting trip      

Full Day Rafting Trips      
          $75.00 per person                  

Overnight Rafting Trips
$175.00 per person
                                            


Prices include: transportation to and back from Boquete (we can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel), rafting equipment, professional guides, drinking water and meals (lunch for full day rafting trips, and every meal for the overnight rafting trips).

Prices do not include: Panama's Sales Tax.

Note: A minimum of 4 persons is required for a full day rafting an overnight rafting trip.

The following list of items are suggested
  • Shoes or sandals with a sturdy sole and connected to the heel (in other words shoes that will not fall off: no flip flops!)
  • Towel and change of dry cloths
  • Waterproof sun screen
  • C├ędula or copy of your passport and of the page with Panama's entry stamp (in fact, you should always carry this)
  • Bands for glasses
  • Waterproof disposable camera (only take to the river equipment that you can afford to loose)
  • Snacks for at the end of trip (lunch is provided)