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A native Tasmanian, Stuart (El Jefe) travelled extensively in the Middle East, South and Central America before seeing the opportunity to live the good life in Panama City. After taking over ownership of Mamallena 6 years ago, Stuart realized the need for a ‘Real Backpackers Hostel’ in Panama and moved Mamallena to its current location in September 2008.

Will has been our Manager and resident workaholic for a couple of years now. Originally from Wales he bit the bullet and decided to re-locate to Panama and help in the expansion of the Mamallena Network. He loves to party so beware  if you end up on a night out with him 🙂

Roxana Roxanna has been a faithful Mamallena employee for the last 4 years and as our Front of House expert Roxanna ensures everything is in working order to make your stay exceptional.
Marialina is the pretty face that greets you in the morning as you head for the pancakes. She has just finished a degree in Eco Tourism and has been with us for over 5 years. Marialina is our local expert on moving around in Panama City and can give all the advice you need.
Estela is currently doing a degree in hospitality and has been our go to girl for about 4 years. She has travelled a lot and spent a few months living in Israel before returning back to her first love, Panama and Mamallena.
Doriantt arrived to mamallena as a volunteer 2 years ago and we just cant seem to get rid of him 🙂 Originally from Guatemala he now calls Panama home and is our resident handyman/front desk assistant/sailboats expert etc. He also cooks a mean dinner so dont be afraid to get him to fire up the BBQ with you.
Luke has been traveling, working and basically bumming around for the last 10 years. He came to Panama in September 2008 to help in the relocation of Mamallena. As of March 2011 Luke is no longer spending as much time here as he would like. He’s currently galivanting around Africa or somewhere, who knows? If you see him please send us an email.
Gato 3, our newest member of staff. Why Gato 3 you ask? well, Gato 1 disappeared and we believe was abducted by a neighbour, Gato 2 liked to explore a little too much and had a little misadventure with a parking car and left us. Gato 3 is a lively little fella and can be found taking a nap is some very weird places around the Hostel. He loves his Big Brother Choco and the two like to play now an again, but normally Gato 3 just wants to sleep.
Choco and Gato 3.
Choco is definitely our most popular employee and is always eager to entertain, or watch you eat dinner 🙂 He arrived to us as a little fella of 2 months old a couple of years ago. He is always available to take for a walk so just grab the leash and he will find you. He also keeps people updated with his own facebook page, so check him out if you like.