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Embera Village Tours & More

Panama City, Panama
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About Embera Village Tours & More
We invite you to step back in time with us on a tour to visit the Embera tribe who still live in traditional villages deep in the rainforest of Panama. The Embera people are proud to share their culture and traditions with visitors. Spending time on a day or overnight tour with the friendly Embera people will touch your heart and is an experience you will never forget. Our founder, Anne Gordon de Barrigon, is married to an Embera man and began these tours to share the beauty of her Embera family and friends with others. Note: this page is for the tours offered by Anne Gordon de Barrigon's tour company, Embera Village Tours and not for other tour operators who also offer tours to visit other Embera villages throughout Panama.
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Embera Village Day Tour

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.
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8 hours
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Private Emberá Village Day Tour

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.       
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8 hours
from $275.00
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Richard M wrote a review Mar 2021
361 contributions56 helpful votes
This is one of the best tours I ever took. The Embera have balanced living in a manner they lived for hundreds of years with the modern world, and love explaining the history with you. The tour picked us up, we drove for about an hour to Puerto de Corotu, on the Upper Chagres River. This is not really a port. It is a small dock for dugout canoes with outboards on a muddy riverbank. Our first stop was the cascade. The walk to the waterfall is an adventure in itself in the dry season (when we were there). Our guide was super, but he had to hold my wife’s hand most of the time to keep her balance on the slippery rocks and through the creek bed. The walk takes most people about half an hour. It took us 45 minutes each way. It is worth the time. The water temperature is comfortable, and a dip in the pool below the falls is welcome after the walk. Then on to the village, which many visitors described. I will not add to it except to say if you only like fine dining, fine art museums, and “creature comforts,” you will not like this tour. If you like learning the history of cultures, how they actually live, and experiencing a taste of it, then this is a tour you should not miss.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Andy keen wrote a review Apr 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom1,294 contributions351 helpful votes
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village. Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time. Lovely visit to a sort of living museum. Embera live sort of like they always did. Very good visit and a lovely thing to do Great fun
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Andy keen wrote a review Apr 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom1,294 contributions351 helpful votes
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village. Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time. Lovely visit to a sort of living museum. Embera live sort of like they always did. Very good visit and a lovely thing to do Great fun
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Date of experience: March 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow wrote a review Mar 2020
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions58 helpful votes
In fact, the trip consists of three parts: 1. The Indians meet you on long pies and swim along the river to their village. 2. Arriving in their village, you will get acquainted with the patriarchal way of life and watch a small dance show. 3. Then you will have a water trip up the stream ... if we knew about this beforehand ... at the end of the trip you will find a waterfall with a small lagoon where you can swim.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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EndlessSummerCaptain wrote a review Mar 2020
Southport, North Carolina497 contributions151 helpful votes
Natives are friendly and make great hosts! Lunch was terrific -- fresh and cooked very well. Hike around the perimeter of the village was most informative. Their ingenuity was tremendous. Trips to and from the village were on small, narrow, hand built/formed boats -- exciting. Trinkets are very nice and affordable.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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