travel hungry

Join Panza: the mobile app that connects you to local families and the most authentic meal you've ever had.

backpackers welcome

We envision a world where the divide between travelers and locals is erased, where the best part of your trip is the food you tried and the people you met. 

the dream Team

One volunteer from the U.S. 
Two Costa Rican software developers. 
A sustainable, inclusive team for a sustainable, inclusive solution.

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It's like if Couchsurfing and Airbnb had a food baby.

What makes us different?

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Our Story

Our founder was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. When she walked down the street in her community, someone would always invite her in for coffee or send her off with fresh tortillas. 

Hearing tourists complain about overpriced, crowded restaurants just didn't make sense. So, she had an idea for everyone to have the same fun, delicious, and human experience when visiting a new country. 

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Our idea

Panza is a mobile app that connects local families to curious, hungry travelers. We want travelers to eat real, traditional food and meet kind, accepting locals. 

Tight on time? No problem. Just need a caffeine fix? No problem. All of our families are verified and our security features are designed to keep everyone safe. So go ahead, book a meal with a local family.

Work with us

Do you want to change the way people travel? Be one of our ambassadors and help us get the word out.

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We will be presenting our app on August 10th at Demo Day for Georgia Tech's CREATE-X Startup Accelerator

Catch our founder giving a talk with TEDxPuraVida this August

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