Embera Tours Panama
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Panama City, Panama

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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,178 contributions
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
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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, Canada320 contributions
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
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, GA45 contributions
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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healthly
Panama City, Panama56 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Last month I visited Panama, via the generosity of my sister. She organised the holiday to Costa Rica and Panama via Andrew at Viva Tours.

We stayed in Panama City in the Hard Rock Hotel, which was amazing. There was a lot to see and do, as we were located in the heart of the city next to the mall. The hotel, itself had a pool, several bars, Hardrock shop, restaurants and casino.

Prior to our arrival in Panama my sister booked a tour via Viva Tours to visit the Embera people, one of the indigenous people in Panama. It was fascinating to meet the community and gain some insight to how they live or their culture, a little about their history, see some of their dances, taste their organic food, travel along the Chagres river and meet their baby resident spider monkey Princess! There was also ample opportunity to purchase some artifacts or jewellery and also bath in the river and waterfall. Note of caution, however, the trek to the waterfall and river is slightly challenging. The walk one way takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes via water, mud, across stones and slight altitudes. I would highly recommend proper hiking boots or sturdy and slip free shoes and possibly a large stick. It is possible to do the tour without the advised impliments, but it is a challenge and at times daunting. Anyone doing this tour must be prepared to walk, get wet (thigh to waist length, possibly), get muddy and sweat. In the end, however, it is worth it for the spectacular views and to spend time with the Embera people.
Written July 3, 2019
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Lana Joel T
New Smyrna Beach, FL11 contributions
Mar. 2019
Went as an excursion from our cruise ship. The city of Colon was a pure S******e! However the ride to the lake where the canoe ride across lake to Embera tribe was ok. Once out of Colon. The canoe ride itself was great with incredible scenery. The Embera were very friendly and provided an awesome tasty meal. Highly recommend tour!
Written June 11, 2019
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Jorge Montero
San Jose, Costa Rica388 contributions
May 2019
Visiting this community was an unforgettable experience for me. You will get to know a community that you won’t understand how are they communities like this still. You will be very well received by this lovely community since they depend 100% on tourism to live and therefore they are very grateful with all they’re visitors and you as a visitor will understand how material things are not that important and what should be more valued in life... it’s a very educational and full filling visit... I strongly recommend it!
Written May 14, 2019
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midway42
Georgia3,014 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Solo
The Embera are an early group of people who trace their lineage back centuries to what is now the Darien Province of eastern Panama and the contiguous area of Columbia. Currently numbering about 30,000 in the former and 50,000 in the latter, historically they shared space with escaped slaves while continuing to embrace a distinct social organization with a unique language and culture. Small numbers gradually broke off from the Darien province and traveled west in search of a better quality of life for their families. One of these groups settled in Chagres National Park and currently makes their entire living from tourism. I visited with a guide through Tours By Locals on a Thursday.

The trip started somewhat incongruously in Casco Viejo where I was picked up by my guide in a Toyota 4x4 and we traveled about an hour into the park, where we were brought directly to the village in a dugout canoe. Musical greetings followed after disembarking, and we were brought to a small hut where the tribal chief gave a lecture on the history of the group. This was followed by a very frank question-and-answer session and then by another lecture on how the Embera make their handicrafts. The lunch being prepared in full view throughout this time was then served, with fried plantains and fish going down easily with fresh fruit. A tour of the village and a butterfly enclosure followed, with a scheduled trip to the waterfall cut short due to lack of, well, water (pun intended). The day finished with a musical performance and interactive dance along with an opportunity to purchase some very well-made handcrafts. Total time on site was about three hours with door-to-door transit just under six.

In summary, this was an enjoyable experience for several reasons. First, it was the only human interaction with pre-colonial Panama I had during my week in the country; the experience was the first point on the continuum of the Spanish colonial/Panama Canal history. Second, it showed me how groups such as the Embera survive in a modern world. The mixture of “ancient” and “modern” was one that I found fascinating and showed how it is almost impossible for any group these days to survive in complete isolation. Lastly, on a practical level the souvenirs were about a third of the cost of those on the streets in Panama City.

A highly enjoyable experience overall and definitely recommended.
Written May 13, 2019
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wayfairers
Navarre, FL54 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
A great day - the ride in the dugout canoe, a hike/swim to a waterfall, lunch with the Embera Indians and learning about their culture were all incredible. Take some money as they sell interesting masks Our guide was Miguel Herrera with Tours by Locals and we were very happy with him as a guide and with the tour.
Written April 5, 2019
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