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Address: Rio Gatun, Panama
Phone Number: +507 6882-1602
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Ella Drua is an indigenous community of about 120 residents of the Embera...

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.

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Great experience -don't miss it, it may not be around for long

Arrived by boat to be met by the Embera indigenous people welcoming party - with the men playing home made instruments and the women standing at the top of the hill with the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived by boat to be met by the Embera indigenous people welcoming party - with the men playing home made instruments and the women standing at the top of the hill with the children looking on by the 'big hut'. We then all went to the 'big hut' where the leader told us about his people and how the manmade... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

This is one of the most unique and eye-opening excursions we have taken. We had done a lot of research before we traveled. We took school supplies (crayons, pencils, pens, glue-sticks etc.) Beginning with the canoe ride and including the meal and dancing; this is a must!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2015

We toured the Embera indigenous village in Panama as part of our our Collette Vacations tour of Panama. We began by boarding dugout canoes for a short trip across the Chagres River to the village. Once there we were entertained by the villagers, given information about them and their lifestyle and fed a lovely lunch. We also had the opportunity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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