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Centro El Tucan

Costa Abajo, Colon, Achiote, Panama

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From nature's charms to coffee farms, this hostel is a prime place to relax and enjoy local Panama culture and beautiful Carribean shorelines.

  • Dorm
    From $10.80
  • Private
    From $50.00
10 or more people?

Achiote Hostel

Hostel Achiote

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Live and feel Panama at the Centro el Tucan in the rural community of Achiote, one of the best places in the world for birdwatching. Here you can enjoy nature, peace and quiet and get involved with local community activities.

The Centro el Tucan has gardens designed to attract birds and butterflies, with a trail and deck with a view over the valley. It is an ideal base to explore the Trogon Trail and the San Lorenzo Protected Area, and Achiote also has coffee farms, trails and decks and an intriguing community museum where you can learn about our local culture.

Nearby are the Gatun Locks at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal and the Observation deck for the Canal expansion, Fort San Lorenzo World Heritage Site, and the beautifully untouched Caribbean beaches at Piña.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 09:00 and 18:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 18:00
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only in local currency.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 09:00 to 13:00
From 15:00 to 18:30
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 6261-6291//6626-9790

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Esclusas de Gatun, mirador (More than 10km)
  • Fuerte del San Lorenzo (More than 10km)
  • Mirador de la Ampliación del Canal de Panamá (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Excellent place--simple but good accomodations: kitchen, bunk beds, nice bathrooms and showers (cold). Marilo, the host, is extremely kind and welcoming. Great birding on the grounds!


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Wed 23 Jan 2019

This was an excellent experience. I came to learn about history of Panama, to commune with nature, to see the canal, to learn about some of the challenges from a public health perspective, and got that and more. I would rate my experience as 10 of 10.


Avatar for Yvonne


Mon 18 Jun 2018

Excellente équipe .Connaissent très bien leur région et donnent de bons conseimls.Simple mais vraiment sympa:un bon souvenir..


Avatar for martial


Tue 31 Jan 2017

Basic. Great location. Marilo. couldnt. Be more help


Avatar for susan


Fri 20 Jan 2017

great location. hostal was run very well


Avatar for susan


Thu 03 Nov 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (500m to 1km)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m to 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500 m)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Beach (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (500m to 1km)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m to 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500 m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

At Panama City's Albrook bus terminal take an express bus to Colón once at the Colón terminal take a bus down the coast requesting to stop in Centro el Tucan Achiote.
Ask for Centro el Tucán Achiote Costa Abajo de Colón
From Panama City take the Highway to Colón. To reach the Centre cross the Esclusas de Gatun which turns left and passes through the dam and Weir. From here follow Gatun Lake until you reach an intersection where you turn right on Achiote road until you reach us at Centro el Tucan.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Walking / Hiking

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