Helping Panamanians

It’s an honor and privilege to be able to live in beautiful Panama. So Panama Relocation Tours is always looking for ways we can give back.

Many Panamanians were devastated by the pandemic. The borders were closed for 8 months so those in the tourist industry had no work. Panamanians who sold products to tourists had no sales. Many hotels and restaurants were closed while the borders were closed because there were no customers.

There are no unemployment checks or stimulus checks when a Panamanian is not working. The only government assistance they got during the pandemic was a monthly check for $80-$100 to buy food.

Panama Relocation Tours always looks for ways we can help Panamanians.

When Panama’s borders opened in October 2020, we hired six Panamanians to be private tour guides. They are still with us today and absolutely love doing Private Tours. Their love and passion for Panama really show!

single mom panama private tour guide
Private Tour Guide – Panamanian Single Mom.

Our Private Panama Relocation Tours are for specific areas, the most popular areas, in Panama. These are 1-3 day tours that are fully customized to see and do the things you are most interested in. They are only $250 a day for a couple and that includes all transportation, lunch, and an in-depth tour of the area, neighborhoods, shopping, rentals, and more. You pay the tour guide directly, they keep 100% of the money, and we do not make a penny from their tour.

Panama Relocation Tours primarily goes to Panamanian-owned restaurants and hotels during the tour so we can help them stay in business and thus provide many jobs to Panamanians in the community.

Ngobe Indian Selling Products at the Artisan Market

When you go on an all-inclusive 6-day 7-night Panama Relocation Tour, there are always at least two tour guides to provide you with the information you need to know about each area we visit and the information you need to know to have a smooth move to Panama. When we are traveling from one location to the next, it’s like a rolling seminar in our big yellow bus! We use a professional bus driver so the tour guides can focus 100% on you. Our professional bus driver, who has been working with us for 10 years, is a Panamanian.

comfortable way to see panama

Of course, we recommend reliable Panamanian immigration lawyers, real estate agents, insurance agents, car brokers, international movers, pet relocation, and other Panamanian experts to help you with everything you will need when you move to Panama.

While the tour group is in Boquete, we go to a Panamanian Artisan Market that is almost exclusively Panamanian artists. This is the ideal place to buy souvenirs that were hand-made by indigenous Panamanians. And buy Boquete coffee. You’ll get to meet people from the Ngobe, Embera, Guna Yala tribes, and more.

At the Artisan Market, if these Panamanians sell some products that day, they can feed their family that day. If there are no sales, they may not be able to buy groceries or pay rent for their modest homes. This is why it is so important for us to go to Panamanian markets.


The Panamanian Artisan Market has the most affordable prices too. There are Panamanian Artisan markets throughout Panama and we encourage you to visit them.

Hand-Made Panamanian Hat
Hand-Made by Panamanians

We’ll also show you where the Panamanian market is located which has booths open daily where Panamanians sell fruits, veggies, and other products. You’ll have some free time one afternoon to go check it out. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and affordable their products are.

Guna Indian Showing a Mola She Made
farmers market el valle

expats shopping at a panama market
Expats Shopping at a Panamanian Market

There are ex-pat markets in Panama too, both in Coronado, Boquete, Pedasi, and Volcan. This is where you can buy products made by ex-pats. Most ex-pats who sell products also have a pension or social security check so they do not rely on sales to survive as the Panamanians do.

Of course, it’s important for you to meet ex-pats during your Panama Relocation Tour so we arrange for ex-pats to join us for lunch and dinner almost every meal. You’ll get to find out why they picked the area where they live and what they like and don’t like about living in Panama. None of these ex-pats have anything to sell, they only want to pay it forward by sharing what their life is like in Panama. Some of them came on a Panama Relocation Tour many years ago.

meet expats during a panama relocation tour
Tour Group Having Dinner with Expats
Meeting Expats at their home

Panamanians desperately need our help so we go to the Panamanian markets and businesses to help them.

By taking you to Panamanian-owned businesses and artisans, it helps you meet and feel a connection with Panamanians. They are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. If you buy Panamanian products it helps them make a living. It’s our way of helping you and helping Panamanians too!

ellen with panamanian friends
Friends with Panamanians

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

Reader Interactions


  1. andrea garraud says

    hello I am trying to find a friend that retire in panama. can you help?

    • Jackie Lange says

      You might see if you can find your friend on FAcebook.

    • NETTIE P ADAMS says

      Is it safe to travel to Panama? If so, when are the best times to travel? I Googled January-Mach are great times to travel to Panama.

      Please reply at your convenience.

      The Adams’

  2. NETTIE P ADAMS says


    The Adams’ have been trying for years to get to visit Panama, but with COVID restrictions it wasn’t possible. When is it safe to travel there? We are aware of various crime areas. We’d love to be close to where expats reside and the city.

    Please advise when you are available too!(:

    The Adams’ from NC

    • Jackie Lange says

      Most areas in Panama are safe. A few are not.

  3. Megan says

    Thank you Jackie, for this wonderful overview. I am so glad to see the way Panama Relocation Tours works with the communities and people of Panama. I can’t wait to join you in January 2023!

  4. Jackie Gerster says

    We are so excited to be a part of your 7/31-8/6 relocation tour.
    We will be moving to Panama and the tour will assist us in making the right decision as to where. We are focusing on Boquete and it is wonderful that Jackie lives there…I’m sure we will have her insight and expertise as we find a home and ready ourselves for the move. We are thinking Big. We want to be living there by the end of this year
    Mike and Jackie

    • Jackie Lange says

      We’re excited to show you how amazing life is in Panama! You can definitely make the move in 2022. We’re here to help!

  5. Billy Maher says

    Very interested in a Tour

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