Volcan Baru

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Panama's tallest mountain at 3478m is an extinct volcano with spectacular views from the summit of both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Not too many other peaks can lay claim to that fact. The climb winds up through navel orange orchards, quetzal filled forests and past some of the seven volcanic craters. The trail itself is an all day climb up a scree filled trail but the views waiting at the summit are worth it.

Elevation (feet): 11,398
Elevation (meters): 3,474
Continent: North America
Country: Panama
Range/Region: Costa Rica - Panama Ranges
Latitude: 8.8
Longitude: -82.53
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
Most recent eruption: 1550 AD
Nearest major airport: Panama City
Convenient Center: Town of Volcán (if ascending from the West) and Boquete (if ascending from the East)

Thanks to Tim Bollans for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Volcan Baru.

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  • Log #19136 - by Paul Tetley on Feb 14, 2006
    All day hike (27km, 10 hours), best started around 4am in order to summit prior to clouds obscuring view of Atlantic (Caribbean) and Pacific Oceans. My first ascent and worth every minute.
  • Log #16958 - by Jack Plotkin on Apr 21, 2004
    Randy and I arranged for a cab to pick us up in front of our hotel (Hotel Rebequet) at 4 AM. There are two roads going to the trailhead and he used the road to the south of town because it's in...
  • Log #16959 - by Diane Lamarche on Jan 19, 2004
    It was a long day and very windy at the top. I regret I didn't take my binoculars; there are so many birds on the way although you can see a lot without because they are so close. Thanks to my local...
  • Log #16960 - by Rob Carey on Oct 04, 2003
    My mother's cabin in Pasoancho has a beautiful view of Baru, and for years I had always wanted to climb it. So I decided to make the climb on my next trip to Panama. When I got to Pasoancho I started...
  • Log #16961 - by ericka chabot on Dec 30, 2002
    I want to have information about all the preparation, to go the the top of Volcano Baru. Is it possible in 1 day? Do we need a detail map. Is the path good? Thanks a lot
  • Log #16962 - by Beatriz Loizillon on June 24, 2002
    avoid the rain season!
  • Log #16963 - by Klaus D Haidacher on June 24, 2002
    Volcan Baru summit climb from the West via Volcan The BEST TIME OF THE YEAR is definitely FEBRUARY - MARCH, mid-April might already lead you directly into the start of the rain season. Generally...