VOLCAN BARU NATIONAL PARK




CREATION DATE: April 28, 1977.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The Baru Volcano National Park is located in the Chiriqui Province with a surface of 14.325 hectares. Is a scenario of high ecological and geological value that protects the biological diversity with unique species in this area.

In this park landscape run from tropical rainforest highlands species to products of the Baru Volcano last eruption, millions of years ago. This combination of forest and volcano is qualified to own agricultural activities in the highlands with a pleasant climate to natural and local foods, to become one of Panama's most visited sites.

¿HOW TO GET TO THE PARK?

To visit the Parque Nacional Volcan Baru from Panama City, is an hour by air or six hours by road, to the city of David. From here, there are 40 miles by road to the town of Boquete, to visit from here the top of Volcan Baru and the paths of access to the Park.

TOURISM SERVICES

In the City of David will find the convenience of renting a car, according to your taste and comfort, or hire a taxi, to move quickly to the town of Boquete. As Boquete is one of the most important tourist destinations of the country and for being very close to the Park, has a diversity of accommodation, guides, restaurants, telephone system, banks, tourist information and transportation services .

¿WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO GO?

In the Baru Volcano National Park (3.475 meters, the highest point of the country), visitors have many ways to spend pleasant hours with nature trails such as the La Nevera, the Quetzal (Cerro Punta-Boquete) where you can see the richness of the forest humid tropical with many species of giant trees.

The ascent of Volcan Baru is an opportunity to live in a setting that evokes the origins of the American Continent, a distance of four hours walk or 30 minutes by car 4x4 (all terrain) on a rough road. On your way you will have the opportunity to see lava and a host of evidence of its latest product volcanic eruption. At the peak, with a good weather you can see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

You can also walk the trails that access the various craters of Volcan Baru and have the opportunity to observe unique species of birds here. Temperatures at the summit of Volcan Baru can drop to 12C. Rivers such as the Chiriqui Viejo, across the agricultural landscape of Boquete, are used for rafting and canoeing.

Places like the Respingo Trail, near Cerro Punta, is perfect for bird watching, especially the Quetzal (phraromachrus Mocino) and the Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii), or to find beautiful orchids, ferns and mosses. After a day of activities, living with nature can be an aromatic coffee in Boquete while you relax and enjoy the warm climate and landscape of the region.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Pre-ceramic sites have recently been discovered near Baru Volcano in Chiriqui and are dated over 12,000 years old. Such sites are extremely uncommon in Central America and represent some of the region's earliest human inhabitants.

Analysis of the pre-Columbian archaeological sites have produced polychrome pottery which has led to the definition of two major cultural phases for the area: the Agua Buena phase, which lasted from 300 BC to 500 AD, and the Chiriqui phase, which lasted from 500 AD until the Spanish Conquest.


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