WAPPIN! This Week in Bocas – October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021, Edition #5 — This Week in Bocas del Toro, Panama Walking the streets of Bocas Town, it is actually starting to feel like pre-March 2020. COVID-19 cases are down (10 active) and at this point, most of…

Kelly Hernandez holding up the reusable menstral pads of Days for Girls

Turning the Tides from Period Poverty to Privilege in Panama

“Turning the Tides from Period Poverty to Privilege in Panama” by Jenn Parker Today is the first day of my period, which seems coincidentally appropriate given the nature of the article I am writing. I reflect on my experience today…

a group photo of volunteers at a tree planting ceremony for the group Bocas Rainforest Reforestation Initiative

Bocas Rainforest Reforestation Initiative Is Launched

Every June, Panama celebrates National Reforestation Day and this year a newly formed organization, Bocas Rainforest Reforestation Initiative (BRRI), held an event in Dolphin Bay, where over 150 tree saplings were planted! The day was organized by the founders…

lady cooking coconut rolls over fire

Ari Ungüenrien! Let’s Cook With Mario Castrellón

Let’s Cook With Mario Castrellón! From September 21 to 23 the community of Rio Caña, located in the Kusapín district of the Ngäbe-Buglé region, will receive a visit from the renowned “ambassador of…

A lady dumping out her coconut milk rolls

Ari Ungüenrien! Vamos a Cocinar con Mario Castrellón

La comunidad de Rio Caña, ubicada en el distrito de Kusapín de la comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, recibirá del 21 al 23 de septiembre al reconocido “embajador de la gastronomía panameña”, Mario Castrellón, quien de la mano del organizador Felipe Baker,…

Tourist Visas in Panama cover photo. Tourists walk the main street on Colon Island, Bocas del Toro

Tourist Visas in Panama Reduced to 90 Days (Except for US and Canada)

Tourist visas in Panama were modified twice in September of 2021. Most countries now receive 90 days, whereas citizens of the United States and Canada still receive 180 days. On September 1, 2021, Panama passed the Resolution…

the volunteers of Papa Gato standing together and a picture of a small kitten being held

Papa Gato Animal Welfare

Animals have always been dear to my heart and as many know I have been helping care for our street animals in Bocas for several years now, earning me the nickname Papa Gato. I am now banded together with…

Photos of the Luis Russell mural in Bocas del Toro, Panama

El mural de Luis Russell : Un movimiento cultural para Bocas del Toro dirigido por la comunidad 

El mural de Luis Russell Mural es un hito cultural que rescata un capítulo importante en la historia de Bocas del Toro, a la vez de permitir a sus habitantes empoderarse de su herencia cultural. Agosto 2021 – Bocas…