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hiking
muddy
private property
Wed Feb 06 2019

This hike goes to 3 nice waterfalls. I went in February (the dry season) and the trail was in pretty good condition. It is muddy and slippery other times. Some steep sections and a short rope assist. Great flowers. No birds or other creatures. Private property with a $7 per person entry fee. Parking is difficult at best. Taxi and bus service available from Boquete.

hiking
Fri Jan 11 2019

Excellent hike! One of the best that I have done, but you have to plan for it. I would recommend about $140 cash to make this happen, although you can save money if you have a GOOD 4x4. I also highly recommend getting a guide. My guides were Ryan and Mika. Ryan is a biologist, so when we were walking, he brought my attention to all sorts of exotic plants and wildlife. Mika is new to Kalu Yala but brings her experience from living in Equador on the Amazon River to help students and adventurers explore the habitat. On the hike, we saw two different breeds of monkeys, poison dart frogs, and countless birds and insects. At the Kalu Yala camp, I met some of the most thoughtful and interesting people who are like-minded with us outdoor types. NOTE: Technically, you could do the hike for free with an excellent four-wheel drive, and moderate land navigation skills, but I do recommend the guide. Recommended Packing List: - x2 pairs of polyester/nylon socks (your feet get wet and stay wet) - Good hiking shoes that dry quickly. - Nylon/polyester pants - Polyester shirt - Swim trunks - Reef or approach shoes for the waterfall. - Camera ( I used my cellphone camera which worked fine) - Snacks - Water treatment or life straw (The hike lasts about 6 hours out and back, allowing time for pictures)

backpacking
Mon Dec 17 2018

I backpacked this trail solo leaving Friday around noon from the trailhead and getting to the summit at 1800 just in time to see the sunset on the Pacific side. This was a grueling uphill climb with gear to spend the night and water. I brought a total of 4L and was enough. The trail itself is a combination of packed dirt, loose rooks, and a little muddy in some places. I set up my tent just before the last uphill part before the radio towers..There’s plenty of space a bit higher next to radio towers but wind was an issue that day. Also camping is good about 1.5 km shy of the summit in this big clearing. Temp was about 35F with a steady wind near the top but people say I had a warm night so be prepared for the cold. After a good nights sleep was able to enjoy the sunrise with a nice hot cup of coffee. If you are going to backpack be ready for a great challenge.

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

We hiked this trail In September 1. We did a night hike in order to arrive at the summit by sunrise. We reached the summit in about 5.5 hours moving at a slow to moderate pace, taking plenty of short breaks to rest. We spent an hour at the summit and then had a 3.5 hour hike back down. The trail itself isn’t tricky and is easy to follow. However, the steep incline of the trail, the rocky/muddy condition of the trail, and the distance made for a grueling nighttime hike. Additionally, a significant temperature change from the Panama heat at the base of the trail to near freezing conditions at the summit means you need to be extra prepared with layers of clothing. The views at the summit are killer and definitely worth the hike. However, this is definitely a trail you need to be physically and mentally prepared to tackle - particularly if it rains.

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

1 second ago This is a steep and often HOT hike that begins in the town of San Miguel and ends at Kalu Yala. If you don't have a 4x4 vehicle, this is how to get to Kalu Yala. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to visiting. https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

1 second ago This is a steep but rewarding hike that begins and ends at Kalu Yala. At the top of Cerro Prominente, you can see the Pacific Ocean and Panama City on clear days. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike. https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

1 second ago This is a steep but rewarding hike that begins and ends at Kalu Yala and reaches the Monkey Mountain Peak, which overlooks both the Pacora River Valley and the Mamoni River Valley. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike. https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

1 second ago This is my absolute favorite hike at Kalu Yala! Beware that this hike crosses a river many times, so rainy season flooding is a concern. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike. https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

This is a tough but rewarding hike that begins and ends at Kalu Yala. The jungle village at Kalu Yala has a hostel and an outfitter if you want to arrange a guided hike. Please look at the information on the following website prior to driving (4x4 REQUIRED!) to Kalu Yala to begin this hike. https://www.tresbrazosoutfitters.com/alltrails

Fri Aug 10 2018

for the difficulty, you will have it here. My legs are still sore 2 days after the hike. 26 kilometers in one day is really rough! And going down... OMG. But one thing that is disapointing is even if the challenge is here, the quality of the trail is really bad. It's like a large route for a car. The surface can go from: sandy and rocky (witch is really unsrable and slippery) to really muddy. I would have prefer something more narrow and in the woods, slippy or not i dont care, it's just that i felt like walking in a car or VTT trail.

