Panama City: Embera Indigenous Village Experience

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Monkey Adventures Panama

Panama City: Embera Indigenous Village Experience

Activity provider: Monkey Adventures Panama

From US$ 149 per person

Discover the indigenous culture of the Embera, having direct contact with all of the inhabitants of the village. You'll also visit the Chagres River in a traditional canoe, with a swimming break at a natural waterfall included.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Your Panama City accommodation.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Explore an indigenous village
  • Take a traditional canoe trip on the Chagres River
  • Swim in a natural waterfall through the rainforest
  • Enjoy a lunch prepared by the Emberas
Full description
Following pickup from your hotel, you will travel to Alajuela Lake where you will board a piragua, a traditional indigenous canoe. From there you will head to the Mono Waterfall where you can swim and refresh yourself. Following that, head to Tusipono Embera, a small traditional village located on the bank of the Chagres River in the middle of the rainforest. There the Emberas will show you their traditions, including their way of dressing and how they elaborate their handcrafts. They will then perform their traditional dances and music, before you are provided with some time to interact directly with them. You'll finally enjoy a local lunch as prepared by the Embera community, before being returned to your tour starting point.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Canoe trip on the Chagres River
  • Visit to the Embera Village
  • Lunch
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Important information

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    • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
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    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    A fascinating look into another culture. The people were engaging and ready to answer the many questions from our group. It feels as if they've found the right balance between opening up to foreigners and retaining their culture. This was a must see opportunity to meet people who see the world differently, live differently and yet show that people are people. This interaction felt educational rather than touristy.

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    February 18, 2023

    Our group had 10 people all over the age of 50. We booked against our better judgment but everyone from Juan to the Embera went above and beyond to help those in our group who had mobility issues. When we arrived at the village, the Embera were absolutely wonderful. Lunch was delicious. Our village guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions graciously. Although it was risky for some in our group to attempt the trek by canoe to the waterfall, it was an adventure well worth the risk. A once in a lifetime experience.

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    February 6, 2023

    This tour was amazing! the canoe trip on the Chagres river was beautiful. The waterfall was lovely and cool! The village itself was educational and just brilliant. The people are so lovely and kind. Our tour guide, Ariel - was so knowledgeable and he was a great joy to be with!

    February 21, 2022

    Product ID: 348846