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Be ready for your private Emberá village experience at the time and place specified when you were booking. Depending on what option you chose, your private group could consist of just yourself or you and family or friends. Because this is a private tour, you can expect very special attention during this 8-hour day.

Start by getting picked up at your Panama City hotel early in the morning for a 1-hour drive to Lake Alajuela. Members of the Emberá village will meet you, and load your group into their canoe for a short ride across the lake. The canoe ride will last about another 45 minutes, and you can choose to stop at a waterfall for a quick dip in the water before you go to the village.

When you reach the village, you have about 10 minutes of free time to wander. Watch a presentation, and become more familiar with the Emberá culture, its traditions, and its crafts. Grab lunch while in the village, and then decide if your group would like to take a short rainforest hike where you can learn about medicinal plants from one of the village elders.

Next up, more free time is on your schedule. You can explore the village as you walk around the area. You’ll be able to purchase gifts (own expense), get a temporary tattoo, or talk with some of the local people.  

Before you get in the canoe again to ride back down the lake, get sent off by watching traditional Emberá dances and hearing traditional Emberá music.

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Overview

Go into the home area of the Emberá, and learn more about these indigenous people of Panama during this 8-hour private tour. Experience what everyday life is like for them as you travel to their village in a canoe. Cruise down Lake Alajuela, take a short hike in the rainforest (optional), eat lunch in the village, and watch traditional dance and music performances of the Emberá.       

Highlights
  • Day-tour to the Emberá village in Panama from Panama City
  • Take a canoe ride down Lake Alajuela, and stop at a waterfall
  • Get to know more about the Emberá culture, traditions, and crafts
  • Take a hike in the rainforest with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants (optional)
  • Enjoy lunch in the village with bottled water included
  • Choose your private tour group number from 1 person, 2-4 people, or 5+ people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Reviewed March 31, 2018
Wonderful experience for families!

We hired a private guide to take us to the Embera village. The driver secured food and beverages for us before meeting us at our hotel at 9 am. From the financial district, the drive to the Chagres River was approximately 75 minutes. We were...More

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Reviewed March 10, 2018
NIce trip up the Gatun river and wonderful visit

The Embera people live in an isolated area apparently only reachable by dugout canoe. They were very welcome to us and showed us their living quarters and fed us delicious food. Although I don't usually like "native shows", the people felt open and honest. Several...More

Thank ccbarb1
Reviewed March 3, 2018
Original view of the world.

One of the most memorable moments on my visit. I went with a friend who is staying in Panama for a few months and had already visited and made friends so we went as friends to see another way a life. What a great opportunity...More

Thank Angela R
Reviewed February 27, 2018
Panama's indigenous village

We were pleasantly surprised that original inhabitants of Panama had a village of their own on an exclusive island, reachable only by boat. They gave us a warm welcome and were treated to their tribal dances and music. Had a chance to see their homes...More

Thank Premji5400
Reviewed February 22, 2018
Unique adventure...

The adventure began and ended with a dugout canoe ride on the Gatun River. Once we arrived at the Embera Quera Village, we were greeted with music and handshakes from the villagers. The cultural experience included demonstrations of their handicrafts, a hike through the forest...More

Thank chris l
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