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Ella Drua Embera Tour

Rio Gatun, Panama
+507-6882-1602
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Owner description: Ella Drua is an indigenous community of about 120 residents of the Embera and Wounaan ethnicities. Although it is very easy to access (only an hour's... more » Owner description: Ella Drua is an indigenous community of about 120 residents of the Embera and Wounaan ethnicities. Although it is very easy to access (only an hour's drive from Panama City, and a scenic five minute canoe ride from the freeway), it is tucked away in jungly hills and feels like a different world.We offer three-hour tours that include presentations on our culture and history, traditional music and dancing, artisan work, lunch, and a nature walk to a nearby waterfall during which you can learn all about the enormously diverse plants we use day to day. We also host visitors overnight, offer guided tours into the jungle, fishing expeditions on the river, and more!Ella Drua has been open to small groups of visitors for years now. Eco-tourism, complemented by fishing and agriculture, is our community's principal source of income. « less
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Chicago, IL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This village is only accessible by boat up the Chagres River, but it was well worth the trip. They prepared a delicious lunch of fried fish and to stones, which we supplemented with fruit that we had purchased that morning from a local Gamboa market and brought along to share with the community. We enjoyed their ritual dance presentation, as... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We so appreciate the willingness of the Ella Drua community to share their village and show us a part of the world that we had never seen. These people were so friendly and welcoming to our family of six from the US. They even made us a vegetarian meal which my kids gobbled up. They gave us a huge bag... More

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was one of the best experiences of my life. Coming from Philadelphia, this was a beautiful getaway and met some wonderful people along the way. The tribe was so friendly and welcoming and I cannot wait to go back!

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Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The village was full of the nicest people i have ever met. Even though there was a slight language barrier we still laughed and had an amazing time. I will visit again

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I have lived in Panama for nearly two years, and been fortunate enough to get to know a number of the indigenous groups who call the Isthmus home. The Embera-Wounaan are widely known as a warm and welcoming people, with a rich history and an aesthetically beautiful culture. The community of Ella Drua supports this conception wonderfully! The tour was... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

It is a great up close & very personal look into their life. The small size of our group (4) made it a very special day. We all valued our visit. Thank you for the opportunity we had to spend an afternoon with you.

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findlay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to go again. The visit was informative and the people were so nice. We loved the dancing and the lunch. It was fun to see the lovely crafts the people make and we were delighted to be able to purchase some things both for our enjoyment and to help their community.

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Volendam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

We traveled to the Embera village through the jungle by boot and more than 20 embera people were waiting for us and I felt very welcome. They gave very good explanation about their way of life. And they sang and danced for us and I enjoyed the food that they have made for us. I am happy Andre

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

This is the closest Embera community to the Transismica and autopitsta between Panama City and Colon, so if you're looking for convenience, this is the tour for you! Despite its proximity to the cities, you still feel worlds away when you're in the community. The tour begins with a lovely boat ride down Rio Gatun. You're then greeted by the... More

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Aalst, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

Try to keep and hold quality for your community, do not surge for mass tourism. Try to use modern technologie as you do now, but try to stay traditional also in every day life. Colon city, is pushing too much on business and is a treat for your community I think. Many people in Colon city are losing their traditions... More

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