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Embera Tours Panama

Panama City, 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.
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Immerse yourself in the culture of the Emberá, one of Panama's indigenous groups, during this 8-hour tour from Panama City. Interact with some members of the tribe and learn what their daily life is like in the rainforest. Ride through Lake Alajuela to the tribe's village aboard a 'piragua', a traditional canoe, passing a spectacular waterfall on the way. See some traditional dances, take a trail walk through the forest and purchase some traditional crafts as souvenirs. Upon departure, receive a traditional shamanic blessing for good travels. Lunch, national park fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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Lynette51 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Santa Barbara, California997 contributions329 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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S McW wrote a review Mar. 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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RDHiscott wrote a review Feb. 2020
Lion's Head, Canada217 contributions66 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Len F wrote a review Feb. 2020
Oregon, Wisconsin321 contributions120 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Eric F wrote a review Jan. 2020
Atlanta, Georgia45 contributions
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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