STRESS-FREE ITINERARY WHICH TOTALLY SURPASSED OUR EXPECTATIONS
Thanks Panama Relocation Tours for putting together a stress-free itinerary which totally surpassed our expectations.
For anyone considering an exploratory trip to Panama, Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tour is a must! The 6 day trip took us through so many different living environments from expat communities in Coronado, to homes in Las Tablas and David to our final stopping point in Boquete and Volcan.
On the trip you get a chance to experience what to expect living in different regions of Panama sampling weather, costs and variety of food, typical shopping experiences and housing offerings. The tour is comprehensive encompassing everything from the nuts-and-bolts to moving to Panama, tax considerations, how and why to hire an attorney, insurance considerations, opportunities for expats and so much, much more. Tour recipients leave with plenty of great documentation to refer to after the trip.
This is so much more than a bus trip with stops in different parts Panama. It’s an experience that convinced us that the people and the country of Panama is a place that my wife and I will return to again for a much longer stay (if not permanently)!
I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this trip to anyone who’d like to explore the possibility of relocating to Panama.Panama Relocation Tours has it all and more!
April 2014 Tour A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCEHi Jackie,As I savor the memories of the June Relocation Tour, and organize my life for a new chapter in Panama, I want to thank you, again, for making the entire experience — from my earliest email inquiries, through the tour itself, and into my relocation planning — a real delight. I suppose the phrase, “a life-changing experience” is a bit hackneyed and overused, but I think it applies well as I describe my own experience of the trip.I’m aiming toward a September move, assuming all my paperwork comes together well. The handbook you and Melissa created and shared with us has been very useful and valuable. Seems like I refer to it every day.
Friends at my church are living vicariously through me, or so some of them have said. Our congregation has a unique blend of people from all over the world. Probably the single largest group consists of people from the Caribbean. In fact, it was a friend from Belize who urged me to look into Panama. There is a Panamanian couple that has introduced me to several of their relatives scattered from Panama City to Chiriqui. It’s these personal connections that really make the process a pleasure.
OK, that’s it for me, for now. Lots to do before I head back down to my future isthmus home!
Atlanta, GA (for now, at least!)
June 2017 Tour
BEST TOUR EVER…
I went on the Panama Relocation Tour in June. Everything exceeded my expectations. The pre-planning by Melissa was complete & easy to follow. Jackie’s knowledge of Panama was extensive & very informational. The meeting with the attorney, hotels, food, lunches & dinners with expats, comfortable bus, safe & friendly drivers & the comprehensive book we brought home were excellent. I don’t think anyone could move to Panama without all of this information & experience. It would be too complicated & difficult. Even if you’re not sure if you want to relocate, the tour is a blast. So I highly recommend that you sign up for this adventure. For me, it was worth every penny of the cost.
June 2017 tour
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR A LIFE-ALTERING TRIP
I can’t begin to thank you for the informative and totally enjoyable trip. Although we have carefully researched Panama for a long time, nothing compares with actually setting feet on the ground. All the research we did pales in comparison to what we learned on this trip.
The trip has deepened and solidified our decision to move to Panama to the Boquete area. I have already emailed Mayra to initiate contact and to retain her services. We intend to start with bureaucratic requirements such as visa applications, bank accounts, etc. as soon as we can, and then take it one step at a time.
Thank you again for a life-altering trip!
June 2016 tour
I recently participated in Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tour. I would highly recommend that anyone who is considering relocating to Panama, to take one of Jackie’s Tours … the experience was not only very enlightening, but also a lot of fun. You will be interacting with people who share the same interests and objectives as you … that of checking out the various areas of Panama to see if it is somewhere you would like to live in or retire to. Jackie is very knowledgeable not only of the various places & climates of Panama, but of the ‘details’ of exactly what you need to learn about the country, the rules involved with living here, and what pitfalls to look out for.
Taking this tour will provide you with ‘invaluable’ information about the process of moving to Panama, and could very well save you literally tens of thousands of dollars, and a lot of heartache, by avoiding the mistakes that a lot of people make by not being properly prepared before jumping into something like this. You will visit a variety of locations, both by the beach, and in the mountains … and hear first hand from expats and locals who live in each location. They will pull no punches and provide you with both the pros and the cons of each area, to ensure that there are no ‘surprises’.
Jackie will introduce you to speakers who will talk to the group very frankly about their specific areas of expertise, and she will provide you with contacts to advise you in any area, legal, health care, etc. You can rest assured that you will not be given any ‘sales pitches’ … this is ‘not’ what the Tours are about … they are strictly about giving you ‘information’ and ‘experiences’!
Stephen Douglas Stenberg (Doug),
March 2017 Tour
Thank you Melissa and Jackie for the pleasure of experiencing a whole new world for 10 days with Panama Relocation Tours. Outrageously fantastic! Right from the start of the initial planning to arriving and enjoying our relocation tour everything was professionally handled and we were in the best possible hands. Not knowing what to expect we were somewhat apprehensive but once the adventure began that all went out the window. Cannot thank you enough…especially since we found our new home that first day out on the tour bus. The Beach!! This has been a lifelong dream and we are so excited to begin our new adventure. Thank you again.
March 2017 Tour
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS LIFE CHANGING TOUR
Sit back, relax and enjoy your fine tuned trip through the beautiful country of Panama. It starts with Melissa doing a great job of organizing your schedule and responding to your email questions quickly. Then as you climb aboard the comfortable bus, you can rest assured Jorge, is the safest driver out there. As we traveled daily through Panama, Jackie shared a wealth of information with us. Her passion for Panama really shines through. We met with many expats and learned of their experiences relocating to Panama. Jackie tells it like it is and doesn’t sugar coat anything. Thank you so much for this life changing tour.
Wayne and Tammy Waters
February 2017 tour
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR….
My husband and I went on the February 2017 tour. It was both fascinating and informative. Jackie had the tour well. organized. We started with a very informative talk given by her lawyer. From there we crossed Panama in a very comfortable bus. We stopped at restaurants and stores and spent the night in different hotels along the way. At many of the restaurants, Jackie arranged for expats to come talk with
us about their experiences living in Panama. Jackie also assisted us in opening a bank account while we were there. As we traveled across the country, Jackie talked with us the entire time. She gave us a very
realistic idea of what it would be like to live in Panama and gave us many helpful hints that we would never otherwise know. We highly recommend this tour for anyone thinking of moving to Panama.
Marla and Dick Parvey
Fort Worth, TX
BEST INTRODUCTION TO PANAMA!
If you are like me, you have spent countless hours on the computer trying to do detailed research on Panama for retirement and/or investment purposes. No matter how much information you capture, you will never get the “real lowdown” unless you visit the area(s) you are interested in. So, get your boots on the ground and book a tour with Panama Relocation Tours! Jackie Lange has put together the most comprehensive tour for anyone who has an interest in seeing Panama outside of a tourist perspective. Within the 6 days of roaming a large part of the country you will see various geographical areas (ocean to mountains) and you will hear Jackie give you “real” information about living in Panama. This tour is for all types of people, so no matter your age or background you will feel welcome and comfortable! The bus you travel on is very comfortable and spacious and the bus driver (Jorge) is a true pro!
You have the opportunity to meet expats who have already made the move. They give you an honest perspective of why they now live in Panama and what to expect.
Besides the actual tour, one of the real gems of this adventure is all of the valuable information Jackie offers re: moving to/living in Panama: Jackie covers a plethora of topics that will actually be VERY helpful if you decide to make the move! This is stuff you won’t find in any book! So, book your tour and come see Panama for yourself!
Sidebar: I was speaking with a gentleman at the airport when I was waiting for my flight home. He said he did a “Panama Tour” & I asked him where he went. He said they spent 5 days in/around Panama City! That was it! Nothing against Panama City, but 5 days in one area?? Take my word for it…..Panama Relocation Tours is the way to go! Viva Panama!
January 2017 Tour
WE KNEW WE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE
Just arrived home after a whirlwind experience in beautiful Panama with you as our reliable guide. What better way to see Panama’s splendor then a road trip by bus across its tropical landscapes with ocean views! When we first looked at retiring abroad, we wondered if we could live in Panama. So, after countless hours of internet surfing, we decided to take the plunge and sign up for your tour. From the moment we started the tour in Panama City, we knew we had made the right choice. Your extraordinary knowledge on the country, its culture, the people, and the opportunities available made our time and money a very good investment. You have cataloged the relocation process and simplified it in a way that makes the dream of moving to this paradise a very real possibility. We cannot thank you enough for helping us make the life changing decision to relocate. Good luck with the tour. It was so much fun! And, we have made some friends for life during our trip. Hope to see you soon in Panama… when we too can call it home!
