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Banos - Foot Bridge
JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Quito at the Hostal Mediodia. I paid US$10 / night for a room with a Double Bed, Cable TV, and Hot Water Ensuite. But, it was not in the ‘Historical Centre’ (as they advertise) … it was in a ‘slightly rough’ area of town where, ideally, you needed to be back home by 8pm (or, at least, have a taxi take you to the hotel door). When I return to Quito, I will stay in another […]

Banos – Ecuador – Information



Boquete - Walk - 22
APRIL 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I stayed a total of 3 weeks in Isla Bastimentos and Bocas Town, Isla Colon. Throughout Latin America, hotel costs can go crazy in Easter / Holy Week / Santa Semana … with some hotels tripling their prices. So, I decided to leave Bocas Town and get back to the mainland to take refuge in Changuinola for a few nights (before moving on to […]

Boquete – Panama – Information



Bocas Town - Walk - 3
MARCH 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I made my way from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Isla Bastimentos, Panama by Shuttle Bus(es) and Boat(s). On Isla Bastimentos, I booked a GRANDPAcking Double Room for 4 nights at US$31 / night (Bubba’s House). The room was expensive, basic and ‘tired’. The shared kitchen was small and almost unusable. I needed to get my costs down and find somewhere with a […]

Bocas Town – Panama – Information



Bastimentos - Old Bank - 6
MARCH 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = P$1 (Panama Balboa). Panama uses US$s and only uses Balboa as coins for small change. I made my way from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Isla Bastimentos, Panama by Shuttle Bus(es) and Boat(s). I left Puerto Viejo just before 9am and arrived at my Isla Bastimentos hostel (Bubba’s House) mid afternoon. I booked a GRANDPAcking Double Room for 4 nights at US$31 / night. The room was very basic. The ensuite was ‘tired’. The door to the ensuite was off its […]

Isla Bastimentos – Panama – Information



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JULY 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying on West End, Roatan Island, Honduras to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read Roatan – Honduras – A Beginner’s Guide & Where to Stay and Roatan – Honduras – Information. The latter won’t be posted until the middle of August 2017 (when I leave the island). Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here […]

Roatan – Honduras – GRANDPAcking Costs



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JUNE 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying on Utila Island, Honduras to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read Utila – Honduras – A Beginner’s Guide & Where to Stay and Utila – Honduras – Information. The latter won’t be posted until the middle of July 2017 (when I leave the island). Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed […]

Utila – Honduras – GRANDPAcking Costs