Get a glimpse into the lives of Embera Indian tribe. Travel in traditional dugout canoes up the Rio Chagres. Swim under a waterfall in the midst of the rainforest. Meet the chief of an Embera Indian Village and enjoy a lunch of fish and plantains.
What to Expect
On this guided tour of an Embera Indian Village, get a glimpse into the lives of people most tourists of Panama City will never experience.
You will begin your day with complimentary pick-up at your Panama City hotel. Your bilingual guide will outline the day to you as you travel north towards Lake Alajuela. Upon arrival you will step aboard traditional dugout canoes, which will carry you up the Rio Chagres. As you travel up the river you will take in the fascinating sights of the dense jungle that surrounds you.
Upriver, you will disembark and enjoy a short hike to a beautiful waterfall in the midst of the rainforest. Miles away from civilization, take in this breathtaking tropical paradise. Here you are encouraged to take a swim in the refreshing waters just beneath the waterfall.
After your dip, you will be taken to visit the village of the Embera Indians. The Embera Indians are one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The welcoming people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you a glimpse into the traditional lives they still lead today. You will also be visited by the village chief, who will be happy to provide you a brief explanation on the history of the tribe, its traditions, culture, beliefs and way of life.
A traditional lunch of fish and plantains will be prepared for your enjoyment by the Embera women. In the afternoon you will be treated to a traditional dance and have the opportunity to purchase some of the tribe’s handicrafts. The sale of these local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the village’s children. If you are feeling particularly daring, one of the villagers will be happy to paint a temporary Embera tattoo on your arm or leg.
Authentic and socially conscious, this tour is a must-do for any travelers looking to explore the road-less-travelled in Panama.
- Panama City hotel pick-up and drop-off
- National Park entrance fees
- Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
Know Before You Go
• Guides who speak German, French and Italian available upon request
• Wear solid walking shoes and comfortable clothing
• Do not forget to bring your bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and camera
• Tour may be muddy in some parts