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Money and costs

Currency
Balboa (B/.)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 28, 2016 4:09PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$35
  • Dorm bed: US$13
  • Dine on comida corriente (set meals), visit markets and street stalls
  • Plan sightseeing via bus, DIY visits to beaches and waterfall hikes
Midrange
US$70–US$150
  • Double room at a midrange hotel: US$60–US$130
  • Some fine dining, activities (snorkel rental or surf lessons) and regional flights
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Double room at a high-end hotel, resort or lodge: from US$130
  • Guided trips with bilingual naturalist guides
  • Internal flights and car rental

ATMs are readily available except in the most isolated places. Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and upscale hotels, but may be problematic elsewhere.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Tipping should be 10%; check to see if it's included in the bill.

  • Taxis Tipping is optional, but you can round up a dollar or two, especially at night.

  • Guides It is customary to tip US$7 to US$10 per person for day tours; tip on the high end for naturalist guides.