Let me confess – Panama was my first country and there were many new things to learn. I was in a completely new environment trying to find my way for the first time. For example, at the beginning I used only expensive touristic buses instead of chicken “rojo diablo” buses. I didn’t know what to expect but mainly I had not idea how to get into them. I also used taxi couple of times and ate in restaurants. Typical beginners mistakes, I know, but I learned.
When I started using local buses, buying street food, eating in local restaurants or cooking my own food my costs decreased rapidly. I was always able to find a workaround for expensive guided tours, it only required a little research. Hostels were cheap and some of them even provided a gear for volcano hikes without any additional costs.
Travelling around central america was my first long term trip and in many ways I didn’t know what to expect. In Panama I did things I wouldn’t do now, after couple of months of intensive travelling. Anyway, despite all this I am quite satisfied with my budget results.
I stayed in Panama totally 33 days and spent 843,66 € which is 25,57 € per day. I would be able to make it even lower but I decided to visit spectacular San Blas islands. This 3-day trip costs me almost 200 €. Btw. if you’re interested why it was so worth read my previous post about it. I also took some surfing lessons in Playa Venao and therefore category Fun grew to almost 75 €.
Graphs from Trip Wallet app looks like this:
As you can see the biggest expenses were caused by these categories:
I had a lot of fun in Panama and would definitely go back. If you want to know about my highlights in this amazing country, read my post which covers it all.