Embera Tours Panama
Embera Tours Panama
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Join with me as an authentic Embera guide I will give to you thrusful, deep information as no one,have the opportunity to learn about my culture, believe, tradition of the real Embera experience.
Panama City, Panama

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Sarah W
Wilberfoss, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had an amazing day visiting the Pura Embera community. Garceth was a wonderfully knowledgeable host. I made contact with him before our visit and email comms were great. We joined the Chief on a walk to show us what plants the community uses for medicine, we had a wonderful lunch of fried Tilapia and plantain, prepared on an open fire beside us whilst we were encouraged to ask questions about the community and how they lived. We learnt so much. The whole community was so welcoming and friendly and the children were an absolute delight. They sang and danced for us and welcomed us into a communal dance. The children were fascinated by our binoculars!! I can truly say it was one of the highlights of our visit to Panama and a day none of us will ever forget. We were the only people visiting that day so we felt a real connection with the community. Thank you so much to Garceth and the Pura community. We wish you all well for the future.
Written January 15, 2024
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Ian C
Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I was there in Panama during September with some colleagues. Because hotel entertaitment was not as we expected, we decided to book some tours out of the area. We contacted with Tamara (+507 63242898) because we heard very good feedback from her organization miviajeapanama and I've to say it was really amazing the full day we spent visiting Embera tribes , not only because the great trip organization, but also because the amazing place at Chagres river, the good meal prepared by the indigenous and the overall environtment. Thanks to Tamara and Rafa for that great moments!!
Written October 18, 2023
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Takeirra B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This company is predatorial, they’re scammers, and liars. Panama is a beautiful place with so many wonders. I just highly recommend that you do NOT book these people as your guides to see the beauty. Please book directly with the companies actually providing the excursions. They are about 70% CHEAPER. All Bill provided was a driving service. Nothing more. The l city tour is severely overpriced. You can uber to the three places he took you for $5 each and walk around. The Panamá canal, you can uber to yourself and get a free guide upon arrival. The people that have left 5 stars do not know any better. Bill was friendly but he was also very pushy and demanded that we pay a certain way. He lied to us about the options for start times with ziplining. This left a very bad taste in my mouth and I do not recommend at all.

It is incredibly disgusting that he says it’s a family business when they are tripling prices and all he is doing is providing a driving service. I do not recommend, please book directly and you will have na amazing time. The zip line was amazing, we will be going back for more tours at a much cheaper rate.

This company should be ashamed. We’re good people, we work hard for our money, so it sucks to be scammed. But it’s okay.

Biggest takeaway? BOOK DIRECTLY with the excursion hosts. He’s so well known in Panamá, obviously because he’s been scamming for a while lol. He won’t see us again.
Written September 16, 2023
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Ryan H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My daughter and I had a spectacular experience on our overnight trip to the Embera Puru village with Garceth.

We were seeking an Embera guide to add to the experience and Garceth exceeded our expectations. He is knowledgeable, patient and helped make the experience truly unforgettable.

It was such a privilege to meet the Embera, learn about their culture, see their artwork, taste their amazing food and spend the night in a traditional home.

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience - thanks Garceth!
Written July 7, 2023
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Alacrana
Eden Prairie, MN28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Garceth Cunampio is an Embera Native with an intimate knowledge of the traditions, language, and belief systems of the Embera. This trip into a remote village in the San Juan tributary of the Chagres river is the most authentic experience you could expect. I am an Antrhopologist with experience in the Americas, and I was very impressed with the authenticity of the experience.

