The ATP will activate tourism at the Barú Volcano

The Barú Volcano National Park will be one of the prioritized tourist attractions, due to the experience this place represents for locals and foreign tourists....

Austin Hess 2020-11-11 12:16:24

Ivan Eskildsen, administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama, recently visited the Barú Volcano, the highest elevation in the country and the highest volcano in southern Central America, with a height of 3,475 meters above sea level, on a trekking path that took him and his work team to the top of the mountain, together with the Chamber of Tourism of Boquete. The purpose of this visit was to verify the needs of this protected area, considered one of the main tourist attractions of the Chiriqui province.

After Eskildsen reached the summit, he pointed out that the Barú Volcano National Park will be one of the prioritized tourist attractions, due to the experience this place represents for locals and foreign tourists. "Reaching the top of the volcano and being able to see the two Oceans (Atlantic and Pacific) while having a close contact with nature, is just an extraordinary experience." To this end, public use plans prepared by Miambiente will be resumed to make improvements to the trails and build an interpretation center, without damaging the environment. This center would be located at the Control Entrance and will provide information about the scientific and ecological side of this emblematic place.

In turn, President Laurentino Cortizo, issued instructions to urgently rehabilitate the access road to the volcano from Boquete that covers 13.5 kilometers, whose ascent by vehicle takes approximately two hours and by foot about six hours. All these efforts with the intention of increasing the number of tourists for 2019. In fact, in 2018 about 20 thousand 112 people visited the Barú Volcano National Park and from January to date about 16 thousand 966 tourists coming mostly from France, States United and Spain have visited the area.

According to scientific studies, the last eruption of the Barú Volcano took place approximately between 400 and 550 years ago. It is estimated that its height was greater than 4600m with the top covered with perpetual snow in the glacial period. The most recent eruption was lateral, opening a crater in the southwest part, melting snow on the top and collapsing, while causing a great avalanche of mud and lava.

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