One-way Distance: 8.8 km (5.4 miles) - 18 km (11.1 round trip)
One-way Time: 5-7 hours (10 -14 hours round-trip)
Elevation Gain: 686 m. (2,250 ft)
Max Height: 2,505 m (8,218 ft.)
Attractions: cloud forest, view, plants and animals , rivers
Activities: hiking, camping, bird watching
Activity combines some easy sections with others that require more physical effort. It applies to long walks on uneven terrain (river crossings, dense vegetation , big boulders , very slippery ground), or short walks on trail with steep inclination.
Boquete Access: Take the road that leads to Alto Chiquero. It can be reached by taxi or bus from the Parque Domingo Medica. In Alto Chiquero is an ranger station, but the trailhead is still about 2.2 km (1.3 miles) down a gravel road and is marked by a faded sign on your left.
The trail is in relatively good condition, sufficiently marked. After being closed for two years for storm damage ANAM has reopened the trail for the public again. There is only one river crossing that has no bridge (1 km from the Boquete trailhead) but not enough to cause any worry. During the rainiest part of the year (October to December) the path can be very muddy.
You have several options for how to enjoy this trail:
1. Go and return the same day 18 km (11 miles) - recommend starting no later than 6:00 a.m.
2. Most people go in one direction and arrange for someone (taxi-tour operator) to pick you up the other side to take back to your town of origin
3. Camping - there is a point that is almost at the halfway point of the trail (about 3 miles from both trailheads). You can camp at this point and finish the next day
4. You may walk the trail from Boquete to Cerro Punta and stay in Cerro Punta (or vice-versa). You can carry a day pack and than arrange for a taxi to take your luggage to where you will be staying in Cerro Punta o Boquete. Trusting the taxi driver is up to you though!
Additional Information - Volcan Baru National Park:
A little Extra:
Trails like this we recommend you use hiking boots. Be sure to use several times BEFORE attempting this hike.
There are points on the path where there is trash consisting of plastic water bottles, food cans and cans of energy drinks. Make the effort to keep the trail clean and make sure "Leave no Trace" and exit with all that brought in.
Dry Season: Easily Accessible
Rainy Season: Path muddy landslides, high water level in rivers
The Hours, Fees, Local Guides
Hours: 6AM – 4PM
Students National - B. 1.00
National Visitors - B. 3.00
Foreign Visitors B. 5.00
Seniors - B. 1.50
National Protected Areas Department: (507) 500-0855 / (507) 500-0839
National Protected Area (ANAM) Regional Office, David – Tel: (507) 774-6671
Boquete - ( 507 ) -720-3057
National Park offices Tel: (507) 775-2055
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