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Embera Village Day Tour

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Panama City, Panama
Embera Village Day Tour

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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Immerse yourself in the culture of the Emberá, one of Panama's indigenous groups, during this 8-hour tour from Panama City. Interact with some members of the tribe and learn what their daily life is like in the rainforest. Ride through Lake Alajuela to the tribe's village aboard a 'piragua', a traditional canoe, passing a spectacular waterfall on the way. See some traditional dances, take a trail walk through the forest and purchase some traditional crafts as souvenirs. Upon departure, receive a traditional shamanic blessing for good travels. Lunch, national park fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Explore a native Emberá village in the Panamanian rainforest
  • Ride in a traditional canoe through Lake Alajuela
  • Mingle with the villagers and learn what their daily life is like
  • See traditional dances and get the opportunity to purchase native crafts as souvenirs
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8:00 AM
We pick up at hotels and ports within Panama City, Gamboa, Colon2000 or Homeport in Colon. Playa Bonita pick up has a surcharge.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of people per booking is required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Embera Village Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Good tour to learn the culture
, Feb 2022
Daniel is a great guide! The tour is bit pricing but may worth it to learn the history and culture. Be aware the boat could be slippery when it's wet.
Fabulous Day!
, Jan 2020
Excellent opportunity to meet indigenous people of Panama! Danial, our guide, was very informative, well spoken in English, and an all-around nice guy! We were picked up promptly, drove to the river, and partook in a adventurous dugout canoe trip to the village. We felt like we were in a movie! The scenery is pristine, the people friendly, happy and knowledgeable. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet, no mosquitoes for us, and request Danial!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
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Our best experience in Panama. It was...
George R
, Jan 2018
Our best experience in Panama. It was absolutely amazing! Highly highly recommend.
This was a tremendous experience. I...
Richard D
, Jan 2018
This was a tremendous experience. I was wary because it could have been a cheesy show and tell that denigrated the Embera tribe. But it was actually a well balanced and meaningful experience. It was incredibly muddy due to a late rainy season, but the Embera people were welcoming, friendly and eager to share their culture with us in an honest and non-touristy way. To be clear, there is the opportunity to buy crafts, but most of the time was taken with a long and informative introduction by a member, touring the small village with excellent commentary by a village elder, witnessing and participating in some native dance, eating lunch and asking lots of questions. We wished we had done the overnight version of the trip in the dry season.
Super Tag
, Mar 2019
Trotz Befürchtungen es handelt sich nur um eine touristische Beschau - war der Tag sehr interessant und die Embaras sehr nett und aufgeschlossen. Der Tag hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt - jederzeit wieder.
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