January 2017 Tour
This journey was orchestrated to perfection! I decided to take the last spot on the December, 2016 tour and it was the best last minute and impulsive decision I have made since I retired. I always felt safe. All the hotel rooms and restaurants were very clean and the food was very good. An additional plus was our bus driver, Jorge, who was a very experienced driver and the bus was in excellent condition. Now that I have been on the PRT and have seen all the various areas of Panama, I plan to move to Volcan within the next six months. I am so excited!
Looking back at my pictures and drinking the coffee I purchased at the Tuesday Market, I can’t think of one thing that needs any improvement.
Thank you PRT.
A PANAMA REVERIE
One word wouldn’t be sufficient…there was so much beauty, pastoral and serene, quaint and cordial, stirring and inspiring. Who knew such a place existed? Think “Nebraska in springtime–all the time!” Gentle breezes and misting rains over rippling brooks with frogs croaking, and cows and horses in the meadows, with mountains: steeped with agriculture as far as the eye can see; or shuttered with clouds–at times fluffy and inviting, at times dark and foreboding, but never threatening. Couple that with open-armed, cordial people, from subsistent native Nogbe tribespeople walking along the winding roads and indigenous Panamanian shopkeepers to expat business proprietors and landlords, seeking to include you in their newly-adopted country. I could go on…and probably will….
Our experience with Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tours was nothing short of informative, gracious and gratifying. We experienced, rather than simply observed Panama, and we were captivated by it all.
Best wishes for continued success!
Fr +Michael and Danielle Schamp,
December 2016 Tour
LETTER OF GRATITUDE…
I want to express my gratitude for the remarkable “Relocation Tour”. This tour had been punctually prepared in all details and I will say – was piece of Art.
I learned so much about Panama and now I love this beautiful country. I will highly recommend this tour for everyone who would like to discover Panama.
Melissa did step by step preparation before the tour. She took patiently all tiny requests and changes, I will put big A+. Thank you, Melissa !
Jackie revealed so many secret bumps on the way of new comers and guide us carefully through all our trip with wise advises. I love her choices of the places and hotels we stayed in.
I am planning to be back in Panamanian paradise.
December 2016 Tour
EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED!
Promoted as a “boots on the ground” experience of Panama is certainly accurate but the “red carpet” treatment we received from everyone associated with the Panama Relocation Tour was an unexpected bonus.
From the beginning, Melissa offers prompt, efficient organization of an abundance of information. Every T is crossed and every I is dotted….you will not lack for a smidgen of necessary information. “It’s all in your travel packet.”
The drivers in Panama City and were prompt, courteous and spoke English. Our tour bus driver Jorge was a very safe driver, always prompt and courteous. What an asset to PRT!
We stayed in good hotels and ate very well. You will experience the freshest seafood, fruits, vegetables and juices imaginable. Don’t pass up a Passionfruit Magarita!
Being driven comfortably and safely, by Jorge, all over Panama while Jackie offers information on EVERYTHING you need to know about relocating to Panama was enjoyable as you don’t have to take notes….”It’s all in your book.” Jackie doesn’t miss a beat and she has entertaining anecdotes all along the way. There were well timed bathroom breaks and even afternoon nap time. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know other members of the tour. We were a motley crew!
As a single woman I was concerned about traveling alone but I always felt safe. I spent extra time in Boquete after the tour ended, walked all over town alone (during the day) and never thought twice about danger. Every time I passed someone on the street they said “Buenas” or “Hola.” I am so impressed with the graciousness of the locals.
I hope to relocate to the Boquete area within a year or so. I am so very happy to have found this tour and Jackie Lange. She is a brilliant business woman and a generous, patient lady. She is a treasure to the country of Panama.
December 2016 Tour
WOW! THE RELOCATION TOUR WAS EVERYTHING WE HOPED FOR AND MUCH MORE.
Bob and I would like to say THANK YOU for a wonderful tour. We had a great time and really enjoyed seeing the different parts of the country. From what we saw, we feel that the Boquete area would be the spot for us.
Although we have some “moving parts” that will have to be worked out, we do hope that it is going to be possible for us to relocate in the next year or so.
Meeting the other people on the tour was such fun. We feel like we have made some new friends, and – hopefully – we will be seeing them again in Panama!!
October 2016 Tour
August 2016 Tour
My husband and I just returned from a visit to our future home in Boquete, Panama. It has been our intention for years to spend retirement overseas and have thoroughly researched many countries. When we narrowed our search to Panama we discovered Jackie Lange’s PRT. Our Panama adventure began in Panama City and ended in Boquete. We were able to sample life on the coast , mountains and everything In between. We were introduced to expats currently living their dream in Panama as well as journey with others like us beginning their pursuit. We met an attorney who will help us with legal issues in regard to our move, we opened a bank account and enrolled with a shipping company. Jackie’s experience and advice allowed us to accomplish in a few days what would have taken months or maybe years on our own. We returned back to Mississippi to find a buyer for our home, cars and other possessions in order for us to begin our new life in Boquete, Panama sometime in 2017, if not before. If cool breezes, milder temperatures and an affordable way of living sounds enticing to you, contact Jackie and plan to be a part of one of her future tours.
Warren and Kim Doherty
I’m so happy I took this tour, my first ever! I met a lot of nice people and fellow solo travelers too. Thank you Jackie & Melissa for the invaluable information provided in six days that would take me months if not years to gather.
Loved the down to earth, no hustle approach. I felt Jackie wanted to show me why and what she loves about her adopted country, “if you like what you see, welcome neighbor and if it’s not for you, that’s okay too”.
You’ve got a great team Jackie. Melissa was always there with a quick response to my questions and requests. Your attorney was so helpful, reasonable and accommodating. Jorge is a pro driver; I felt safe and Luis took care of wherever I needed to go in Panama City.
July 2016 Tour
HAD A BLAST
First, I would like to thank you Melissa for doing such a fantastic job getting my wife and I set up for the tour. You were so thorough and fun to work with for the process of generating all the paperwork required to make the trip. And Jackie, you were such a pleasure to spend 6 days with. Everything was amazingly orchestrated for visiting the different cities. From the housing tours to the lunch breaks and the hotels. I especially appreciated your candid conversations about life in Panama and what to expect moving there. Everything was Fabulous!John & Maria Litland
July 2016 Tours
Our July 2016 Panama Relocation Tour was wonderful from the beginning to the end.
Every step was planned for and well organized. Each day in Panama was a treasure. It was like opening up a gift each morning.
Jackie and Melissa could not have been any more terrific. Jackie shared her years of experience gained living in Panama.
She gave us invaluable, boots on the ground information. We got the good and the bad. Jackie is a walking encyclopedia of all things Panama. If she doesn’t know it, she will find out.
We are planning a return trip very soon.
Hopefully a new life in Panama is in our future.
Shawn and Virginia
Las Vegas, NV
July 2016 Tour
WE LOVED OUR TRIP…
We loved our trip and all of the arrangements that Jackie and Melissa made. We met some interesting people and saw a lot of land and buildings. We appreciate all of the effort it took to set this meeting up. We don’t do FaceBook, or Twitter or Tweet or whatever, but thank you both for a great and informative time! You might see us down that away again in the future.
John and Shirley Stephenson, Salado, TX
July 2016 Tour
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE TOUR..
The Jackie Lange Panama Relocation Tour is a hands on boots on the ground experience. Although it is scheduled for 6 days, it begins the moment you send in your request to join. Excellent customer care from Melissa Lange who is responsible for all of the scheduling details for getting you to Panama and back to the airport for flying home when it is was all over. There were very few details that were not taken care of in advance by Melissa.
The actual tour with Jackie on a very comfortable air conditioned bus was like a high school classroom with field trips. Jackie very knowledgeably covered every imaginable subject as we went from the East to the West. She knew where the good food was and our stop in Volcan at the Mexican restaurant was the peak of cuisine for me.
