The seven-crater Volcán Barú is Panama's only volcano - albeit mostly inactive - and reaches a height of 11,401 feet (3,475 m). From the top on a clear day, hikers are rewarded with simultaneous views of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Centerpiece of a national park of the same name, it is home to about 250 bird species, including the elusive quetzal. Popular, well-marked hiking trails can be tackled at midnight for a sunrise arrival, at dawn for an all-day climb or on an overnight to catch the sunset. Bring warm gear. Average temperatures range from 50°F (10°C) to 68°F (20°C) , and unpredictable weather can shut down outings. There is also a rugged 4X4 road to the top from nearby Boquete.
Volcán, Chiriquí Province, Panama