caminante travels

Meteti, Darien

Panama
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Our philosophy

 

-Empowerment over Charity

We have seen countless development projects fail due to the the lack of ownership and participation of the people they are supposed to benefit. Instead of creating dependency on outside donations, we aim to empower our partnering communities to choose their own destiny through social enterprise.

-Authenticity

We are all about the real thing. You will not see a fake image of what the developed world thinks these cultures should look like. Our partners will share their beautiful culture and surroundings with you as they truly are, and they do it because they want to.

-Ethical Enjoyment

Equally as important, we will do everything in our power to create the opportunity for you to have an amazing experience that will create life-long memories. Meanwhile, your mind can stay at ease knowing that all of your adventure will contribute to the self-determined development efforts of the people in the surrounding area.

 

GETTING HERE

CAR

If you're heading out to the Darien by car then you'll simply need to leave from Panama City heading east towards the Darien. Once you're on the interamericana highway it's a straight shot to Meteti and Yaviza, depending on which community you'll be visiting.


la chiva

In Panama City you can catch the Darien bus to Meteti from the Albrook National Bus Terminal for $9. These buses leave every hour and only rarely fill up while still at the station.

The 5 hour bus trip takes you to Meteti, the second-to-last town on the Pan-American Highway. You'll go through a few security checkpoints along the way, and at the checkpoint in Agua Fria you'll be asked to step down from the bus report your itinerary to one of the officers. Don't worry, they just want to keep you safe. After they copy down your passport information you'll be back on your way again.

Once you Arrive in Meteti you will either continue on your journey or spend the night to catch a boat the next day. This will all depend on which community you are going to visit.

 

 

 

 

Payment

There are various ways that you can pay for your trip. We will always require that you pay for

option 1) prepay for your basic package (ie. food, lodging, included activities like jagua, guide).

option 2) prepay 50% of basic package

through our website with either paypal or credit card. All transport costs and additional activities will be incurred by your throughout your journey.

Please keep in mind that you will not be able to use credit cards in the Darien. There are ATMs available in Torti, Santa Fe, Meteti, and La Palma. However, these machines sometimes are not operational and so we recommend not waiting until the last minute to make your financial arrangements.

Please keep in mind that local vendors may not be able to make change for large bills and so we recommend bringing plenty of 1s and 5s for purchases at local tiendas and tips for your guides.

We understand that you may not want to travel with large sums of cash and will do our best to allow you to prepay for as much as possible online via credit card or paypal. You will also have the option to add guided hikes or purchase local artisan crafts while on your trip pay for it online upon your return.

Refunds

We are able to provide you with a full refund up to a week before the start of your adventure. You will be entitled to a 50% refund up to 48 hours before the start of your trip.

The booking fee is nonrefundable.

 

FAQ

Q: is it safe to travel to the darien?

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Q: what do i need to bring?

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Q: do i need to report my trip to the police before i go?

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Q: what is the weather like?

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Q: WHAT IS THE CULTURE ON TIPPING?

 

Q: HOW MUCH CASH DO I NEED TO BRING?

 

Q: SHOULD I BRING A CAMERA?

 

Q: WILL THE COMMUNITIES ACCOMMODATE DIETARY PREFERENCES?

 

Q: ARE THERE MOSQUITOS?

 

Q: DO I NEED VACCINATIONS OR MALARIA MEDICATION?


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