Jackie pointed out opportunities everywhere. In the higher elevations, even growing coffee is a possibility. At almost every stop there was an alumni that sought out Jackie to say, “Hello, how are you doing” and catch up with her for a few minutes.
From the beginning, the tour group got friendlier and friendlier and the evening extracurricular sessions grew into a family. By the end of the tour, everybody had a good idea if Panama was the right move for them. Many stayed behind to explore Boquete in a rental car, we took public transportation to Bocas Del Toro and enjoyed the beach life. Others were interested in finding investments in housing.
Not everything was “Guns and Roses” but we were kept well apprised of what to expect in a move to Panama and how to work around it. I’ve been home 3 days now and I am already utilizing Texas Jackie’s promise to help us find the information or services we need for those of us who intend to go further and move to Panama.
I give this tour 4 1/2 stars out of five.
In case you are wondering, yes, somebody was playing Panama by Van Halen on the radio as we walked through a crafts market in Panama City.
July 2016 Tour
With that in mind, here is my story.
So one day the best person that has ever entered my life (Beth) told me about Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tours and the price of her service.
I told Beth that it was probably a scam and all we would be doing is getting ripped off! And at best, it would be hard to justify the cost for this service.
I mean we could plan out our own trip to Panama, and see what we want to see. AND save that expense!
(Because I am a MAN and I know best right.)
Well Beth read to me some of Panama Relocation Tours reviews.
So my response to Beth was you can hire people to write reviews for you!
But Beth talked me into using Jackie’s tour anyway. I already told you that Beth was the best person ever to enter my life but I forgot to mention she might be the smartest person to.
Beth and I got to Panama a few days early and stayed a few days longer. Jackie and her wonderful team took care of everything for us. We were picked up at the airport set up in a very nice hotel (at a discounted price) and they even set up all the events we wanted to do before the tour started.
So let me say Panama Relocation Tour is worth every penny spent just the information Jackie gives you alone, it is worth the cost! I don’t know how Jackie does it but she and her staff have all the answers to all your questions, and if she doesn’t she will get it to you, Jackie is a wealth of knowledge!
On top of that, with Panama Relocation Tour you get to see the BEAUTIFUL country of Panama in a new very clean, comfortable and luxurious bus. And I can tell you one thing you will not ever get hungry on the tour you will be constantly eating wonderful foods!.
So for a skeptical person I now believe and have been telling all my family and friends about Panama Relocation Tour’s!
If Panama is something you’re considering do yourself a favor and take Jackie’s tour!
Personally I think it is the best way to make the best informed life changing decision for you and your family.
Jessie Benavides and Beth Holbrook
June 2016 Tour
You are absolutely, hands down, the BEST Melissa! I was totally impressed with your skills and informative quick responses to the questions I had during this entire tour process. I did not have a single instance in which my paperwork and the information that you provided was inaccurate. You are the utmost professional. Thanks! It has been a pleasure doing business both with you and your Mother. 😀 Have a great day!
So here goes…..
For those of you considering relocation to Panama, this tour is a great way to get an overview of the country. Panama is a visually stunning and diverse country containing a wide variety of living styles and climates which would suit most needs.
Tour Director, Jackie Lange, discusses advantages as well as disadvantages of the political aspects, national and local economic climates, business opportunities, healthcare, tax potentials and/or risks and residential possibilities as well as the requirements needed to be a permanent or part time resident. There are many expats who are readily available to answer questions and share their unique situations.
In my opinion, Ms. Lange provided a wealth of information and support that would not otherwise have been available when researching on an individual basis. Therefore, the information that she generously imparts is invaluable and worth the price of the tour alone with the sightseeing, accommodations and meals thrown in as an additional bonus.
Pura Vida! J. Johnson ~ June 2016 Tour
The Panama Relocation Tours by Jackie Lange, is a comprehensive service as well as a wonderful and memorable experience. Although its main purpose, as the name implies, is the relocation to Panama for people from many other countries (e.g. I’m from Poland, Europe), it is moreover a great social and travel adventure! I can honestly recommend the tour to anyone, especially to those, who have never been to Panama before. Here’s why…
I don’t remember exactly how I got to the www.panamarelocationtours.com website, but it happened when I was researching the information about Panama and thinking about visiting the country for a quick vacation. In spite of the tour’s main goal, I did not think about relocation to Panama at that time, but thought it could be a good idea for the future to keep in the back of my head, as well as a great in-land travel opportunity (plus I did not know anyone from Panama at that time). So, after I carefully studied all the information about the tour on its website including all the testimonials, then without too much hesitation I decided to give it a go. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made for a long time.
You can feel that the PRT is a great all-inclusive service from the moment of first contact with the tour’s staff, including the owner, Jackie Lange herself. The information and guidance received before the tour starts was very useful and comprehensive. Not only it includes all the necessary requirements and suggestions of what to take and how to prepare for the actual tour, but also the organizers greatly expand the general experience, by helping you with all the reservations and preparations, when it comes to exploration of Panama on your own both before and right after the tour, which is great and I absolutely enjoyed staying in Panama for more than 3 weeks in total, taking avail of lots of accommodation discounts for the Tour’s participants in variety of key places and areas such as Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, etc. What a great value added!
The true uniqueness of the PRT itself, besides its great idea and perfect execution from the organizational perspective, is the vast experience and passion for the job by its organizers, especially the Jackie Lange herself (which I have quickly become a huge fan of). Since Jackie is the author of books about relocation to Panama, no wonder the amount of practical, valuable and tried-and-true information is tremendous, but the interesting thing is that all the information is given in small contextual portions in a way that nobody can feel overwhelmed. The unique itinerary of the tour is also composed, so that the tour participants no matter of their preferences for a place of relocation (the city, the beach, the mountains, etc.) can feel well-informed and certain to pick their favorite one. I couldn’t ask for more and absolutely loved all the great sightseeing, as well as all the places, where we were staying and dining during the tour. Thinking of other unique benefits of the PRT, I have to say I particularly liked their very individual and personal approach of the tour organizers, who do their best to provide each and every one of the participants with full necessary information, adjusted to their particular status or situation. Every single time I had a question, I was able to get a full answer and more help than I needed, even with the tiniest problems. Jackie has shown me the areas, values and qualities in life, that I either unwittingly neglected for many years, or wasn’t even aware of their existence. I also learned a lot from many other tour participants which again was a great additional experience and value of the trip.
When it comes to summarizing the experience and effectiveness of the PRT as a whole, let me be the proof here. In the beginning I mentioned that it was the in-land travel across Panama perspective that originally enticed me to take part in the tour. Well… let me tell you this: the last day of the tour I actually decided to move to Panama and rent a house in a great place in Boquete, small town located in the mountains of Chiriqui area. This was way out of the original plan for the trip, but after we were shown the paradise-like condos and houses in that area, I simply couldn’t resist and decided to give my life a big twist with the actual relocation to Panama! Luckily my girlfriend turned out to be very happy and flexible with the brand new idea and life plan, therefore we are moving in a month! That’s how effective is the Tour in positively changing peoples’ lives!
For me, the Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tours program was hands down the greatest travel experience I had for years. I can honestly recommend it to anyone, no matter of nationality, age, or material status, believe me – you will be satisfied, you will meet many great quality people, you will probably make lifetime relationships while living one of the greatest adventures or your life! I know it did changed mine and I now my only regret is that I did not took part the Panama Relocation Tours much earlier 😉
Adam Pacholski, Poland
May 2016 Tour
May 2016 Tour
May 2016 Tour
My wife and I joined your April tour. I was very leery of the tour. I (typical just-retired Army guy, can do anything on my own) was sure we could go and find out everything on our own. Thankfully my lovely, intelligent wife (brownie points) convinced me to go on the tour.
First off, Jackie and Melissa helped with booking rooms for the extra nights and suggested where to rent a car (Cowboy Dave, nice friendly guy and you don’t have to pay the outrageous hidden fees). Jorge is a awesome guy. He drove us to rent the car and picked us up and gave all kinds of great advice. After only a few days, I felt I would have no problem getting around Panama. What to expect, what not to do and how to get things done. I highly recommend this tour. I can’t thank Jackie and her associated enough. I learned more about Panama in a week than I could in 3 or more months!!!
April 2016 Tour
Bob and Maggie Lynn.
