Hiking Explorer

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If you are into hiking and exploring nature, this Panama adventure itinerary will exceed your wildest expectations: Hidden waterfalls in the rainforest, the fairy-tale looking cloudforest, and the highest elevation in the country from where you can see the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea at the same time!

Highlights

  • Hiking in the crater of a gigantic extinct volcano.
  • See the Pacific & Caribbean at the same time from the top of Baru Volcano.
  • Off the beaten path hikes to rainforest waterfalls.
  • Quetzales Trail, one of the most beautiful hikes in Central America.

Tour Details

Travel Style
All our multi-day adventure tours are private and customizable. They can be partially-guided or fully-guided throughout depending on your needs. You are welcome to add more activities or leisure time. We take care of all the logistics, you focus on having a good time.

Skill Level
We can adjust our tours to your skill level, but this adventure tour in particular requires very good physical conditions regardless in order for everyone to enjoy the hikes. More details about each hike are provided on the itinerary below.

Trip Cost
From $2250 per person + 7% government tax (based on double occupancy)

What's Included

  • 8 Nights in carefully selected mid-range Small Hotels and B&B’s.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners (allow USD80-120 for meals not included).
  • 1 Domestic flight.
  • Tours/activities as outlined on the itinerary.
  • All internal transportation (land, water).
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off.
  • Fully bilingual expert local guides.

Not Included: International airfare, extras in hotels (laundry, telephone calls, room service).

Hiking Explorer
9 Days, 8 Nights
$2,250USD
Per Person + 7% Tax

Includes lodging, meals, 1 domestic flight, tours/activities as outlined on the itinerary, all internal transportation, expert local guides.

Not included: International airfare, extras in hotels (room service, phone calls, laundry)

Tour Route
Explore Panama while doing some of the best hikes in the country.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive/Panama City

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the International airport and transfer you to your hotel. We will go over the itinerary and answer any last minute questions. Early arrivals can go for a walk in the area or relax by the hotel pool.

Day 2 Panama Canal & Volcano Crater Hike

A visit to Panama without the Panama Canal will not be complete, so we will make a quick stop at the visitor’s center and watch the huge cargo ships passing through locks. After that, we cross the bridge over the Canal and drive west to a small mountain town that was built on the crater of a gigantic extinct volcano. This is a warm-up hike to get acclimated and prepared for the longer hikes ahead, we stretch our legs and hike from the crater to the rim. The first part is through lush green rainforest passing by ancient petroglyphs and a series of small waterfalls. Then at the top it’s mostly grass and open space with great views to the crater below. We will trek on the rim for a while and come down using a secondary trail to make our hike a loop. Elevation change is 1,000 ft. (300 m.) in 1 mile (1.6 km) and it should take us aprox. 2.5-3 hours round-trip. We are back in town for a hearty Panamanian style lunch and to continue with our journey exploring the mountains of Panama. If time allows we can make a quick stop at the beach for a refreshing dip.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Rainforest Adventure Hike & Sunset Hike

Today we will go hiking deep into the rainforest where only a few have gone before, we will go up in the mountains following a river discovering many waterfalls along the way. We will cross the river several times using ropes, and climb rocks to get to our final destination, a natural lookout point to a thundering waterfall with no other humans in sight. We will make stops to have fun sliding down big rocks that end in natural pools surrounded by lush vegetation and have a picnic lunch before starting the walk down using an old narrow trail some locals use to access their farms. We arrive back at the hotel for a break, and if there’s energy left in the tank, we can go out again for short late afternoon sunset hike.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Bouldering to Hidden Waterfalls & Jungle Night Walk

