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The Lost & Found Hostel is a very particular place located in the middle of the mountains between Bocas Del Toro and David. It is spread over a hill and there are different small buildings for the rooms, toilets, showers, bar, and common areas.
As mentioned, it is located in the middle of Panama, next to pretty much nothing. To get there you have to catch the local bus going to David or Bocas Del Toro, and ask to be dropped off by the hostel (bus drivers usually know about it). It is also possible to get a shuttle from Bocas or David. From the bus stop it is a fifteen-minute hike through the mountain to reach the hostel. There is only one small grocery shop that sells vegetable next to the bus stop and nothing more for many kilometers, so people can only stay at the hostel.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are private rooms and dorms. Dorms have bunk beds and can be located all around the property. There is no air conditioning or heating system, and as it is in the mountain it can get pretty cold at night. Due to the wind and the way the roof is made, it is also very noisy. There are lockers available, not in the room but in another area of the hostel, and you need to have your own padlock. Bathrooms are separated from the rooms, and depending from where the room is, it can be a little walk, and unpleasant if it rains (which happens very often). Toilets and showers are totally separated and they are in two different parts of the complex. Due to water scarcity, shower is possible only in certain hours of the day. Soap is available. Rooms and bathrooms are fairly clean, but as the place is in the wild, you should expect many insects, especially in the evening with the light on.
There is a reception with a relaxing area and a nice view of the valley, several hammocks all around the complex, and a bar with a balcony. Mostly, there are open spaces, which can get cold and wet in the evening if it rains and there is wind. There is a common kitchen, which guests can use and they sell basic groceries as there are no other places to buy food. The hostel has an on-site restaurant as well and the price are inflated because of the remote location. The vibe is very quiet during the day and people hike the mountain or relax in the hammocks. In the evening, guests usually chill around a table and play card games. The bar gathers customers for the happy hour around 8 p.m. You should not expect a party vibe though, but a place where people want to chill and have a conversation on a hammock. It is possible to meet people but it doesn’t offer much to do, so an active person could find the vibe boring.
All in all, it is an interesting place due to its remote location, but guests need to be aware that there is nothing around and a scarcity of food, so after a few nights there might be not more left to do. The hostel organized two treasure hunts, one in the hostel and one through the mountains, which are a good way to spend the day and interact with other travelers.
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Published on Apr 24, 2019
Location and Contact
• We are not in Boquete! We are off the beaten track but easy to find. We are on Highway 10 to Bocas del Toro and in the perfect location to break up your long haul to the Bocas islands. Stop by if you want many of the same activities as Boquete but don't want to back track. • If you arrive after dark (7pm) make sure you have a flashlight! Remember the last bus from David to our hostel (Bocas/Changuinola bus) is at 7pm! • Now that you are hereâ€¦ • It is a 15 minute uphill hike near the sign. If you need help with your bags the family that owns the fruit and vegetable stand that can help you for a small fee. Come in daylight or bring a flashlight for a bit of nighttime adventure.