Embera Village Tours & More

Embera Village Tours & More

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8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM
About
We invite you to step back in time with us on a tour to visit the Embera tribe who still live in traditional villages deep in the rainforest of Panama. The Embera people are proud to share their culture and traditions with visitors. Spending time on a day or overnight tour with the friendly Embera people will touch your heart and is an experience you will never forget. Our founder, Anne Gordon de Barrigon, is married to an Embera man and began these tours to share the beauty of her Embera family and friends with others. Note: this page is for the tours offered by Anne Gordon de Barrigon's tour company, Embera Village Tours and not for other tour operators who also offer tours to visit other Embera villages throughout Panama.
Panama City, Panama

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Tours and Tickets by Embera Village Tours & More
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Jamal G
2 contributions
Aug. 2022
Ceasar was a excellent driver and tour guide. meeting the ppl seeing the village and dance was awesome....lets not forget the waterfall
Written August 10, 2022
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,368 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
I love roughing it, getting out into the back country and visiting indigenous peoples in their native habitat. I've done it in other parts of Central and South America. Down rivers in a canoe or motorized skiff. Eating the native food. Learning of their customs. This edifying tour gave me all of that.
Written May 20, 2021
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Richard M
Phoenix, AZ427 contributions
Mar. 2021
This is one of the best tours I ever took. The Embera have balanced living in a manner they lived for hundreds of years with the modern world, and love explaining the history with you.

The tour picked us up, we drove for about an hour to Puerto de Corotu, on the Upper Chagres River. This is not really a port. It is a small dock for dugout canoes with outboards on a muddy riverbank. Our first stop was the cascade.

The walk to the waterfall is an adventure in itself in the dry season (when we were there). Our guide was super, but he had to hold my wife’s hand most of the time to keep her balance on the slippery rocks and through the creek bed. The walk takes most people about half an hour. It took us 45 minutes each way. It is worth the time. The water temperature is comfortable, and a dip in the pool below the falls is welcome after the walk.

Then on to the village, which many visitors described. I will not add to it except to say if you only like fine dining, fine art museums, and “creature comforts,” you will not like this tour. If you like learning the history of cultures, how they actually live, and experiencing a taste of it, then this is a tour you should not miss.
Written March 15, 2021
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,331 contributions
Mar. 2020
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river
Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village.
Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time.
Lovely visit to a sort of living museum.
Embera live sort of like they always did.
Very good visit and a lovely thing to do
Great fun
Written April 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,331 contributions
Mar. 2020
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river
Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village.
Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time.
Lovely visit to a sort of living museum.
Embera live sort of like they always did.
Very good visit and a lovely thing to do
Great fun
Written April 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Mar. 2020
In fact, the trip consists of three parts: 1. The Indians meet you on long pies and swim along the river to their village. 2. Arriving in their village, you will get acquainted with the patriarchal way of life and watch a small dance show. 3. Then you will have a water trip up the stream ... if we knew about this beforehand ... at the end of the trip you will find a waterfall with a small lagoon where you can swim.
Written March 13, 2020
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EndlessSummerCaptain
Southport, NC509 contributions
Feb. 2020
Natives are friendly and make great hosts! Lunch was terrific -- fresh and cooked very well. Hike around the perimeter of the village was most informative. Their ingenuity was tremendous. Trips to and from the village were on small, narrow, hand built/formed boats -- exciting. Trinkets are very nice and affordable.
Written March 11, 2020
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IevaLei
Riga, Latvia29 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
After short ride in wooden canoe we arrived in waterfall for short brake and then moved to one of Embera Village comunities. There we could see how they live, how looks their chief and what rules they have. After that we had tasty lunch and could enjoy dancing and singing by Embera people. It was lovely experience and I would recommend the tour to anyone. Our tour was provided by Safe Transportation Panama and the gide Cesar made it enjoyable. He told us lots of information about Panama Canal and gave the full picture how it works. 😊
Written March 5, 2020
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EndlessSummerCaptain
Southport, NC509 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Jorge met us an route before we boarded dugout canoes (stay low and hold on to the Gonzales). First and second passengers should have water protection from the spray.

Met by a band on arrival. Everyone was friendly and seemed pleased to see us. They loved Jorge.

Introduction and culture discussion was pleasant and informative. Hike around the village perimeter was enjoyable and learned about botanical cures.

Lunch was delicious...best tilapia I ever had. Kids were the cutest.

Definitely recommend it but can't really recommend a tour company.
Written February 26, 2020
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Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the the village with the Embera. We encourage you to tell your friends about the tour. I'm not sure why you say you can't recommend a tour company. If you encountered something unpleasant because of us, Embera Village Tours, we would be interested in hearing about it. Please contact us at tours@emberavillagetours.com.
Written February 27, 2020
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Kiera G
3 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
We had a fantastic day - our host, Javier, was knowledgeable, very friendly and clearly passionate about his country. The Embera people themselves were beautiful and incredibly welcoming. The food was tasty, the mini-hike was fun and informative, and the markets were colourful and very reasonably priced.
Written February 24, 2020
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Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion of our tour. We really appreciate your input. Please be sure to tell your friends about us.
Written February 25, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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