The cost of camping is included in the ticket price. The camping areas are surrounded by exotic fruit trees, several types of palms and cane with ample shade. Campsites are not assigned, so please set up in a space that works for you, while being respectful to those you are choosing to set up next to.
We have tents, mattresses and bedding for hire, otherwise bring your own and all the bedding and equipment you need to have a comfortable camping experience. Its not cold at night, but a sheet or light weight sleeping bag is recommended. There is a strict no fire policy. We have a designated fire in the Global Village. These restrictions are for the safety of everyone, so please respect them. We want everyone at Tribal Gathering to feel safe in their campsites, day and night, for themselves and their children. The camping areas are only partially lit, so bring a flash light.
Clean drinking water is provided at the water station, along with washing facilities, eco-composting toilets and showers (these are basic, but a real delight after days of dancing and playing in nature). Please, use only bio-degradable soap and detergent.
You will need cooking equipment if you are intending to cook anything. There is no communal kitchen available for use although often we find people cooking their meals together at the Fire in Global Village.
Please, dont bring bags full of supermarket items to the jungle. They produce an incredible amount of trash and by doing so you support the wealthy families of Panama instead of supporting the tribes, locals, like-minded vendors and tribal gathering team who make this extraordinary event possible. If you need to buy cooking ingredients use the veggie and convenience store onsite, please.
Bug repellent spray or cream could be handy but they will also be available for sale on site. Keep out of the bushes and overgrown areas to avoid crossing paths with snakes, tarantulas or scorpions. Its a jungle out there! There will be paramedics and ambulance onsite in case of any emergency
There is a market area with organic and locally-sourced food, refreshments, soap, toilet paper and other essential knickknacks.
There are also several cafes, bars with juice and alcohol and a restaurant in Tribal Gathering. There is a composting area for biodegradables and recycling bins placed all over the venue. Please, use them!!
Keep the venue clean and respect the beautiful nature around you.
Please do not bring outside food items, beverages, alcohol, glass, weapons, trash or pets.
We have available single or double occupancy dome tents and air mattresses. Come to claim yours at the info desk and go find your favorite spot to camp within the festival grounds.
To secure availability, you can book online clicking on the link below. If still available, you might be able get them at the event, first come first serve basis.
Now, we also offer the possibility for you to book the most comfortable accommodation onsite: our Lotus Belle Tents!!
These beautiful tear-drop shaped canvas tents are 13 ft diameter and 6.6 ft tall in the center. They feature latex mattresses, bedding, option for 2 singles or 1 queen size bed, electricity, fan, lamp, rug, cushion and lockable wooden trunk to store your valuables.
Prices are the same for single or double occupancy, and you can choose to book it for the whole event or separately for either the Indigenous Immersive or the Dance Celebration.
Glam Camp is situated in a secured area with its own showers, toilets and washing facilities.
Availability is very limited! Act soon so you dont miss your chance to enjoy the next level on festival dwelling!
TRAVELING TO PANAMA: There are three international airports in Panama but the biggest and closest to Tribal Gathering is Tocumen International Airport (PTY). It's approximately 2.5 hours to Tribal Gathering from the airport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: For Europe and much of the Americas you will receive a stamp in your passport on arrival. This allows you to stay up to six months in Panama though you are limited to driving for three months. You can check Visa HQ for more information on you countries requirements.
|AIRLINES||TYPE||FLIGHTS TO PANAMA FROM||WEBSITE|
|AirPanama||Domestic / International||Costa Rica||www.flyairpanama.com|
|Copa Airlines||Domestic / International||North, Central, South America and the Caribbean||www.copaair.com|
|AirPanama||Domestic / International||Costa Rica||www.flyairpanama.com|
|Taca||International||Central and South America||www.taca.com|
|United||International||Houston, Newark, Denver||www.united.com|
|American Airlines||International||Miami, Dallas||www.aa.com|
|Air Canada||International||Toronto, Pearson||www.aircanada.com|
|Air Transat||International||Toronto, Montreal and Calgary||www.airtransat.com|
|Condor Airlines||International||Frankfurt and Santo Domingo||www.condor.com|
|Dutch Antilles Express||International||Curaçao||flydae.com|
|Cayman Airlines||International||Grand Cayman||www.caymanairways.com|
|Avianca||International||Bogotá, San José, San Salvador||www.avianca.com|
Getting to Albrook Bus Terminal?
From Tocumen International Airport (PTY) a taxi cost $30, and 5$ more for each extra person. Make sure to agree the price with the driver before you jump in. Alternatively, you can walk to the bus stop outside the terminal a few hundred meters away and take a public bus for $0.25.
From the city center a taxi should be around $3, although taxi drivers will ask for more if in rush hours (or will simply refuse to take you there). Also many bus routes go to the Bus Terminal ($0.25). Another great alternative for traveling from Airport to the bus terminal, or around the city, for similar or better prices than the taxis is Uber.
From Panama city to Sabanitas
Take the public bus to Colon from Albrook Bus Terminal and hop off at the Sabanitas bus stop, next to the REY supermarket.
You have 2 options of buses:
Diablos Rojos: The colorful traditional buses of Panama. They start at 3:30 am and they run every 30 min.
Express Buses: Faster, more comfortable and with A/C. They start at 4:50 am and they run hourly.
From Sabanitas to Tribal Gathering
In Sabanitas bus stop you need to wait for the bus for Costa Arriba - Nombre de Dios - Palmira (which comes from Colon). It will take a few hours as the bus stops a lot. Not all the buses go all the way to Palmira and the festival so please ask the driver to make sure. Some end their service in Cuango and there are no taxis there. Currently only 3 buses per day serve Palmira, but we will update here time schedules and prices closer to the festival dates, as they may change over time.
We strongly advise all the travelers attending Tribal Gathering to book our official airport shuttles to avoid extended waiting times and an extremely long journey on the public bus.
The price difference is not very much and for that little bit more, you'd save lots of time and headaches, and you will be supporting GeoParadise by helping offset the huge costs of transportation involved in bringing together tribes and artists from all over the world.
Alternatively, there are other buses (Costa Arriba - Guaira) that can take you to Portobelo, which is half way to Tribal Gathering from Sabanitas, and from there you can try find a taxi to the festival site (35km). If there is a few of you, this should be affordable, although this is even more inconvenient than the regular public bus.
You can grab the bus to Costa Arriba - Nombre de Dios - Palmira directly from Colon Bus Terminal, no need to do the transfer in Sabanitas. See above the instructions to hop off.
Driving: It's fairly easy to drive to Tribal Gathering from Panama city and the airport. You first need to follow signs for Corredor Norte and Colon, this will get you out of Panama city or away from the airport. You will need to have a Panapass sticker in your card to be able to go in the highway and corredor norte and sur of panama city. Cash payments are no longer permitted. All rental cars have them, make sure you top up yours before hitting the road to avoid fines.
Once on Corredor Norte Colon highway drive for approximately 45 minutes pass the final "cash only" toll and turn to Sabanitas exit. Follow the road for several minutes till you come to a Rey supermarket. Turn right follow the road 3 km and turn right following signs to Portobelo. Stay on this road for 40 km passing through Portobelo until another right turn for Palenque, stay on this road all the way to Cuango where a right turn will take you onto the new road to Playa Chiquita/Palmira, several more km's and your there. phew! Probably better still if you get a phone chip in Panama city and use your map.