Panama: Climbing a Volcano With Views of Two Oceans
The taxi driver drops us off in the dark forest at two o’clock in the morning. He promises that somebody will come around to pick us up later in the afternoon. I find the trailhead with the help of a flashlight, and we begin clomping uphill over rocks and ruts. The shine of a full moon illuminates part of the path through rare breaks in the bush.
My wife, Mare, and I hope to reach the top of Panama’s lone volcano, Volcan Baru. The lure of a possible view of both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean motivates us to keep our legs pumping.
We climb over boulders and slide across ice covered puddles while the cold wind whips around us. The best chance to see both bodies of water at the same time comes at sunrise, around six o’clock in the morning. We maintain a fast pace, since we only have about four hours to climb 8.5 miles.