March 2016 Tour
Great tour….Jackie is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She keeps everyone on schedule and presents and view for the future of a life in Panama!! Thanks Jackie and thanks Melissa for all your most valuable assistance…
Chet & Ruthann
PICKED PANAMA AS RETIREMENT DESTINATION
“When I first came across the Panama Relocation Tour opportunity I was 90% sure that I would move from Palm Desert, CA, USA to somewhere in Central America (though Southeast Asia was also a slim possibility). My pre-retirement career required years of global travel so I had a chance to experience life outside the US in lots of potential retirement destinations.
As I considered signing up for this tour, I did enough virtual exploring and reflecting on past experience to decide that Panama was the first choice to visit again, and if I didn’t like it then I would have gone for Antigua or Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. So I signed up for the tour and began looking much more closely at the Panama retirement destinations.
I signed up in January 2016 for the March tour, and in the two intervening months I did much more virtual exploration and by the time the March tour came along, I had decided Boquete was my choice and I lined up a few rental homes to look at during the 2-3 days we spent in Boquete. So for me, and until we got to Boquete, the bulk of the tour benefit was listening and learning how one goes about moving to Panama.
The experts and expats that Jackie lined up, and Jackie’s experiences as well, were well worth the price of admission. And the nice and interesting places we stayed made it like a vacation. And then arriving in Boquete easily confirmed for me that that was where I wanted to be. So I made a rental commitment, opened an eShop account, got to know the town well and made a few new friends in those few days. I’ll move to Boquete end of May 2016 and couldn’t have made all this happen so quickly without the tour and Jackie’s and Melissa’s help (though it also helps to be single, own nothing or very little, know in advance what you want, be good at detail work and have an adventurous spirit). I think anyone remotely considering living outside the US would benefit from and enjoy this tour.
March 2016 Tour
RAVING ABOUT THE TOUR AND PANAMA
It has been 3 months since I took a Panama Relocation Tour, and I find myself excitedly raving about the tour and about Panama, to not only my family and friends, but to complete strangers! Such a valuable experience, especially for those considering a move to this beautiful and very sensible country!
Thank you again for a memorable experience.
December 2015 Tour
MOST PRODUCTIVE TRIP I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED.
The Panama Relocation Tour is the most productive trip I have ever experienced! From start to finish every detail was clearly outlined and very easy to follow. Starting with my first inquiry Melissa Lange responded promptly and guided me through each successive step of the registration process, and thereafter communicated by phone whenever necessary. I regularly received informational emails advising me of deadlines as they approached, thus making it easy to comply. Thanks to Melissa’s professional competence and diligence everything fell into place with regards to organizing this trip. Traveling to a foreign country can be challenging but it was especially calming to know that every single detail including contact persons, transportation, lodging, meals, and additional expenses to be incurred throughout the tour was pre-arranged.After my arrival a few days early in Panama, largely because of the expert pre-tour preparation, things went smoothly. Upon meeting Jackie Lange, the tour guide, at the pre-tour meeting a couple of days before the tour, I realized that I was in good hands because of the wealth of information that she so willingly shared. She is a walking encyclopedia regarding knowledge, economics, processes, resources, geography, and goods and services of Panama. The depth and breadth of her expertise is most impressive! At the outset of the tour we were provided with a name tag, and goodie bag which included a guide book full of valuable information relative to making application for visas, and a host of treats to sustain us throughout the tour. We were transported on a very comfortable coach with a capable driver (i.e.-Jorge) that made the trip most enjoyable. One of the best things about this tour is it allows you to compare and contrast a variety of Provinces throughout the country, thus allowing one to make a more informed decision on where to live in Panama. The lodging quarters and choice of restaurants throughout the tour were excellent! I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in exploring places to retire outside of the US. Kudos to Jackie & Melissa Lange who did an outstanding job in organizing and executing this tour! Initially I am seriously considering a seasonal retirement in Panama.
Sincere & warmest regards,
Arthur P. Pate Jr.; Cincinnati., Ohio
February 27-March 3, 2016 Tour
ALL OUR QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED
Great tour and highly recommended for anyone considering retiring in Panama. We decided that Boquete is our place and are in the process of finalizing things at home in order to make our move. Thanks Jackie.Sherry H.
February 2016 Tour
I RECOMMEND YOUR TOUR TO ANYONE WHO IS CONSIDERING A MOVE TO CENTRAL OR SOUTH AMERICA
Jackie and Melissa,
I wanted to thank you both for the wonderful service and support you provide on the Panama Relocation Tour. I was on the tour that began on October 28th, 2015. From the moment I arrived at the airport – wait, it began even before that. From the time I sent the first request for information to Melissa I was impressed with the immediate response and enthusiasm I encountered. Melissa made all the arrangements and provided all the necessary paperwork before I arrived in Panama, which was a huge load off me. Upon my arrival at the airport I was greeted by Enrique – such a delightful man! – who whisked me off to the hotel and who later showed me and a couple of other tour participants the sights in Panama City.
Then I met Jackie. So not what I expected! In a totally good way. Jackie, you are so down to earth and kind, quite the antithesis of the aggressive business woman I was anticipating. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I think you are an amazing business woman and I love how you combine your business acumen with your open and sharing personality. So many people horde information but you want everyone to know and experience what you have in Panama. I love that you anticipate the questions that you know people want to ask and are so forthright in telling us about what you paid for your home and how much it costs for your nails and where the best deals are to be had for just about everything.
I also appreciate the after-tour interactions we had. As you may recall, I decided to stay in Boquete for a month after the tour ended and you introduced me to your friend, Ford, whose home I rented while he was away in Panama City. Then you took me grocery shopping, invited me for dinner and nights out with your friends and just exemplified what a wonderful person you are. So even though I decided that Panama was not the place for me to retire, it absolutely is a place I would return to if only just to come and visit you at your charming little house in the mountains.
Thank you Jackie and Melissa for a terrific experience. I recommend your tour to anyone who is considering a move to Central or South America.
All the best,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
October 2015 Tour
Amy and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our time with you and the other participants and how much we learned from you during our time in Panama. Your agenda was excellent, reading materials were thorough and your guest speakers provided additional information in key areas where we had questions.
This was a great vacation with all of the great hotels and meals. We look forward to getting the forum information from you. As we sat on the plane, heading back to Tampa, Amy and I both agreed that we didn’t want to leave. Don’t be surprised to see others, recommended by us, on one of your upcoming tours.
Today or tomorrow, I plan to e-mail Mayra and retain her services with regard to the acquisition of visas for both of us and the establishment of a Panama corporation.
Amy is very excited about the offer to travel with you and learn more about doing business on Amazon.
Merry Christmas. We look forward to hearing positive news on your husband’s situation and expect to see you again soon.
Greg Foskey and Amy Eilers
December 2015 Tour
LEARNED MORE ON THIS TOUR THAN PREVIOUS 3 TRIPS TO PANAMA
I’ve been to Panama three times prior to this tour, but I saw and learned more on the Panama Relocation Tour than my previous trips combined! Jackie and Melissa (stateside) run a well organized, on-time tour, and Jackie provides real insight into the good and bad points about individual areas. Not only does she run a hugely informative tour, but Jackie goes much further—she takes great care of her people (past and present tour attendees), and she is a superb role model for how a good expat should behave and live in Panama. She’s the best!
Dec. 2015 Tour
WE REALLY APPRECIATED HOW WELL ORGANIZED THE TRIP WAS
December 2015 Tour
December 2015 Tour
October 2015 Tour
You are amazing Jackie, thank you for everything!I’m a natural born skeptic and I was hesitant to take this tour. I finally decided that at least I would get to visit or see most of the places I was interested in. Worth a shot considering you don’t have to worry about travel, accommodations etc. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!
I thought I had done a lot of research on line about Panama. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.
I was wrong.
The notebook that you get from Jackie was worth the price of admission alone. Packed with information and sources that you will genuinely need if you are even thinking of relocating to Panama.
I was also considering possible relocation to Ecuador, Colombia or possibly Nicaragua but this tour blew me away and totally convinced me that Panama was the right decision for me. For a LOT of reasons.
This tour is simply wonderful. From meeting Enrique at the airport (great guy!), to touring Panama City (not for me) to all of the wonderful hosts and people you will meet was absolutely wonderful. The only real estate pitches you got were honest and upfront and completely no pressure. Jackie does NOT try to sell you anything. In fact, she completely blew off one condo tour along the coast (after considerately asking for a vote) because they didn’t bother to air condition the units we were to look at.
