When and Where Does the Tour End?
WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE TOUR END: The tour ends in Boquete, Panama at Hotel Ladera around 9AM.
There is an optional tour to Puerto Armuelles which starts at 9am. Puerto is an affordable beach town about 2 hours drive from Boquete. We will look at rentals there and meet expats who live in Puerto Armuelles. Space is limited to 16 people so let us know early if you want to go on this tour. The fee is $20 per person which includes transportation and lunch.
If you are not going on the Puerto Armuelles Tour, you are free to do whatever you want after the tour is over. You are NOT required to get on a shuttle and/or take your inner country flight back to Panama City on the day the tour ends. Its up to you when you want to head back to Panama City. Its based on how many days you have to spend in Panama after the tour is over, where you want to go and where you want to stay after the tour is over and what time your international departure flight leaves out of Tocumen International airport in Panama City. Once you turn your international airfare information into Melissa and let her know what you’d like to do after the tour is over, she can go over the inner country flight options that will be best suited for your individual travel plans.
But if you need to go back to Tocumen International Airport on the same day the tour is over, that can be arranged as well.
Do NOT book your international departure flight anytime before 2PM if you need to depart out of Tocumen the same day the tour ends. This will avoid you having to miss parts of the tour and spend extra money on a hotel room near Tocumen International Airport the night before you fly out.
International Flight Back Home
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT BACK HOME- For your international flight back home, you should be at Tocumen International Airport at least 2 hours before your flight departs. If you are staying in Panama City the night before, you will want to give yourself at least an hour to get from your hotel in the city to Tocumen International Airport because of the distance and traffic. For example, if your international flight departs at 1pm, you will need to leave your hotel at 10am to get the airport by 11am which is 2 hours before your international departure time. It is common to have long lines to get checked in and to get through security at Tocumen International airport. The hotel that you decide to stay at the night before you fly back home can help you arrange transportation to Tocumen. You will need to let them know that you would like this to be arranged when you check in at the hotel. The driver should charge you about $30-35 for the ride from your hotel in Panama City to Tocumen International airport. This will be your cost to cover. If you stay at the CROWNE PLAZA by the Airport, it is only 1 mile to the airport and has a free shuttle to Tocumen. You also won’t have to leave as early from your hotel to get to the airport.
Renting a Car
RENTAL CAR: If you plan to rent a car you should do so 30 days before your tour to assure availability. We recommend you rent a car from Value Motors in Boquete. They charge $35/day for a sedan or $50/day for a SUV. Their contact information is available at their web site at http://valuemotorspanama.com/
Note – These prices are subject to change.
Inner Country Flight
COPA AIRLINES and AIR PANAMA FLIGHTS – To get back to Tocumen International Airport for your international flight, we arrange and pay for your Copa Airlines or Air Panama flight. Copa only has two flights per day from David to Panama City, one at 9:30 am and one at 7:15 pm. Air Panama has three flights a day from David to Panama City. The times change for Air Panama depending on which day you are flying out. Air Panama also has flights from Bocas Del Toro to Panama.
Once we collect the full amount due for the tour, we will purchase your Copa Airlines or Air Panama tickets for you. Melissa will coordinate with you which day and time you would like your flight. If you are flying Copa Airlines, you will arrive at Tocumen International Airport. If you are flying on Air Panama, you will arrive at the Albrook Airport which is about 45 minutes away from Tocumen International Airport.
Once Melissa has purchased your Copa Airlines or Air Panama ticket, if you decide to change your flight, you will need to go to our travel agent in Boquete to make the arrangements and you will be responsible for any change fees. You will need to notify us at least 24 hours in advance of any changes you make to your Copa Airlines or Air Panama flight so we have enough time.
We can also reserve a room for you at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Tocumen International Airport. They have a free shuttle to and from the airport. .
BOQUETE TRANSPORTATION – We have paid in advance for our driver to take you from your hotel in Boquete to the airport in David. If you change your Copa Airline or Air Panama flight, you need to let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can change the scheduled pick up. If you do not show up, you will be responsible for the $30 per person fee which we have to pay for a “no show”. Our driver will pick you up 2 hours before your scheduled departure time for the David airport. For example, if your Copa Airline flight departs out of David at 9:30am then our driver will pick you up in Boquete at 7:30am. You must be on time for this pick up! Melissa will arrange the pick ups for you in advance.
Extra Transportation Costs
EXTRA TRANSPORTATION COSTS –
We pay $30 for your transportation from Tocumen to Courtyard Marriott. If you want to go to a different hotel and there is an extra charge, you will be responsible for any charge over the $30 fee.
We pay $30 for transportation from Boquete to David. Anything over $30 from Boquete to the David airport, you will be responsible for the extra cost. Examples – Boquete to Las Olas is $60 so you will pay for the extra $30.
Once you get back to Tocumen International Airport or Albrook airport in Panama City, you will be responsible for all transportation costs. We can make arrangements for our driver to pick you up, but you will need to pay the driver in cash. He does not take credit cards.
Hotel and Flight Changes
HOTEL AND FLIGHT CHANGES – In most cases, Melissa has assisted you with making hotel arrangements after the tour. If you choose to move to a different hotel after the tour you MUST notify us because we have arranged transportation to pick you up at the hotel we arranged. We pay for our driver to pick you up in Boquete and take you to the David airport. We give our driver the date, time and location of where you will be picked up. If you change your location without notifying us or change the time that you need to be at the airport without notifying us you will be responsible for the cost associated with no shows that our driver will charge you. We need to be notified at least 24 hours in advance if you make any hotel changes or transportation pick ups in order to avoid being charged for the no show fee. We will be charging your credit card on file if this occurs.
Places to Visit After the Tour is Over
During the Panama Relocation tour we will cover a lot of territory and visit the areas most popular with expats. But in only 6 days it is impossible to see all that Panama has to offer. We do encourage you to go back to the area you liked best to do more exploring on your own or spend more time in Boquete or go to Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean side of Panama.
If you’re planning to stay for a few days or weeks after the Panama Relocation Tour, here are some suggestions of things to do and how to get there. Click on the link to get more details about each area.