Cooking, gardening, helping and hiking in beautiful Boquete, Panama

  • Panama
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  • Last activity: 31/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hello travelers, I'm Luis, a local from Panama and Workaway host since 2016. I grew up in Panama City but eventually moved to this small mountain town looking to simplify things and enjoy a better quality of life in closer proximity to nature.

    I’m an environmentally conscious person doing my best to reduce my carbon footprint and be mindful of our actions' consequences on the planet. I love nature and enjoy spending time with people who feel the same way.

    In 2022 I started playing with the idea of developing this property to start a community living project in nature. It’s still early, so besides the existing house, my plan is to build tiny homes. One of which is almost finished.

    I started hosting mainly to get educated about vegetarian cooking, but after seeing how much I have in common with those who travel with workaway (slow travelers looking for unique experiences), I kept it up with other things as well… Small construction jobs, gardening, trail maintenance, cleaning, making art with leftover pieces of wood, making furniture, painting, sanding, and others. Although cooking still remains an important part of the things you can help out with.

    While staying here you will soon realize this is a very relaxed and flexible environment. The work varies depending on each person. I allow everyone to find their own rhythm and choose the work that interests them the most. Some want to learn, others want physical work, others love to garden, etc.

    On a typical workday, we have breakfast at 7, start work at 8, cook at 12, and have lunch at 1. The cooking is usually only for 2 or 3 people once a day. Afternoons and weekends are open.

    I'm available for casual interaction, language practice, or profound conversations. I also have an acoustic guitar which you are welcome to use if you can get it off my hands :)

    I love to hike and there are beautiful nature hikes all around Boquete. I'll be happy to show you my favorites, as well as share some of the coffee produced locally, which is of the highest quality and quite amazing.

    I only host when it feels like a good fit for both. We will live as housemates sharing all the common spaces, having meals together, and sometimes doing some activities together. It is important that it feels right. When sending your message, please explain why you would like to stay here.

    The place is ideal for those who want to want to experience peace and quiet, enjoy nature, go on hikes, read a book, do yoga, and mostly take a break from the fast-paced life so common these days. The property is approx. 3 hectares of mostly forested land and feels like being on a secluded nature retreat.

    The center of town is 30 minutes walking from the house, it is a nice walk/hike, and it’s nice to be a bit away to breathe the clean air of the mountains, but the location is not convenient for those who want to be in town all the time or go out at night.

    The most common timeframe to stay is 2 to 4 weeks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Interact with a local, learn about Panama's culture, nature, food and coffee.

  • Help


    - Cooking vegan or vegetarian
    - Gardening and light trail maintenance.
    - Grocery shopping.
    - General home maintenance.
    - Keeping the main house clean.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You get your own room with private bathroom. Ingredients for meals included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Boquete is one of the top adventure travel destinations in Central America. Temperature is like AC year-round, perfect for hiking in the lush green fairy tale looking cloudforest. There are also small farms everywhere producing high quality coffee.

    Most travelers will find it easy to get to Boquete. And once here the town is small and easy to figure out. One important thing to point out is that being a mountain town, there are lots of hills so walking on flat terrain is rare. If you are in good shape and enjoy hiking, you will love it here, if not, then this might not be the right place for you.

    There are stores to buy essentials close to the house, otherwise the town center is 30-40 minutes walking with supermarkets, internet cafes, public library, and farmer market where you can find a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hrs/week

Host ref number: 357992131844

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