Adventure awaits

Explore, Discover, Chill

Welcome to Roots Hostel

If you are looking for a small homely hostel with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with spectacular nature and activities in the heart of Chiriquis mountain jungle, this is it! The nature around us is wonderful for outdoor enthusiasts as well as for those who seek some peace and tranquility!


We are a small hostel with a maximum capacity of around 25 people, which we believe is a perfect number for keeping our homely feel while enjoying a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

We aim to share our love of the mountain jungle with people of all ages from all over the world. We love this place, and we aim to provide a truly memorable experience of both our hostel and our surrounding area.

The Area

Located in the Panamanian jungle in La Fortuna Forest Reserve, Roots Hostel area is home for thousands of species. Watch monkeys, birds, lizards, rare flowers and ancestral trees, and maybe if you are lucky, perhaps you will be able to see quetzals or jaguar footprints.

Rivers, canyons, waterfalls and lagoons are some of the adventures that the Panama jungle offers you. Here you will also be able to buy all types of food that are locally raised and grown.


Baru expedition

Lost waterfall

Volcanic canyon

Horseback riding

Relax ~ Reflect 

~ Rejuvenate


Look up to the sky, feel nature’s embrace, listen to the breath of the earth and re-connect to your deeper self by practicing yoga outdoors.


Let your mind and body come into a deep stillness and peace while cultivating mindfulness and the inner art of meditation.

The Hostel

We offer accommodation made of wood and bamboo from the local area which allows you to have an authentic contact with nature, surrounded with breathtaking views and a perfect area for adventures or relaxation.

Our friendly staff are made up of fellow world travellers who are always willing to help out in any way possible. Upon your arrival they can help you choose any kind of adventure activities in and around Chiriqui and help you plan out and enjoy your stay in the best way.


“Very cozy place in familiar atmosphere”

This hostel has an amazing location with a stunning view of the mountains and the valley. The owner is a really nice lady that helps you out with everything and has very good tips for hikes in that area (if you are able to speak spanish though, otherwise there is a really nice young man around who is fluent in english). The rooms are clean and simple and so is the bathroom. The kitchen is huge and well equipped with an amazing view and a nice balcony. Highly recommended as a cozy, calm and simple hostel in a beautiful location.

“Relax and experience Panamanian Hospitality”

I spent a month in Roots Hostel, and I almost cried when I left. I loved the nature, going to the supermarket and talk with Panamanians from the village, waking up in the middle of the mountains, have a walk to the river and the Gualaca natural pool, and watching the sunset everyday on Volcan Baru… I left with so good memories, I want to thank David Richards, the owner for doing everything he could to make us enjoy Panamanian lifestyle. Everyone was so friendly to us! Thank you so much, we’ll meet soon !!

“Awesome Place To Stay!!!”

Roots Hostel is the perfect place to feel the nature close to you… I really enjoy my stayed there, the owner is a good guy with his guests. The attention is nice, clean , the hostel have a mystic decoration that made the hostel
perfect to rest. You´ll feel the silence of the nature around the place.
The sound of the birds, also you can may many trails to jungle, waterfall, etc. There is a little supermarket to buy some foods. And the most important is ubicate beside of the main road to Bocas Del Toro, so You can take the bus easy. Go to Roots Hostel is a great to enjoy the cold weather and green nature.

“Beautiful location!”

I stayed here while the hostel was still under construction, and it was an amazing place located on the side of a mountain with a Beautifullll view! Richard is very friendly and kind, and we became friends almost instantly.

Time For New Adventures & Experiences

How To Get Here

We are located 5 min walk from the more famous and more commercial hostel, “Lost and found”.

– FROM PANAMA CITY:  take a bus to David city and once you are there you go to the terminal and take a bus to Changuinola. Ask the driver to leave you at the police control of Hornito town (around 45 minutes, $3). Walk 20 meters to Roots Hostel.
– FROM BOCAS DEL TORO: take speedboat to Almirante and then take a bus to David. Ask the driver to leave you at the police control of Hornito town (around 3 hours, $7). Walk 20 meters to Roots Hostel.
– FROM DAVID:  go to the bus terminal and take a bus to Changuinola. Ask the driver to leave you at the police control of Hornito town (around 45 minutes, $3). Walk 20 meters to Roots Hostel.

Pay Now With PayPal

Contact us


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Messenger icon
Send message via your Messenger App