Volcancito Road is a spectacular 4x4 route climbing up to Volcán Barú (also called Volcán de Chiriqui), the tallest mountain in Panama, at an elevation of 3.474m (11,398ft) above the sea level. The road starts from David, capital of the province of Chiriquí and is 58,8km long.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. The start of the route is paved, but then turns into a rough 4-wheel drive dirt road almost all the way to the top, as there are dozens of antennas near the summit. Due to its height and Panama's relatively short width, it is possible to see both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea from Volcán Barú's peak on a clear day.
This road it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The occasional fall of hail or ice pellets has been reported on the summit, where the minimal temperature can be below 0°C (32°F) and the formation of frost is frequent during the dry season.
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