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4 x 4 Drive UP the Volcan Baru

 

“Volcán Barú is a dormant, but potentially active volcano just south of the Continental Divide in the western Chiriqui Provence is surrounded by a fertile area of cool highlands rained by the Chiriquí and Caldera rivers. The towns of Volcan and Cerro Punta can be found on its western side, while Boquete is on the eastern flank.

The occasional fall of hail or ice pellets has been reported on the summit, where the minimal temperature can be below 0°C (32°F) and the formation of frost is frequent during the dry season.

 

Last Eruption

 

The last major eruption of the volcano was about 500 AD. There are reports and some evidence of a minor eruption around 1550 AD. However, in 2006, an earthquake swarm occurred underneath the mountain, raising fears that it could erupt sometime in the future with explosive force.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki pictures and above text from wikipedia

 

At 3,475meters (11,400 feet), the Baru Volcano is Panama's highest point. The portion of the road that departs Boquete is paved, or mostly so, and then changes to a dirt, rocky road at the entrance to the park. Temperatures at the top are very cool, particularly during the dry season months when the cool temperatures are accompanied by high winds.

 

This dormant volcano is just south of the Continental Divide in the western province of Chiriqui. The towns of Volcan, Cerro Punta and Guadalupe can be found on its western side, while Boquete is on the eastern flank. The fertile volcanic soil and climate of the area make it one of Panama's most productive agriculture regions as it is also drained by the Chiriqui and Caldera Rivers.

 

The Volcan Baru is roughly equidistant from Panama's northern and southern coastlines, and only about 25 kilometers east of the border with Costa Rica. Due to its height and Panama's relatively short width it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean (the Caribbean Sea to be more precise) from the Volcan Baru's peak on a clear day.

 

Temperatures

 

Temperatures at the top are very cool, particularly during the dry season months (December to May) when the cool temperatures are accompanied by high winds. Sweaters, jackets, gloves and long pants are highly suggested, if not mandatory. If you plan to spend the night you would be foolish not to bring cold weather gear, a good tent and below 0ºC (32ºF) sleeping bags. In our hiking tours you will receive all the equipment and gear that you will need. In this way you do not have worry about carrying it through all your travels around Latin American. Before packing, remember to ask yourself, how many times will I use a tent and my sleeping bag? If you plan to use it each week, then its worth taking it through your entire journey, but if you are only going to be using it each month or so, then we would suggest leaving your camping equipment at home. In many places around Latin America you will be able to rent all the camping gear you could need.

 

For more information on DRIVING up the Volcan Baru in a 4 x 4 Jeep, please call or e-mail Bradd;

justin@boquetesafari.com • 6627-8829 area code 507

 

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