After a hot streak of eight months under budget, it all came crashing down between Colombia and Panama. Although we did manage to keep costs down by a big margin, we ended the month significantly over 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!
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.