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Check out Panama’s Hostels, The original Hostel Mamallena is our Panama City hostel, our hostel in Boquete, Hostel Mamallena, Boquete was our second to open and Hostel Mamallena has now gone international with the opening of Hostel Mamallena Cartagena in Febuary 2012 in the heart of Cartagena’s backpacker district, Getsemani.



Long rated one of the best hostels in Panama, Hostel Mamallena should be your choice for a hostel in Panama City, Boquete or Cartagena. Mamallena in Panama City is located in one of the cities old genteel neighbourhoods, Perejil. It’s survived the wreckers ball that has decimated most of Panama City and has kept it’s local charm and appeal. If you’re after the glitz of the big city it might not be for you(it’s only a short walk away), but if you want to experience a real Panamanian neighbourhood this is the place.

- 28 dorm beds with AC, the best value dorms in Panama City
- 12 private rooms with double beds and AC
- Full spring mattresses, some of the best you’ll find in any hostel
- Free pancake breakfast
- Free internet, including our own computers and WiFi
- Free lockers
- Day tours from a great $40pp
- We book everything in San Blas, including our new San Blas camping tour
- Sailing from San Blas to Colombia (see the next departures)
- Airport pickup service for $30(or less if shared)
- and of course, US!!

Walk out of the hostel and 50 metres away is Via Espania, the main street of Panama City.  Walk along here for 10 minutes and you´ll hit Panama City´s principle budget shopping area, Avenida Central.  It´s full of bargains and full of life, walk 15 minute along here and you´ll find Panama City´s only pedestrian shopping street.  It´s packed with food stalls, budget shopping and lots of people enjoying the sun.


Not much further away you’ll find all the best tourist attractions in Panama City and the best nightlife in Panama City.  Jump on a bus and in a few minutes you´ll be in Casco Viejo, take a different bus and you´ll be at the main bus station and the Albrook mall(the girls will love this place!).  A 5 minute walk to the water and you´ll be at the Cinta Costera, Panama City´s newest attraction.  This is a park right on the main waterfront that has really changed Panama City.  It´s great for an early evening walk to really experience the city.  Panama City isn´t that big, everything you´ll want to see is either a short walk, a short bus ride or a short taxi ride away.  And it´s all cheap!

Here at the hostel you’ll also get all the information you need about going to homestays and sailing in the San Blas.  Thats one of the most popular destinations in Panama and you really need to check it out.  Imagine white sand beaches and palm trees.  If you´re wanting the adventure of sailing to Cartagena then we have the most comprehensive list of captains and departures of any hostel in Panama.

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Compared to Costa Rica and the rest of Central America, Panama is a very safe country. The odds of getting robbed are much less than in Costa Rica. This could have something to do with the fact that the police are tough and don’t look like boy scouts!!! But that doesn’t mean that nothing will happen, you’re traveling and it’s an exciting business. You should have travel insurance shouldn’t you? We’re recommending World Nomads. They are some of the cheapest around, they cover nearly everything and the insurance period can be extended even while you’re traveling. It’s not that expensive and it could cost you more not to have it.

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Christmas Celebrations….After last years success we are once again having a Curry Christmas. There will be 3 options. Thai Seafood, Indian Chicken and Thai Veg *Potatoe, peanut and red pepper*. Rice on the side. Christmas punch to drink…Last year we had 50 for dinner..let us beat that this year….

Pool and Bar Coming soon..!!
Mamallena is buying itself a pool and bar for Christmas..

Mamallena want your old books. We are about to launch our new library and book exchange and want your used books. Please bring an extra book or two in your luggage and donate for a couple of free beers. For quality books we will have a 2 for 1 policy all others will be 1 for 1. Once we have a collection to be proud off, all books will be 1 for 1. Help us build the best Hostel book exchange in the Americas!!

NOW OPEN – Hostel Mamallena, Cartagena opened it’s doors in February 2012. Located on Calle Media Luna in Getsemani, the heart of Cartagenas backpacker district, Hostel Mamallena Cartagena is sure to follow the Mamallena tradition of great service, excellent information and a chilled relaxed atmosphere. Theres plenty of private rooms and new dorms and they’re all either around our great open courtyard or off the upstairs terrace. Soon we’ll be opening our own cafe and we’ve already got our travel service, Mamallena Tours and Travel, in place. If you want to know where to go and what to do in Cartagena then be sure to drop by and ask us.

So, I guess we should tell you how to get there! The address is Hostel Mamallena, 10-47 calle Media Luna, Getsemani. If the taxi driver doesn’t know it just get to Media Luna and find the old Hotel Holiday, thats us now. Our prices are currently 70000 pesos for a double and 23000 pesos for a dorm bed. For a reservation email us at and the website is Hope we’ll see you there soon.

Join our San Blas island camping tour, it’s will take you to some of the most pristine parts of San Blas islands. Enjoy 3 nights camping on Coco Blanco next to Dog Island and the famous ship wreck. From here you will visit the Lemon keys and The Cayos Holandeses, which are some of the more remote, untouched parts of the Kuna Yala region. Apart from this tour, and private sailboats, few tourists get to visit these beautiful islands. This is one of the options we have in San Blas and the 3 day tour costs $280 per person including all meals and transport (but not water). There are regular departures so enquire now.


If you’re looking to sail from Panama to Colombia, or sailing from Colombia to Panama, via the San Blas islands then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been in this business for the last 6 years and have contacts with some of the best boats in the backpacker business. We deal with regular boats such as the Wildcard, the Gypsy Moth, Delfin Solo, Sacanagem, Sailing Koala and many more. Over the years we’ve weeded out the boats that we don’t feel provide value for money and safety. Our reputation matters to us and we want you to have the best time on your sailing trip between the San Blas islands and Colombia. You can email us at for the latest list of departures.

Check out Boquete’s best hostel. And check out our restaurant and bar just next door. Baru has been opened just over a year and has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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If you need any more reasons to stay with us Check out this review by Hostel Trail