You have everything ready for your trips, but you don’t know where to go on your days off as a volunteer. Here are some places you can visit while volunteering in Panama.
Islands of San Blas-Comarca Guna Yala
Considered the most beautiful islands in all of Latin America. Visitors choose it for its crystal clear waters and white sand. These islands are 2.5 hours from Panama City. Keep in mind that depending on which volunteer program you are in, your journey will be different.
Normally you should be in Panama City a day early. A week before you should have hired the package tour and you will be picked up at the place where you are staying that day. Remember that these packages include pick up from your accommodation and pick up very early.
The complete package to the islands of San Blas has a price of around $170, which includes transportation, the toll to the Guna Yala region, two excursions to different islands, sleeping in cabins on the chosen island and meals.
Bocas del Toro
Bocas de Toro is an archipelago very close to the Costa Rican border. Regularly on its beaches you can surf, snorkel, dive, enjoy the sun and nightlife among many other activities. It is advisable to make a reservation before arriving at the island of Colon. In case you travel in the low season that is between May and October, you will find a place available for around $15 a night with breakfast included. You don’t need to buy a return ticket at the Albrook terminal. You will be able to buy it on the same Colon Island, but it is recommended to buy it the same day you arrive or the next day.
It is the farthest destination from Panama City. It takes 8 hours by bus with three stops and the price is $28 per trip. They usually leave the Albrook bus terminal at 8:00 p.m.
Santa Catalina Beach-Santiago
Located in the province of Santiago. From the Santiago terminal you can take a direct bus to Santa Catalina. It’s a small coastal village, quite hippie. There is usually a party at night and during the day you can go to the beach and surf. You can also hire a $70 excursion to Coiba Island.
In the diving activities you can swim among turtles and on the trails listen to howler monkeys, see iguanas. Besides whale watching if it’s the season. In Santa Catalina you can find accommodation from $15, which includes breakfast.
Portobello and Mamey-Colon Island
Beautiful and historic place is located in the Caribbean area. You can meet this place in a weekend. You must take the Panama Colon bus that leaves from the Albrook transport terminal and will drop you off at the Colon Province bus terminal where you take the bus towards Portobello. The cost of transportation is between 20 to 25 dollars round trip.
Once there you can stay in any hostel and taste the typical Caribbean food like: patacones, seafood, rice with coconut among others. Another option is to take your tent, where you can sleep for $5 a night per person on Mamey Island, or on Isla Grande.
If you have any questions before or during your trip, you can contact us at [email protected] or someone from the Adventure Volunteer team who will guide you on your volunteer work and possible excursions.