Embera Village Tour

Price
$140.00
* Private tour, price starting from 4 people

Overview

Enjoy a unique cultural immersive experience. Visit the indigenous community Embera Drúa, by cruising the river in a piragua until reaching the deepest point of the Chagres National Park. We will meet the 7th native tribe of Panamá surrounded by the tropical jungle and unique biodiversity. 

The river crossing is a beautiful experience, where you can appreciate the imposing jungle landscape and observe the local fauna.

Before arriving at the village, we will stop at the waterfall, Quebrada Bonita. A perfect spot to refresh yourself, have fun, swim, and relax.

After the first stop, we will arrive at the Embera Drúa Village. Receive a warm welcome from the indigenous community with traditional music on the banks of the river. Once out of the boat, you will be escorted to the center of the village where the head of the village will give you a welcome speech. At the village, you will get to intimately discover the treasures that the Embera community cherishes. You will learn their history, traditions, and interesting stories from them.

At lunchtime, a tropical and colorful feast will fulfill your taste and your stomach. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal and enjoy the beauty of it all.

Next, you will learn the wonders of the local handicrafts.

If you want to have a deeper experience, you can have the opportunity to get dressed by the locals with their traditional and colorful garments. You will also have the opportunity to make bodypainting with Kipara- a plant-based ink from the jaguar fruit, traditionally used by the Embera.

After that, let yourself be amazed by the local rhythm, songs, and dance. You will have the unique opportunity to learn the dance with locals guided by the melody from the Chimbonbón.

You will have time to connect with the locals, discover the botanical garden guided by the healer, chat with the locals, and play with the local children in the river.

At any moment you have the opportunity to buy unique and authentic handicrafts.


Highlights

  • Navigate the Chagres River in a traditional piragua
  • Swim and relax under the “Quebrada Bonita” waterfall
  • Learn about the Embera culture, its history, its traditions and its rituals
  • Learn about the different crafts and their techniques
  • Demonstration of dance and traditional music
  • Know the botanical garden and medicinal plants
  • Share time with the Emberas
  • Appreciate the biodiversity of fauna and flora

Availability
Jan-Dec
Duration
6 hours
Level
Easy
Minimum age
2 years
Capacity
2 -10

Starting from
Panama City
Starting Times

7:30 a.m.

Pick Up
At your hotel in Panama city
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Itinerary

We will pick you up at 8:00 with our vehicle. We will go to the port of Corotú, where the embera awaits us with their piragua. We will sail on the Chagres River until we reach the “Quebrada Bonita” waterfall. There we will spend 1 hour enjoying the waterfall. Depending on the rainfall and the level of the river, the walk to reach the waterfall can vary between 5-15 minutes.

Then we will take the piragua again that will take us to our main destination: the town of Embera Drua. We will stay approximately 4 hours in the village, during which we will have a welcome speech, a presentation of the Embera people and their traditions, a lunch prepared by the Embera, a traditional dance demonstration and free time to walk through the village, talk with the Embera, and if you wish you can buy traditional crafts and make ephemeral tattoos with vegetable ink. After the activities, we will take the piragua back to the port, offering you the last views of the Chagres River, as well as its flora and fauna.

  Included

  • Transport
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Visit to authentic embera village
  • Piragua ride through the Chagres river
  • Visit to the Quebrada Bonita Waterfall
  • Traditional lunch made by the Embera
  • Demonstration of dance and traditional music

Not included (but optional)

  • Purchase of handicrafts
  • Ephemeral tattoos with natural Jagua ink
  • Dress like an Embera

What To Bring On Your Adventure

  • Passport or ID
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (dryfit)
  • Swimsuit
  • Shoes that can get wet and suitable for walking on stones (flipflop not recommended)
  • Waterproof bags, for camera and cell phone
  • Cap or hat
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Some cash
  • Water and snacks

General Information

Panama is a modern and dynamic city. There are more than 180 buildings that exceed the height of 100 meters. The old town, known as Casco Viejo, is located along the coast and in front of the city. It is a charming place, where the architecture of Spanish and European influence is very present. It is the perfect place to stroll during the day, take pictures and wander the streets. It is a place full of life where you can find a wide variety of restaurants, terraces, bars and nightclubs.

It is impossible to talk about Panama without mentioning the canal, the interoceanic route that joins two oceans, which you can also visit.

Starting from Panama City, you can experience all kinds of adventures. We offer unique experiences for all tastes: cultural immersion, mountain walks, visits to the Caribbean coast and unforgettable experiences in the waterfalls.

Important Information

Physical condition 

The activities we offer require a certain physical condition. For each tour there is a difficulty scale as a guide. People with particular physical and health conditions must indicate it, it’s important that our guides are aware and prepared if one of the participants has a particular physical or health condition.

Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Food Allergy

Some of our tours include lunch, please let us know in advance if any of the participants have a specific diet or if they have any type of food allergy. It is important to keep in mind that the meals we offer are prepared by locals and that depending on the destinations, the options of ingredients may be limited.

Responsibility

Our guides are professionals who know the risks and dangers of each tour or place we visit. It is important that you follow their instructions. We are not responsible for the damage or accident caused by not respecting the instructions and recommendations of our guides.

Drugs and illicit substances

For your safety and the safety of our work team, illicit substances or drugs should not be carried, because on certain tours we will pass through a customs and/or control post. If you put the integrity and security of the tour at risk, you must be held responsible for the damage caused.

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