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Panama will always be an expensive country if you are overlanding between the Americas.  You will have to pay out for your shipping costs as well as your own transportation costs to your first South American country. Expect to pay around $1000USD per car and $300USD per motorcycle sharing a 40ft container (if manage to get the costs split with other vehicles).

You will also have to shell out for your onward travel. If this is via the San Blas Islands then expect to pay around $500 USD per person for the trip.  Direct flights to Colombia aren't much different in price. Check out our article on the San Blas for more details. 

It is possible to eat cheaply in Panama by shopping in local markets. Eating out isn't too expensive if you are co of weary about spreading the cash.

Fuel is approximatly $1USD per litre for Diesel.

Total spends            
  Total Per Day Per Person UK Total UK Per Day uk Per Person
             
Food $126.87 $10.57 $5.29 £76.12 £6.34 £3.17
Drinks $48.15 $4.01 $2.01 £28.89 £2.41 £1.20
Activities $1,456.00 $121.33 $60.67 £873.60 £72.80 £36.40
Toll Roads $14.00 $1.17 $0.58 £8.40 £0.70 £0.35
Fuel $161.00 $13.42 $6.71 £96.60 £8.05 £4.03
Souveniers $27.45 $2.29 $1.14 £16.47 £1.37 £0.69
van maintenance  $3.00 $0.25 $0.13 £1.80 £0.15 £0.08
eating out $181.00 $15.08 $7.54 £108.60 £9.05 £4.53
accomodation $70.00 $5.83 $2.92 £42.00 £3.50 £1.75
Laundry $6.00 $0.50 $0.25 £3.60 £0.30 £0.15
Border Crossing $33.00 $2.75 $1.38 £19.80 £1.65 £0.83
Transport $72.50 $6.04 $3.02 £43.50 £3.63 £1.81
Parking $3.00 $0.25 $0.13 £1.80 £0.15 £0.08
             
Total $2,201.97 $183.50 $91.75 £1,321.18 £110.10 £55.05

 


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