You get to see the real Panama. You get to meet some amazing people and see some amazing sights and locals.
Bottom line: Panama Relocation Tours gives you the “real deal” and I am now in the process of getting my visa.
Jackie is the ultimate hostess! She is a font of information and doesn’t hesitate to tell you how it really is, both pros and cons about damn near everything you would want to know.
COMPLETELY SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS! And I highly recommend this tour. I look forward to meeting some of you after I make my move.
Last but certainly not least. Thank you Jackie for making this such an eye opening experience! I truly appreciate everything you did. You truly go above and beyond for those of us that have the desire to possibly make the move. You are (I’m running out of adjectives here) incredible and I look forward to having you as a “neighbor” in the near future.
September 2015 Tour
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 2015 Tour
Below is my testimonial for the Panama relocation tour. While there were so many excellent things about the tour, most points were already covered in the testimonials on your website…so I hope this perspective is useful for you:
The contacts alone were worth the price of the tour. The recommended attorney had my Panama corporation created before I arrived in Panama. Within a few days after the tour, I had two bank accounts, a resident’s visa good for 1 year, and the process was started for permanent residency. (I met people in Panama who suffered through months, and sometimes years, trying to get these same things done.) The recommended CPA helped me devise a tax strategy. And since seeing the recommended ophthalmologist in Panama City, I no longer need reading glasses and I can see better far away, with less eye stress. We were given a long list of other contacts, too: health insurance, pet relocation, mail services, how to buy a car…everything you might want in Panama. Oh, and the tour was great too.
Thank you so much for the wonderful tour, the contacts, the personalized assistance, and the great time.
And Jackie — thank you especially for all the business advice!
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU AFTER THE TOUR TOO
JACKIE AND THE OTHER INTREPID TRAVELERS REALLY MADE THE TOUR SPECIAL
If anyone reading this review is seriously thinking about making the move to Panama (or just thinking about relocating out of their home country to somewhere) I can recommend Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tour. The tour is guided by Jackie and she is extremely knowledgeable about the nuts and bolts of the good, the bad and the ugly of moving to Panama. She tells you like it is, which really, is pretty good!
The first half of the tour was the “beach” half, taking us to beach locations and visiting different potential living locations for those in the market for living on or near beaches. The second half was more concentrated on the western half of Panama in the mountainous area where Jackie had ex-pats to show us some of their homes and other real estate. We got the low-down on properties and prices for all sorts of different life styles. We had “real-time” shopping experiences to get an idea of what is available (and what is not) and what the costs are of everyday and not-so-every-day items and how close or how far away shopping would be in different areas of the country.
Ex-pats joined us, usually when we broke bread (which was often and tasty), locals welcomed us in Boquete, legal affairs and banking were discussed by experts, and all this was accompanied by many, many tidbits of information from Jackie’s personal saga of her move to Panama and her daily life now living there which was not just informative, but interesting. She is a woman with a wide range of interests and a great person (in my opinion). She and the other intrepid travelers on the September tour really made the tour special.
Thanks Jackie and Melissa!
Steve from Virginia
September 2015 Tour
CHARLOTTE MOVES TO PANAMA 2 WEEKS AFTER THE TOUR
THE TOUR OF A LIFETIME!
Marlene & Frank Nuzzo
september 2015 Tour
THE TOUR HAD A NICE PACE AND THE HOTELS WERE EXCELLENT
COMPREHENSIVE DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO RELOCATE WITH MANY RESOURCES
See the photos of their house and neighborhood at the end of the video….
Erik and Debby
So glad I went on the tour……….learned sooooo much valuable information…….
At some point you have to stop reading about Panama and get your boots on the ground and go see it for yourself………the tour allowed me to get a feel for all the areas I had been reading about and allowed me to rule out areas to live as well as narrow down my options…………Because of the tour I now know where I want to live in Panama.
It was also great to meet with like minded people on the tour as well as talk with expats living in the area I am interesting in moving to.
I also made valuable contacts as far as securing my visa, bringing my dogs, renting/buying a car, a better feel for prices, shopping, stores, mail, internet availability, etc, etc. Knowing what I know now I can’t fathom moving to Panama without all the info and intel received on this tour……….it has saved me from soooo much future stress and worries. I also know I can contact Jackie at any time for info, assistance and further contacts as well as housing options when I get closer to my move date…………
Jackie and Melissa run a great operation; pretty much cover everything as well as handle all logistics for your arrival, departure and any reservations you want to take after the tour………….Definitely a five star operation. NOBODY SHOULD MOVE TO PANAMA WITHOUT TAKING THIS TOUR.
July 2015 Tour
July 2015 Tour
There are a lot of seminars and tours you can take on living in Panama, but my wife, Barbara, and I feel that Jackie Lange’s ‘Panama Relocation Tour’ is by far the best bet for your money. The main reason we feel this way is not just the tour. For the year following our tour we continued to bombard Jackie with a series of questions and inquiries. Jackie always responded with the answers we needed, even when we were asking almost the same question over and over. Her contacts that she provides during the tour are also great resources, ready and willing to help.
April 2014 tour participants
My husband & I had been exploring Panama relocation options for several months. While doing that research we came across PRT. We decided to use their service for the June 2015 tour. Before the tour Jackie and Melissa (of PRT) kept us abreast of what to prepare beforehand and what to expect upon arrival. We received detailed pre-trip instructions. Upon arrival we found that the emails had well prepared us for the experience. PRT was also very helpful in assisting us secure accommodations for a few days prior and after the tour. The tour itself followed a well-planned yet relaxed pace. This allowed my husband and me to experience various types of accommodations and
restaurants in each city we visited. Jackie, the owner and guide, has a wealth of knowledge about Panama itself and the various towns and all that is involved with relocation. She conducted the tour with grace and professionalism. She is both accessible and personable.
In conclusion we recommend PRT to anyone who is seriously considering relocating
to Panama. PRT will give you a boots on the ground experience that will help to inform your decision to move. At the end of the tour we had a great many questions answered and a good idea of what our next steps in the process should be.
Lorna and Al Chandler
June 2015 Tour
Wow, we just completed the June 2015 Relocation tour and what an outstanding tour it was! Not only did we learn a tremendous amount of information about Panama, but we also made some great friends that we look forward to seeing again! Jackie is “The Source” when it comes to seeing and learning all the” ins and outs” of relocating to Panama. I honestly don’t know how anyone could move to Panama on their own, and make it without this tour. Don’t get me wrong, they could do it, but it would take MUCH more time and effort. Jackie has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she shares that saves you both time and money. The contacts you make alone, are worth the price of the tour. One of the many things we love about Jackie is the fact that she continues to share and help even after the the tour ends. She will be there for you each step of the way! Thanks Jackie, for a great tour, for all that you did for us, and for being a friend!
Thanks for everythingCharlie Miller
May 2015 Tour|
What a wonderful and enlightening experience this has been. Words cannot express what you and Panama Relocation Tours has meant to me. You have kept your word on everything you promised. I will forever be grateful.
Please look for my return soon.
NorCal, East Bay, California
April 2015 PRT Alumni
Mark and Deborah H. (Florida)
My husband and I just finished taking the March 2015, Panama Relocation Tour and were glad we invested the extra money to do so! Jackie is a wealth of information about the process, different areas of Panama, who to contact for what and has a great network of contacts throughout the country. We were well taken care of with food, accommodations and saw more than we could have or would have on our own. Jackie has taken the guess work out of the process and we came home with a much clearer picture as to the retirement opportunities in Panama and where to begin our process. Melissa was always prompt with schedules and suggestions and helped us set-up our relaxation locations before and after the tour. Melissa was also a wealth of information and suggestions and could help us refine what we were looking for. Oh and Jorge, the driver, could drive that big beautiful, comfortable bus around everywhere and made it seem easy! Thank you Jackie and Melissa for an excellent tour! If you are considering retirement in Panama, I would highly recommend you do so with Panama Relocation Tours!
March 2015 Tour
this beautiful country.The most valuable part of this tour; is Jackie herself. I know she will be a continued resource for all. Jackie even helped a women staying at the same hotel (who was not a member of our tour) with her travel plans; and she was really thankful.
