I have been traveling Central America for the past 5 months and yesterday, just before the end of my trip, I had the most amazing tour with www.emberatourspanama.com. The owner and guide is Garceth Cunampio and he is extremely knowledgeable and personable, being an Embera himself. The trip started at 7:30am, a drive of just over an hour to arrive at the river where you board a long dugout canoe. Because of the low water level, the trip up the river to the village took almost 2 hours, but the bird life enroute was great. Arriving at the village we were greeted by the village men playing music for us. We proceeded to have a tour and walk with the old medicine man, who explained the different plants and their use. Then we had a delicious lunch served by the women, followed by an interesting talk by the village chief about the Embera culture. Then there was time to visit the school, shop for handicrafts (which were exceptional, I didn't take enough money) and time for a swim in the clear river if you desired. The cultural experience was fantastic, the villagers were very friendly and I can totally recommend going with Garceth to see the Embera people. You will not be disappointed.
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