Tue Jul 24 2018

I hiked up Volcán Baru this last Sunday, 22nd July, 2018 with Cheryl from San Diego and Ronal the guide from Boquete Outdoor Adventures. We began at midnight reaching the sprawling antenna complex at 7.30am just below the summit finding refuge in a shelter as there were near gale force winds, torrential rain and a temperature of minus four degrees centigrade. We waited nearly three hours in the shelter before summiting, returning to the park entrance at 1.30pm. The scenery and the views are unbelievable spectacular of virgin rainforest and the surrounding towns of Boquete, Volcán and David. It was a sunrise hike which we didn’t see due to the inclement weather, nor did we see the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea which one is able to see on clear days! Definitely only for mad dogs and Englishmen.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Gorgeous once you get into the jungle and the waterfall at the end is magic. Rickety bridge crossings and moderate elevation change makes this a great choice if you only have a day or two to hike in Boquete.

hiking
Tue Apr 03 2018

Nice moderate hike. About 1.5 miles up the trail is a quetzal nest that is a great spot for watching the male and female. See photos.

walking
Sat Mar 24 2018

I walked around here in 1998. I am sure it has been updated since...

Tue Mar 13 2018

Beautiful views of the valley below the whole way! Wear long pants or socks to protect from the grass, it’ll cut. Definitely worth the climb!

backpacking
Tue Feb 13 2018

This is a great loop that can be done either in a day or an overnight. There is limited water (the only source during the uphill push is in the actual town of Altos de Pacora) so be sure to pack around 3L/person. Steep uphill but so rewarding. Check out Jessica's tienda, too, once in the town. It's more hidden than the traditional tienda stop but she'll make some great food and is really welcoming.

Fri Jan 19 2018

Not that interesting. Wouldn’t do it again it’s just a long path in the ocean.

hiking
Fri Jan 12 2018

This is a beautiful and difficult hike. The hiking isn't demanding, it is the distance and elevation gain that makes it challenging. A few tips from my experience. It can be climbed in 4.5 hours, time it accordingly to catch sunrise. Total time is 8 hours without taking into account an hour to take photos at the top. My group got to the top with hours to spare and were so cold. Wear pants, several layers, hat and gloves. The top is normally 7 degrees with some wind. I completed this hike in January 2018 from the guard house. Best time December to April Trail Length: 16.77 miles / 27 km roundtrip (up and back) Elevation Gain: 7,498 feet (2,274 meters) Elevation of Volcan Baru Summit: 11,398 feet / 3,474 meters Temperature at Summit: 45 Fahrenheit / 7 Celsius (approximate lows)

Wed Jan 03 2018

This trail is near Boquete and locally called the "Pipeline Trail". It's 2.8 miles R/T, not 3.8. It takes about 1 hour and 10 mins in, less than an hour out. It follows a stream up to a box canyon where you will find the "Cascada Escondida" falls. The review by Ryan is about a different hike called "The Lost Waterfalls". Suggest: 1. Removing this review and accurately putting it under the correct trail. 2. Renaming this Trail "The Pipeline" not Boquete Waterfalls.

hiking
Fri Nov 10 2017

The magical jaguar falls! A nice hike, not to hilly nor strenuous. However, it is wet. Around 17 river crossings means a lot of walking through water. Hiking down to the actual falls is super steep but fun if you have the right attitude. And the waterfall itself is gorgeous, refreshing and a great way to spend a hot day.

hiking
Fri Nov 10 2017

This hike was good for my soul. Challenging, but awesome. Love that this trail passes through an actual town. Makes for a nice change of scenery (hillside homes and children playing) and it's awesome to be able to stock up on mid-trek snacks and candy bars. This hike will leave you feeling tired but soo fulfilled.

hiking
Tue Oct 10 2017

Awesome trail with breathtaking views at the top. You have to do it on a clear day but if you do you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama City, and both North and South America. Absolutely amazing

hiking
Thu Oct 05 2017

Wonderful hike. Strenuous but worth every minute. On clear days you can see both oceans from the city, Alto Pacora. There is a little shop that you can stop at there as well that has snacks and drinks. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
Tue Jul 04 2017

Multiple giant waterfalls make the end worth the effort. The climb is not too steep so moderate is a good description. The second waterfall Requires climbing a wall with rope and is the hardest part.

hiking
Sun Jun 25 2017

I set off alone from the park gate at 01:30 to get there for sunrise and made it in plenty of time. At a decent pace without stops it can easily be done in under four hours, depending on fitness or between 5 and 6 hours if you're taking it easy and enjoying the views. Try and time it right depending on your fitness as it's cold at the top waiting for the sun to rise. As far as 13km treks ascending 2000 meters go, I'd say this was pretty straight forward. The path takes 4x4s up to the top daily so it's well worn, wide and very hard to get lost on. Some rocky patches and the obvious incline, but nothing too tricky. There's a big telecommunications plant at the top, but with a little bit of scrambling up some fairly precarious rocks you can get to the true summit where you can turn away from it and the views are fantastic. Well worth the effort.

Sat Apr 15 2017

Cool

hiking
Thu Apr 13 2017

Difficult and beautiful!

hiking
Thu Jan 24 2019

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

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