NJ February 2015 Tour
Kathleen Cardenas, February 2015 Tour
February 2015 Tour
February 2015 Tour
To all of you skeptics out there like I was: Have no fear. Jackie and her tour are the real deal. This was my first trip to Panama and when I arrived I had to ask myself: “What the hell was I thinking?” The next morning was the first day of the tour, and after meeting Jackie and my fellow tour mates, then boarding our spacious bus, my whole attitude changed and I felt more and more positive each and every day.
I never thought I would see so much of the country, nor receive so much valuable information. Jackie’s narratives which are complimented with our prepared manual, were so informative that all we had to do was relax and take it all in, all the while knowing we weren’t getting any sugar coated tripe. This was Panama as is really is.
Our accommodations and meals far exceeded my expectations. I slept like a baby and ate like I hadn’t eaten in a month. Also, we had enough free time to explore and see for ourselves how friendly and welcoming the Panamanian people are.
Jackie arranged for us to meet many expats who gave us their impressions thus far of relocating to Panama. They were more than happy to answer the many questions we all had.
From Jackie’s warmth and professionalism, to Melissa’s support and individual attention, to our tour bus driver Jorge’s masterful navigating, I could not have asked for a better experience. I’m making the move to Panama – others may not. I was lucky enough
to find Jackie and her tour to help cement my decision.
January 2015 tour member,
IT’S NOT A TOUR, IT’S AN ADVENTURE!
Besides all the great info you are going to get, you see so much of the country, will make some wonderful friends, that you will want to sell your house as soon as you get back home, like my wife Sally and I are going to do!! Jackie does incredible things to personalize the tour, like having a freshly baked Birthday Cake at dinner on my wife’s Birthday!! You don’t spend money on this tour, you INVEST it!!
Bob and Sally Lewis
January 2015 Tour
AS A SINGLE WOMAN I WAS CONCERNED
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the fabulous January 2015 tour. It was everything I hoped for and more. I was able anamarelocationtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/fred_cynthiabishop.jpg”> Expats Fred and Cynthia Bishop Talk to to the Tour Group[/caption]
On our first trip to Panama for the Panama Relocation Tour, our expectation was the usual tourist vacation – to see the Panama Canal, Panama City, the old town and beaches and possibly sell real estate investments. Little did we know that the Relocatio Tour was more than that. We did not expect to meet new friends with the same goals as we have and the well planned trip from Panama City to Boquete and the neighborhing towns.There was a bit of skeptism that the tour was to sell real estate properties and the challenges of moving from the US to Panama.Hearing from the expats, you realize that when you move to Panama you are adapting to a new lifestyle – a serene contented life with less worries and stress. You can do more or you can do less depending on your wish to live your life. There’s a saying that.. “It’s not how long you live but it’s how you live your life!”
We found out that this Relocation Tour was to see the real Panama, to see the famour Panama Canal, different neighborhoods and the nitty-gritty of the lifestule of it’s people, the expats, and the good, the bad, and the ugly without sugar-coating.
Jackie and Melissa, this is not just an adventure for us… it is your passion on your part to do this for every body and we appreciate and relish the experience.
Becks & Ching Tagala
August 2014 Tour
July 2014 Tour
Thanks for the great experience!A little background – last year I traveled to Chile. I booked the flights, the rooms, the tours, everything. I did a bunch or research & reading (but it’s never enough). I don’t speak Spanish. I had a great trip, but I wasted a lot of time – getting my bearings, figuring out what to do, traveling from place to place, communicating, etc.
I heard that Jackie ran a Panama tour group. Panama hadn’t been on my priority list, but I knew of Jackie from another business she has. I didn’t know her personally, but I knew her reputation for planning, organizing and executing – just plain getting things done.
With the travel/tour details taken care of, I figured I could just show up and learn when I got there. I booked the tour and flight and off I went.
My assumptions were correct. It was door to door service, start to finish. I was picked up and dropped off at the airports. Accommodations, meals, travel and tours were set.
I spent the entire time learning and making great contacts with others on the tour. My goal was to get an overview and a feel for the country and culture in a short period of time, without knowing Spanish and without spending much time planning. Mission accomplished!
Thanks Jackie, Richard, Nikki, Melissa and everyone else who made it happen!
July 2014 Tour
Looking for a place with more constant and pleasant weather than we currently have, spending a lot of time on the web reading comparisons and blogs and oh so very positive International Living articles, and having visited El Valle de Anton via a cruise ship excursion, we found and signed up for Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tour. We figured that even if the tour didn’t turn out to be as described, we’d get a week of touring around Panama where we didn’t have to think about where to stay, where to eat, how to get to the next place, etc.
Pleasantly, the tour turned out to be exactly as described. We got to visit virtually all the locations in Panama we’d been reading about and pondering. As is appropriate for Panama, before even heading out on the tour, we got to meet with a lawyer who discussed the most frequently used visas and described the existence of a process to deal with a national criminal background check that comes back other than ‘no prior arrest data.’ We met a variety of ex-pats all quite willing to chat with a dozen+ strangers and/or let us wander around inside their homes, some of which were rented, some owned, spanning quite the range of living styles.
Richard Deitrich, author of “The NEW Escape To Paradise” accompanied our tour and, along with Jackie, filled in many little gaps in our understanding and provided validation information on a variety of perceptions gleaned from the various ex-pat websites and blogs. The tour was nicely balanced in terms of eating at both lower and upper end restaurants and staying at a (TripAdvisor) top-rated hotel in Panama City, an all-inclusive resort (near Coronado) and a couple quaint little places along the way. We got just the right amount of time (for us) to wander around in various stores to check out prices and availability and to explore Jackie’s and Richard’s home town of Boquete. Neither Jackie, nor Richard, know or addressed everything one could conceivably want to know about Panama, but the information provided was quite extensive, neither seemed to overstate and both readily tried to point the way to alternative sources of information when needed. We extended our stay in Panama on both ends of the tour with help in the arrangements readily and effectively provided by Melissa (Jackie’s daughter.)
Our bottom-line is that we in no way regretted having taken this tour, found the price to be quite reasonable for what we got and encourage anyone pondering relocating to, or establishing a snowbird’s nest in, Panama to sign up for the tour.
Kerry and Denise O’Neal
May 2014 Tour
What a way to experience Panama! You can sit in a hotel conference room and be bombarded with disjoined information until you are numb on both ends or you can travel through, see, and participate in THE REAL PANAMA with knowledgeable people, Jackie and Richard, and with a great group of observers, like yourself.
From the cities to the beaches to the mountains, Panama has it all. We live in Florida, so the mountains, especially beautiful Boguete, really appealed to us. The visits to the expat’s homes were really neat!
Jackie and Richard tell it how it is! And we certainly saw a broad spectrum of Panamanian life. Throughout the tour we were well taken care of. Thank you again for such a great tour.
We’ll be back!Ruth Ann & Ken Bruce May 2014
THE TOUR WAS FANTASTIC!
The tour was fantastic! It covered many aspects of Panama life. Jackie is very knowledgeable and has a very gracious heart. Anybody thinking about relocating either part time or full time would greatly benefit from the Panama Relocation Tours
J & L Price
June 2014 Tour
I TOTALLY ENJOYED THE TOUR
I really enjoyed the tour and have returned home with many positive thoughts about Panama. As you know, I opened a bank account while in Boquete and I plan to continue to add to it, eventually to try for a Friendly Nations visa. I am also thinking about establishing a corporation in Panama and I assume that your attorney can do all the necessary “stuff.” I have already started the process for applying for residency – got my finger prints taken today and have the FBI form filled out; I think I have the right one for the background report that is required and I’ll get that in the mail soon.
I totally enjoyed this tour and the group of people that were there!!! I’ll likely be back; as I said, I intend to apply for residency so I expect to be in touch. With luck, maybe the residency thing will correlate with the start of one of your tours so I’ll see Jackie in Panama (City, that is) (see, I’m already talking like a resident).
Chris, Las Vegas May 2014 Tour
PANAMA RELOCATION TOURS REALLY DELIVERS!
If you are considering or only curious about having a presence in Panama, you can do no better than to take this tour. Jackie Lange and her daughter Melissa have arranged a near seamless experience packed full of important information presented in a vacation-like, relaxed program. We traveled to a number of places on the pacific side of the country exposing us to a variety of towns, living choices and lifestyles. We met people who can assist with a move, people who have moved who shared their experiences and saw many options.