This morning you will be introduced to Panamanian fry bread or “hojaldres”, which you will probably love and be looking forward to them the following morning. Today is about immersion in the local culture, and this is a good way to start. We will visit an organic farm in the mountains where we’ll spend some time with the friendly family that lives there. Their graciousness of inviting us into their home to experience their way of life is something special that you will cherish for a long time. From here we will hike to nearby waterfalls that require going through technical terrain to reach them. We will go through boulders, waist deep into the river, and use a rope to go down small cliffs. There are multiple waterfalls in the area in all shapes and sizes, but most with the conveniently located natural pool inviting everyone for a swim. On the trails you will have the opportunity to see fruit trees, flowers, and spot colorful butterflies. At night, we will go for a walk in the forest in search of the red-eyed tree frog. Regardless if we find it or not, the experience of walking in the jungle at night is memorable enough to give it a try, and we always find a cool looking insect or two.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5-6 Baru Volcano Hike

We take things slow during the day in order to recharge batteries and be ready for the big volcano hike at midnight. We do the hike at midnight because afternoons and evenings tend to be cloudy and mornings provide the best chance for clear skies and uninterrupted views. Most of the day will be spent at the beach and you will have a room to change and rest once we reach Boquete, the town from where we start the hike. The Baru Volcano is a dormant volcano and is one of the only places in the world where you can see both the Pacific and Caribbean at the same time. We start the climb at 12:00 a.m. hoping to reach the summit before the gorgeous sunrise shines above the clouds. This hike is not for the faint-of-heart, often taking even experienced hikers 5 hours to reach the top, and about the same for the way down. The wait for the sunrise at the top can be amidst below freezing temperatures and blistering cold wind. However, this effort brings a reward. Seeing the clouds moving below you, and not through an airplane window, is an incredible feeling. When the sun comes out you will have never ending views, repeating mountaintops as far as the eye can see, and with two oceans in view, it is definitely the most stunning sunrise you can find in Panama. Most hikers will go back down the same way they came in, we will use the trail that goes down to the town on the other side of the volcano. We will transfer your bags and they will be waiting for you at a comfortable hotel where we will have lunch and have the afternoon open to rest, or for those interested, to get a massage at the hotel’s spa. Staying on this side of the volcano will allow us to hike back to Boquete the following day via the Quetzales Trail, one of the most beautiful trails in Central America.

Meals: Breakfast (2) | Lunch (2)

Day 7 Quetzales Trail Cloudforest Hike & Boquete

Considered one of the most gorgeous paths in Central America, the Quetzals Trail is without a doubt the most popular hike in Panama's western highlands. Located within the Baru Volcano National Park, it links the town of Guadalupe with Boquete. The park possesses a complicated orthography with scarped valleys and some of the most spectacular peaks in the country. Hiking the 9.6 kms (6 miles) of this path may take from 4 to 6 hours. Fluctuations in timing come from differences in hiking speeds, time spent contemplating the scenery and time invested looking for the splendorous birds that give its name to this path: the Resplendent Quetzal. Elevation change between the two ranger stations is not significant, but the highest point in the trail is marked at 2,500 meters, which means approximately 500 meters of up and down. The temperatures can range from 10°-20°C (50° to 60°F). Upon arrival in Boquete there will be time to go for a walk in town and have dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in this lovely mountain town.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 Boquete & Panama City

Boquete is a beautiful mountain town nestled in a valley where flowers bloom everywhere and rainbows are a common sight. Since the early 1900’s small farms planted with coffee trees in rich young volcanic soils have been a part of the scenery. With optimum weather conditions, elevation, and the pride and tradition of local coffee growers, Boquete is being recognized for its high quality coffee, recently setting world records for both score and price (94.66/US$803 per pound). Needless to say, this is a good place to do a coffee farm tour, visit one of the coffee shops, or at least buy some coffee to take home. The morning is at leisure, and besides coffee, it is a pleasant town to walk around, go for another hike, or take one of the half-day tours available in the area, such as the cloudforest canopy zip-line. Mid-afternoon we will drive you to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Panama City.

Day 9 Departure

After an amazing trip you will be transferred to the International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Extensions

Add extra nights, activities or destinations. All our multi-day adventure tours are flexible to customize. When making your reservation please let us know what would you like to  add as a tour extension.

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