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Address: Carretera Madden, Colon, Panama
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Located on the eastern side of the Panama Canal, this 300,000-acre park...

Located on the eastern side of the Panama Canal, this 300,000-acre park features the Chagres River and Lake Alajuela, which are popular spots for camping, rafting, fishing and other water sports.

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Embera Indigenous Village! Highly recommended!

Do not miss the chance! Visited Embera village from a cruise ship! Great chance to see a real village with real people. Very friendly and welcoming. Share part of their life... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
wayne m
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Greensboro, North Carolina

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss the chance! Visited Embera village from a cruise ship! Great chance to see a real village with real people. Very friendly and welcoming. Share part of their life. Did have an opportunity to get temporary tattoos and buy some of their local baskets. They supplement their income. Very gentle, friendly people.

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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Broadway like production, very slick and entertaining. The Cheif spoke Spanish, English, his dialect and French, but while on display he had an interpreter for us (the audience). The children go into town or abroad for college, but often return to live on the reservation. They are proud of their culture and are working to preserve it through tourism.

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Saint John, Canada
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get into a real dugout canoe with a motor and head up river. The Embera people are a good looking bunch and very talented with basket weaving and wood carving. The food is liked by most and I loved the salty plantain type things they offered us. The river is very scenic and you can get lots of photo's.... More 

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Thank Murray D
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93 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We took this excursion during our recent cruise to the Panama Canal. It was an amazing experience to learn about their way of life and the history of these people. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Panama!

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Thank Katykate4
Panama City, Panama
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59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I elected to book this trip through Ann Gordon of Embers village tours. We were picked up from our hotel in Balboa and driven to the embarkation point on the river Charges within the Charges National park. Very nice trip in a dugout canoe to the entrance of the Embers village. We were greeted by the Embers... More 

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1 Thank MalagaBill77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Traversed the Gatun lake in a dug out canoe with no signs of modern life. An area of outstanding beauty with loads of wildlife

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Trrinity
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Train built in 1930's. The only scenery is the huts that people live in with no power or plumbing. I thought that Belize was terrible but this place is worse.

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1 Thank Hyman S
Irvine, California USA
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Our visit to Chagres National Park was part of a tour by My Friend Mario/Almiza Tours (which I recommend). The tour company met us at the cruise ship terminal in Colon and we drove in a small bus to where we were met by Embara Indians with a motorized dugout canoes. It is a beautiful trip through the man made... More 

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Belleville, Illinois
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I had a cruise excursion to visit Embera Indian village during Panama Canal cruise. Embera Indian migrated to Chagres National Park area and lives in the park. Their life style has changed some since the national park limited their change to hunt animals. They fish in river from dugout canoes. They do wonderful crafts from wood carving by men to... More 

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13 Thank Jenny201110
Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were visiting the area by cruise ship and had been given the gift of this tour to visit the National Park where this group of natives live in the style of their ancestors. Their housing is raised thatched huts and the village experience was probably the best experience of our 11 day cruise. We did have a bit of... More 

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