Though Chiriqui province was very charming, I am going to return to Panama to look at another area that has piqued my interest and may be the place for me. This tour has made me very positive about Panama, its “way of doing things” and its people. Even after the 6 books I read before arriving, Jackie gave us so much more important information and so many contacts, it was priceless.
Our accommodations were varied through the tour, a taste of the choices one has in Panama. The same spectrum was shown in housing options. There is apparently a wide choice of lifestyles available in Panama and places to enjoy them, two coasts, mountains, small towns, big cities. They have it all.
Thanks Jackie, Well done!
Marilyn L eff
April 2014 Tour
April 2014 Tour
We were honored to have Richard Detrich, author of The NEW Escape to Paradise, join us for the April 2014 tour. Here are some testimonials sent to Richard.
Hi Richard, Thank-you so much for your wonderful stories and commentary on the trip. We learned a lot, even though we had read your book. We loved meeting Nikki also, and I was very interested in her project of teaching some of the Indian guys English. You have such a gorgeous place that I have trouble imagining that you are selling it. Thank-you so much for everything. We had a blast! Sincerely, Barbara Will-Wallace
Dear Richard, Thank you and Nikki so much for your kind hospitality during our stay in Boquete. It was a highlight of our visit as was the realisation that this was a place we could live and enjoy retirement! Our cups of coffee in the cold rainy climate of home will no doubt transport us to your veranda overlooking the coffee plants from whence they came prompting a hasty return! We are in the airport where Kelvin was dancing around singing to herself about her new home in Boquete…. She is an unstoppable force. Again, thank you for your insightful comments, the introductions you facilitated and your delightful company. Regards, David Martin
Dear Richard, I feel blessed to have the honor and pleasure to have the chance to travel with you for the whole journey. I would certainly read and write feedback on Amazon after I receive your book. Take care and enjoy the heaven on earth with your beloved family. With all best regards, Joy Stone
Hi Richard! Rhonda & I thoroughly enjoyed your expertise and anecdotal knowledge of Panama. You added so much to the tour. Thanks for a great time! David Grover
THE PANAMA RELOCATION TOUR DELIVERS EXACTLY WHAT IT PROMISES
We loved the tour. It is exceptional! And scary as well. Suddenly this is not a game, an intellectual exercise, it’s real. Thank you for the care and thought that you’ve put in providing such a wonderful service. I understand now why some people would take the tour multiple times. Below are our comments for your Web site. Sorry for the delay in sending them … I’ve been shoveling snow since we arrived (and it was ten below zero then)!
Considering Panama? This is the tour to take! The Panama Relocation Tour delivers exactly what it promises. This is not a real estate sales pitch nor a gilded showcase of life in paradise. Jackie Lange has configured a pragmatic guided travelogue for those considering moving. Her process begins with a few questions when you sign up designed to help you discover if you are actually ready for such a dramatic step.
The tour itself is well orchestrated, well run, on time, on topic, and efficient—that’s not to be taken for granted in a mañana culture—in addition to being informative, useful, and enlightening. Traversing half the country, from Panama City to the border of Costa Rica, the tour includes numerous stops in a variety of locales, staying in urban and rural areas, eating in both gringo and Panamanian cafes. Highlighting each day is a meeting with local ex-pats from that community for their perspective of life in Panama and/or with owners and visits to their homes for sale. (Just enough of these to give you a sense of what’s available. Again, this is not a real estate tour.)
Be prepared to re-examine your priorities on this trip. This is not a typical vacation. You will find yourself looking at the landscape in a new way, as a potential inhabitant rather than as a tourist. This can be unnerving at first. But if you are truly considering moving to Panama you owe it to yourself to take this tour.
Jim & Cynthia Fletcher
IT IS NOT A TOUR IN THE USUAL SENSE… IT IS WAY MORE!
THE TOUR PREPARED US FOR MOVING TO PANAMA
John and his wife moved to Panama a few months after their Panama Relocation Tour. Watch this video to learn about John’s experience with the tour and about living in Panama. This video was recorded at the 4th Annual Panama Relocation Tours REUNION Party. (sorry about the background noise)
Thank you for a wonderful experience in Panama! Every detail was more than covered from the 25 cent bathroom admission fee to the all inclusive resort stay. We saw so many aspects of the country from the ocean to arid areas to the mountains with a bit of a tropical rainforest in between. It was great to meet expats already living in Panama and to hear their stories. The information they shared was most interesting and helpful. This tour really gives a true picture of what life in Panama can be like from a variety of perspectives. There seems to be a climate and a living style to meet the expectations of nearly anyone considering this country as a future home.It was fortuitous that we ran into Nathan at the Albrook airport on our way back to Panama City at the end of our extended stay. He was great support as we navigated the taxi scene at the airport. The support from the tour guides doesn’t end on the last day of the tour! Jackie, Nathan, and Melissa remain available to assist with information and suggestions as future visits are planned or questions arise about living in Panama.
We will be back again to see how Panama has changed and grown as we get closer to our full time retirement date in a couple years. Thanks again for your support and assistance!
Dale and Kristin Stillman
Rome City, IN
MOVED TO PANAMA 6 MONTHS AFTER THE TOUR
Colin (Soup) and Sue Campbell moved from Alaska to Volcan Panama 6 months after the tour. Their video testimonial was recorded at our 4th Annual Reunion Party in 2014 for tour attendees who have moved to Panama. (sorry about the noise in the background)
IT WAS VERY INFORMATIVE
I thought the tour was great! This was my 2nd Panama Relocation Tour. Saw some new places. It was very informative. There is no way I could have learned so much about living and relocating to Panama if I had tried to do this on my own.
P.S. See Sue’s Video Testimonial which was recorded at the 2014 Panama Relocation Tours Reunion Party. ( sorry about the noise in the background)
THE PANAMA RELOCATION TOUR IS A MUST….
The Panama relocation tour is a MUST for anyone who is curious about what living in Panama would be like part-time or full-time. Jackie has planned every detail of this tour with great care and sensitivity to the needs of her travelers. She balances group experiences and personal time very well and provides individual attention to each person on the tour. And she keeps the schedule moving…with diplomacy!
You will appreciate the tremendous wealth of information she provides as well as her guest speakers, who are either expats or local professionals. It’s also most helpful to see the price range and type of properties available. You will experience the full gamut of weather and type of scenery Panama has to offer, which is considerable!
Be sure to include a few extra days “on your own” so you can further explore. If you choose to take Jackie’s lodging and restaurant recommendations you won’t regret it. They are excellent!
I also would like to add that Melissa’s responsiveness was excellent and very reassuring.
(Note, that is Sally on the left and Mimi Stewart on the right. Mimi gives the BEST massages in Panama. Most of our tour guests pay a visit to Mimi when we get to Boquete)
EVEN MORE ENLIGHTENING
Thank you again for providing the Panama Relocation Tours. This was my second time through and found it even more enlightening than the first time. Your emphasis on introducing the group to ex-pats throughout the tour has been a very valuable part of both tours. Because of this, I feel that I now have friends and contacts in every part of the country.
I think that everyone appreciated the fact that the tour was well planned out and arrival and departure times were always met and destinations were pertinent and interesting. Everything went off without a hitch.
The big bonus on my first tour was the 2 or 3 days that Richard Dietrich was with us. His knowledge of Panama and his willingness to share that knowledge was priceless. Equally as large a bonus on this tour was the incorporation of Nathan and Linda into your crew. Nathan’s knowledge of Latin America and his willingness to share that knowledge was worth the price of admission. Linda’s long time residence in Latin America and her extensive knowledge was a big asset. In addition, Linda made the tour “just plain fun” with her witty personality and easy going management style. It just wouldn’t have been the same without her. Oh, and the daily Spanish lessons taught by Linda and Nathan were greatly appreciated.
I plan to come down again in June or July and will probably see you then.
Steve K., Florida
IT FELT LIKE LEAVING SUMMER CAMP
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the tour, Linda and Nathan were great, as well as all of our tour compadres. It’s certainly a crap shoot signing up to travel an entire country with a group of strangers, but I have to say there was not a single person on our tour that I would not invite to my home for dinner! We had a great time and it felt like leaving summer camp as a kid when it was over. I look forward to keeping in touch and meeting others in this group and sharing information. This group will only be as good as we make it!
Lea Randy Taylor
Kansas City. MO
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THANK YOU very much for a great Panama Relocation Tour this past August, 2013.
