Getting There & Departing
By Bus & Taxi -- Buses to Volcán, Cerro Punta, and Guadalupe leave from the Terminal de Transportes in David every 35 minutes from 5am to 7pm ($2-$3/£1-£1.50). If traveling from Costa Rica, Panama City, or elsewhere, you'll need to transfer in David. A taxi from David to Volcán is $40 (£20); and to Guadalupe it is $50 (£25).
By Car -- From the David airport, turn left and drive 3.4km (2 miles), then turn left again, onto Calle Miguel Brenes (also called Calle F Sur). Continue for 1.8km (1 mile) until you reach the Interamericana Highway. Turn left and continue to Concepción, 21km (13 miles) after passing the Chiriquí Mall, and turn onto the road to Volcán and Cerro Punta. The turnoff is easy to miss; keep your eyes open for a Shell gas station and turn right after it. The drive from Concepción to Volcán is 34km (21 miles).
The only bank with an ATM in the entire western highlands is Banco Nacional (tel. 771-4282), located on the main street in front of the police station, after the road forks. Farmacia Volcán (tel. 771-4651) is open Sunday through Thursday 7:30am to 10pm; Friday 7:30am to 6pm; and Saturday 6 to 10pm. Fast Internet service is available at Hotel Don Tavo (tel. 771-4055) on main street near the church, open from 8am to 11pm daily. The post office can be found on the right-hand side of the road to Guadalupe, just after turning on the fork. It's open every day, except Sunday, from 7am to noon and 2 to 6pm.
Panama Mountain Man (tel. 6877-6278 or 6209-8343; email@example.com), operated by the friendly and knowledgeable birding and naturalist guide Nari?o Aizpurua, offers a variety of outdoor excursions including hiking in La Amistad and Volcan Baru parks, bathing in Volcan's thermal springs, and horseback riding and bird-watching. He speaks enough English to be easily understood. Prices average $105 for a half-day excursion for two, including transportation. Highlands -- Adventures/Turismo Ecologico (tel. 771-4413 or 6685-1682; firstname.lastname@example.org) also offers tours of Volcan and the surrounding area. Also, your hotel should be able to put you in contact with individual tour guides if you're looking for a custom tour.
Considering that the renowned Chiriquí Viejo River is on this side of the volcano, travelers can take part in absolutely thrilling white-water rafting offered by the Boquete-based companies Chiriquí River Rafting and Panama Rafters. Contact these companies directly if possible -- hotels in the area have been known to tack on a booking fee.