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“unforgettable learning experience for all ages”

Embera Tours Panama
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Embera Village Day Tour
Ranked #16 of 170 Tours in Panama City
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Garceth picked us up promptly at 8:00am from our hotel. He is rather short guy, and will be easily recognizable by his facial Embera tattoos. Extremely nice and knowledgeable, if he chooses to share, his story and struggles will amaze you as well. I traveled with my husband and 8 year old son. The drive in a well air-conditioned van lasted about 1.5 hours. We stopped at a convenience store to buy some drinks and ice cream, continued on a motorized canoe for an additional hour or so. The canoe ride was an experience on its own, very scenic with bird sightings, it also gave us an opportunity to see local fisherman in their tiny boats at work.
Once we arrived at the village, we were welcomed by men of the tribe playing traditional music.
It was an eye-opening experience seeing these people’s way of life. If you are traveling with children and are worried that they might find it inappropriate that women, men and kids wear only a cloth around their waist – don’t be. My son played with the children and enjoyed the visit tremendously. One of the women painted a traditional Embera tattoo on his arm, and he thought it was the coolest thing ever. It also allowed him to realize that there are places where kid’s days don’t revolve around PlayStation and TV. I highly recommend this tour and would definitely do it again when in Panama.

1  Thank jolajarek
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Our overnight stay in the Embera village of Puru was nothing less than transcendent!! We chose a tour with Garceth Cunampio, who is Embera himself and can answer any question about tribe customs. The show and meal that villagers put on for tourists was fun, but staying overnight, rustic as it was (it did include mosquito nets, thin mattress and bedding), gave me, my husband and two teen boys the chance to interact more with the residents and observe how they went about all kinds of actions in their brightly colored loincloths or sarongs. We were gracefully welcomed and the village setting is breath-taking, especially in the morning mist.

4  Thank Cathy K
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Our family of 6 (includes ages 18 thru 28) are seasoned travelers from Chicago. When planning our Panama vacation we used Tripadvisor to choose our Embera Tour and I was so impressed I knew that I wanted Garceth as our guide to the Embera Village. Garceth is Embera who is well-educated and obviously extremely knowledgeable. Who better to explain the Embera background and culture? He was excellent in our pre-trip planning, he and his very personable driver were prompt and accommodating. If you are interested in understanding different cultures, natural resources (we took a walk with the village medicine man to understand the use of plants in healing), as well as the bonus of purchasing a hand-crafted beautiful basket from the woman who created it, do not miss this tour! Can't say enough good things about Garceth! and hands down this was one of the memorable experiences for our family!

3  Thank susann888888
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

What an experience to visit the Puru Village, just approx. 2 hours from
modern Panama City. Very friendly people, who seem very happy to
live their life in the same way that their ancestors did for hundreds of years.
The excursion is very well organised and our guide Daniel was outstanding.
The Highlight of our short trip to Panama. Make sure to book through:

2  Thank Derobo
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Trip starts out with a 45 minute dugout canoe ride down a river and across Madden Lake and up some rapids to the Embera Village. It's a small village of about 125 people. The medicine Man took us for a walk outside the village and explained the use of plants in treatments of various ills.

We enjoyed a native lunch; talked with the chief about village operations. Bought some of their lovely crafts that were on display. Had a extensive time strolling through the village; talking with the village people and their children. Then enjoyed some dancing and swimming in the river. GREAT people!!

Thank Terry98027
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