It was so nice and convenient to tour with you as you had every detail pre-arranged to make the tour effortless and stress free for us. The restaurants, hotels, transportation, and a plethora of information was so helpful and wonderful ! Your pre-tour briefing with the attorney along with a packet of useful information and talking with expats during the tour was beyond helpful. We did not feel pressured to buy or rent any properties- you just let us see many different options for housing in Panama including gated communities, beautiful and modern apartments, private homes and condos and also opening your own private home to us for a first-hand look at real Panama living.
The driver was great and we enjoyed practicing and learning Spanish with him.
You more than delivered what you promised in your web information about touring Panama when we were looking for information for living in Panama.
Your candid, realistic and helpful information about everything Panama was so refreshing to know that the information was truthful and honest.
I would recommend this tour for anyone considering living and/or doing business in Panama.
The value was more than worth the money spent for this tour and every time we had any questions before, during, or after the tour you were prompt in answering those questions.
Dr. R. and C. Jacobs
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
We can’t say enough wonderful things about the Panama Relocation Tour! You’ll visit places all over the country, and have an opportunity to see what it would be like to live there.
As you travel in a comfortable motor coach, you’ll hear Jackie talk about all things expat Panama. She’s made the move, and she tells you what you need to know to make the move yourself.
Maybe you’ll decide Panama isn’t for you. Or, like us, you’ll see that Panama is even more wonderful than you imagined! Either way, the Panama Relocation Tour is your very best option to help make your decision. Everything is paid for. You have no decisions to make. You just sit back, enjoy yourself, and learn.
Jackie says she gives you a first lick of the ice cream cone. You have to eat the rest of it on your own. Crunch!
Martin and Ann, Oregon
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS TOUR
Absolutely fabulous tour showing us where to go back to and where not to go back to. Great fun too! Wonderful advice on EVERYTHING from renting/buying, visa options, legal, police situations, weather, etc etc. Thank you so much!
Scott & Felicity Robinson
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Super tour! All three of you were awesome. Content of the tour was very informative.
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WELL ORGANIZED AND CUSTOM ORIENTED
Great overview of the many beautiful locations in which to relocate. Well organized and custom oriented. Thanks for your conscientious efforts to present the many options available in a compressed amount of time. Friendly staff (drivers) and leaders especially. Very helpful in consolidating our plans.
Cheryl & Jerry Eastman
Rancho Mirage, California
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR
Highly recommend this tour. We took the 6 day tour which was long enough to get a good overall view of most of the places that expats would consider living from Panama City to the beach communities of Coronado, Pedasi on the Azuero Peninsula, Las Lajas near David, and the mountain communities of El Valle, and Boquete.
Thoroughly enjoyed the stress free tour and the chance to meet and and interact the other couples on the tour also in the same situation that we are in while leaving all the planning details up to Jackie, her daughter Melissa, and her keeper boyfriend Nathan. Also enjoyed meeting other ex-pats including Jackie’s husband and neighbor.
Other highlights include spending the afternoon at Richard Detrich’s home (author of the must read book, Escape to Paradise, Living and Retiring in Panama) and meeting with Bob Adams from www.retirementwave.com. Look forward to the new forum on your website that will allow us to keep up with our new friends from the tour and follow their progress as they wrap things up at home and retire to Panama.
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WOW!!!! THAT WAS A REAL FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE
WOW!!! That was a real Fairytale adventure that ended too soon. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it and can’t wait to get back there. Opportunities abound and that country’s future in on the right track. I hope everyone returned safely and keeps in touch to encourage each other to keep up the momentum for the big move south.
To Your Increased Wealth,
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THIS TOUR IS FOR YOU!
For all you folks out there looking for a really great place to retire, you need to look real hard at Panama. And the way to do that is to take Jackie’s overview tour and check out some really good retirement areas. If you are like many, you will be very tired of the hassles of living in big cities, like Panama City, and want to check out some quieter surroundings like the beach or the mountains, then this tour is for you.
Jackie has conducted this tour for small groups for MANY years and has located a most outstanding Panamanian guide who is exceedingly well informed about all things Panama and he drives the group to selected locations with very different geographies.
Now this is not a house buying tour where real estate agents try to sell you their houses, but an opportunity to see a whole lot of Panama and decide if Panama is the right destination for you.
INFORMATIVE AND ENJOYABLE – ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT
Thanks so much for organizing and making our trip to the beautiful country of Panama so informative and enjoyable. Norma and I enjoyed every minute of it! Your scheduling maximized our experiencing the country, Ex-pats, natives, dining, fellowship with other attendees, Richard Detrich, you and Doug. You showed us such a variety of areas, activities and real estate. The accommodations and restaurants were excellent. Your schedule allowed for adequate rest and recuperation but not one minute for boredom!
We were very favorably impressed with the country’s courtesy, security (our passports were checked frequently by courteous police, hotel clerks,etc) Unemployment Rate (4%), welfare “0” (it is handled on a local basis like we used to have), flat tax rate (17%, includes their social security!), availability of reasonable cost medical insurance (30 days free for visitors.) Their 11% annual growth in GNP,
We discussed that Panama was not the Garden of Eden but it must be in the same neighborhood! We would eagerly recommend the trip to anyone.
Will & Norma
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THE INFORMATION WAS VERY COMPLETE
Helen and I would like to thank you for the magnificent tour last week. We stayed a few days after and looked at a few more sites in Panama. Originally we thought the tour was to include only Boquete, so we had planned to visit a few areas close by. But you included all the sites we had planned to visit. The information was very complete and gave us all we could ask for as an initial screening visit.
The tour was perfectly designed and executed for someone considering Panama as a new place to live. The various micro-climates, the cost of living and housing, the ease of travel and day-to-day living, and other trade-offs could not have been covered better. We found the contact with the expats who are presently living in the area to be invaluable, providing the insight of people who are already living in Panama for several years.
Your personalized involvement and attention to detail were greatly appreciated. You answered some of our personal questions in ways I cannot imagine anyone else being capable of. You were truly a great host and we will be forever grateful.
Hope to see you soon in Panama.
Glenn and Helen
THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC TOUR
Sovereign Lady, Thank you for a fantastic tour. We learned so much that will assist us in deciding when to rent a furnished house there in or near Boquete.
Yes, the tour ranks as one of our top two tours we have taken. we really appreciate everything about it and are telling all of our friends and relatives about it. Everyone up here should take that tour ASAP. Hopefully the International airport in David will be open for us CA visitors soon.
Dean and Ellen
P.S. We are sold on Boquete. Hopefully see you and Doug soon.
IT WAS SO GREAT TO HAVE SOMEONE PICK US UP AT THE AIRPORT
We have taken Jackie’s tour and it was awesome! Our travel schedule landed us in Panama late in the evening and is was so GREAT to have someone pick us up at the airport after 12 hours of traveling and going through the hassles of two airport security check points, etc.
It was wonderful to be directed by Sovereign Lady as to where to purchase a Panama phone and know that if you got lost you had a way to connect with Sovereign lady or the van driver, Briant. It was comforting to know you had the means to call back home in the event of an emergency.
We stayed at top notch places with great food. You really felt like you were on vacation. We had some real estate side trips to give us a taste of what is available in different areas of the country. It was really nice to become acquainted with other people on the tour who were visiting Panama for the same reasons as you.
Both Jackie and Briant gave us wonderful insights about the country and its people on our ride between towns. Sovereign Lady arranged for us to meet other expats including Richard & Nikki Detrich on their coffee farm and others once we arrived in Boquete. We stayed an extra week after the tour to see more of Panama, especially the area close to Costa Rica. You’ll see a lot more of Panama and gain greater insight into the Panama way of life & culture by staying an extra week.
Angela & Bob September 2012
THE INFORMATION FROM THE TOUR DEFINITELY MADE THE MOVE TO PANAMA MUCH EASIER
Bob and Angela Hanson attended two Panama Relocation Tours. In 2013 they got their Pensionado Visa, Panama Driver’s licenses, bought a house and a car and opened Panama bank accounts. They have also joined many community organizations and attend a church in Boquete… this was all easy to do because of the information they received during the Panama Relocation Tours. Watch this video to hear what they have to say… ( sorry for the noise in the background. This was recorded during the 4th Annual Panama Relocation Tours REUNION Party)