Do not go with one of the tourist trap Embera tours. This tour with Garceth Cunampio (gcunampio@yahoo.com) is the real deal. If you are a seasoned traveler, conisder the over night option. I wish we had done it!
Our heart stayed in Embera Puru!
Written March 2, 2023
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Travelling across the Chagres River to visit with the Embera Tribal village was very unique. We were met by the tribal inhabitants who were gracious hosts. Their main tribal leader with the help of a translator explained how they live. They are happy and gracious and utilize all materials in their area to either use it for dye, making baskets, carving wood sculptures and weaving blankets to name a few. And the wood carving is amazing. They explain how they take a regular log of wood and carve a beautiful piece of art from it. You can purchase their carvings, blankets and jewelry as each family puts out their wares. They performed tribal dances and then each tribal member picked one of us to dance with them. Very uneven surface so wear sturdy shoes with lots of steps from rivers edge to main area. I recommend a visit.
Written March 17, 2020
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S McW
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I went on this excursion with Daniel as our tour guide. It was one of the best days of my life. Thinking about the amazing experience makes me misty with emotion. As an indigenous Canadian I’m in awe of the Embera’s beautiful culture, warmth and dedication to living a genuine indigenous life.
Daniel was an excellent tour guide with abounding knowledge and pride of Panama and its history. The group was small and intimate. We arrived in a canoe to music and smiling faces. The daily life and history of the Emberá people was told to us by Emberá people. They made us a beautiful lunch of fresh fish and fruit. Then we were entertained by music, dance and song. The people then showed us their amazing handicrafts. I hung the beautiful basket I bought on my wall today. Then we went for a nature walk where the plants used by these people were shown to us.
Although my temporary skin markings will disappear my memories of this wonderful day will stay with me always.
Written March 3, 2020
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RDHiscott
Lion's Head, Canada327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A boat ride on the Chagres River into the Gamboa Rainforest leads to one of the four Embera indigenous villages at the water’s edge. You are greeted by warm and friendly Embera villagers who allow you to explore their culture and customs through music and dance, short talks about the history of their village and how it functions, presentations about natural dyes from rainforest plants to colour raw materials which are then converted into brightly-coloured, beautifully-patterned clothing, dishes and other wares. A truly memorable experience!
Written February 28, 2020
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Len F
Oregon, WI326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We arrived at the viallage after a half hour ride in a dugout canoe.
We were cheerfully met by the inhabitants who were attired in loincloths (men) and wrap around skirts (women). I was a little shy about photographing the topless women, but soon found that it was totally acceptable.
Through an interpreter they explained how they lived and how they created their extraordinary handicrafts which were all on sale.
We got to eplore the village and its surrounds before a native lunch of fish and plantains served in a leaf envelope. Then some fresh fruit.
Later the men and women entertained us with native dances before infviting us to join them.
What a lovely day.
Written February 22, 2020
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Eric F
Atlanta, GA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Truly, the highlight of my trip to Panama was today’s visit to the remote Embera Paru village with our guide, Garceth.

I spent many hours reviewing the many different tours to the different Embera villages across the Chagras River region — the Drua, the Tusipono, the Parapera Paru, and more. I wanted to see a village in a way that felt as authentic and meaningful as possible. I read many mixed reviews that suggested these visits were more tourist-trap than anything else.

The Paru village (different from the Parapera Paru) is the most remote one in the Chagres region. It’s a community of around 100 members, many of which are children.

What made the visit so remarkable was our guide, Garceth. Garceth is, himself, a member of the Embera. He was raised in a small Embera village in the Darien region. His parents still live there. Garceth is a remarkable wealth of information, perspective, understanding, and wisdom. This is NOT something any non-indigenous guide could ever provide. His ability to share deep and meaningful perspectives on the culture, their values, their challenges, their rituals was personal, not simply informational. It made the experience absolutely extraordinary — and he demonstrates a level of understanding and respect that I found deeply moving.

Garceth was able to speak about the many conflicts in Columbia that has led many of the Embera to flee through the jungle into Panama. We met children in the village who just arrived — escaping the guerrillas that have massacres entire indigenous villages in Columbia.

I will say that the Embera children were the highlight of my visit. (It’s like meeting Mogli from The Jungle Book!) I prepared for this by bringing a backpack full of treats for the children (ring pops, bubbles, balls, candy sharks, play doh, and more) We played soccer; swam all together in the river; and shared delicious fresh fruit.

On the day we went (a Monday in January) my wife and I were the only 2 guests visiting. It was wonderful not to be part of a giant group; instead, to have a small and personal, intimate experience with this tribe.

Garceth is a well educated (he studied on scholarship at Oregon State) and humble man who knows the jungle better than any guide I’ve yet experienced (it helps that he worked as a ranger in the national park system in Panama for years) I would absolutely choose Garceth for any jungle adventure. And his kinship with the Embera made today’s visit memorable for a lifetime.
Written January 13, 2020
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