I came across Garceth Cunampio Tocamo of Embera Tours Panama on cruise critic before coming to Panama. He met my friend and I at our center city hotel, and we used our rental car (cheaper) to get to the embarkation point, where we took a 1.5 hour motorized canoe ride to the Village. The Embera Village is very remote, and the journey up was very enjoyable. In the car, Garceth told us his story from childhood to where he is today. In the Village he translated and gave us tips for our enjoyment. We went for a walk with the medicine man, ate fish and fruits, listened to a talk from the chief, bought a few items, and went for a swim in the river-- very clean with a decent current near the village. You just need to stay a little closer to shore. This day really made our Panama trip, as the city is expansive and overwhelming and chaotic. One shouldn't drive in the city, as there are few street signs. Thanks Garceth. You would be wise to contact him a few weeks prior to your visit here.
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