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Volcan Baru, Panama (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Volcan Baru, Panama

Map of Volcan Baru, Panama

Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) Volcano Hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula) - Male Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager (Chlorospingus pileatus) Sooty Thrush (Turdus nigrescens) White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptilogonys caudatus) Flame-throated Warbler (Parula gutturalis) Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus gracilirostris) Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys) Black-cheeked Warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys)
Volcano Hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula) Mountain Elaenia (Elaenia frantzii) Volcano Hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula) American Mountain Thrush (Turdus plebejus) Yellow-winged Vireo (Vireo carmioli) Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus frantzii)
Large-footed Finch (Pezopetes capitalis) Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis)

Volcan Baru is a national park near Boquette, and the peak is the highest point in all of Panama. The national park consists of farmland, cloud forest, and a rocky elfin forest near the peak.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the Caribbean and the Pacific from this peak.


Mexico to Panama

3/1/2009: After the back-breaking hiking trip into Corcovado National Park, we were ready for an easy day. So, we woke up at 5:00 AM to conquer the 20 mile round-trip hike up the Volcan Baru... Panama's highest point.

It is worth noting that half of the hike in this "National Park" was actually hiking through farms.

This hike was probably the most difficult day of our entire trip. It took the entire day to negotiate the 5000 foot elevation change (10,000 feet up and back). The path to the top is on a road, but the road is so poor that I can honestly say I have done several easier off-track hikes. The road was very steep and slippery, and there were several falls on the way down the mountain. My knees are still killing me from this hike.

Previous Visit (Corcovado National Park - La Sirena: 2/25/2009)
Next Visit (Isla Boca Brava: 3/2/2009)

Species Recorded (26)

Birds ( 25 )

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis

Swifts ( Apodidae )
White-collared Swift - Streptoprocne zonaris

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis
Volcano Hummingbird - Selasphorus flammula

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Resplendent Quetzal - Pharomachrus mocinno

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Streak-headed Woodcreeper - Lepidocolaptes souleyetii

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Mountain Elaenia - Elaenia frantzii

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus frantzii
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus gracilirostris
Sooty Thrush - Turdus nigrescens
Mountain Thrush - Turdus plebejus

Silkies ( Ptilogonatidae )
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - Ptiliogonys caudatus

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Rufous-browed Peppershrike - Cyclarhis gujanensis
Yellow-winged Vireo - Vireo carmioli

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Black-cheeked Warbler - Basileuterus melanogenys
Flame-throated Warbler - Oreothlypis gutturalis
Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager - Chlorospingus pileatus
Slaty Flowerpiercer - Diglossa plumbea

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Black-striped Sparrow - Arremonops conirostris
White-naped Brushfinch - Atlapetes albinucha
Yellow-thighed Finch - Atlapetes tibialis

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Large-footed Finch - Pezopetes capitalis


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