Panama City is a capital city like no other in Central America, but all that cosmopolitan loveliness comes at a cost. To keep costs down, check out our guide on what to do in the city, without breaking the budget.
If you're looking for a cheap way to reach Colombia after your stay in Panama, then don't take the $550 sailboat - do it yourself for less!
At $16 a night for a dorm room, you'd expect a good hostel. And that is what you get. Still, in our opinion, Los Mostros is hugely overpriced.
Mamallena has all the makings of a good hostel, but the 'pack them in' mentality means it all feels a little cramped. For an extra couple of dollars, we recommend staying a little more central.