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Embera Village Tours & More
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$175.00*
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Private Emberá Village Day Tour
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$120.00*
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Embera Village Day Tour
Ranked #12 of 163 Tours in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 10, 2012

myself,my wife and 21 yr old son spent a great week in Panama in February.We stayed in a apartment right in casca veijo to experiance local living.We didn't want your typical vacation or big group tours.Katia was recommended by some locals and the canal tour along with a trip to fort San Lorenzo was better than could be expected.Katia takes you door to door,Is very informative and works hard to make your trip very enjoyable and memorable.HIGH PRAISE for Katia and Kats tours.Wish we could have stayed longer.I think our 21 yr old son liked it more than anyone and now has the travel bug.Thanx Kat. Carl,Sue and Cameron from Connecticut!!!

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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Wow-we've done many adventurous things in our lives and visiting the Embera Indians ranks as one of the most amazing and touching experiences ever. It is like visiting something straight out of Natl. Geographic.

We were picked up at our hotel by Anne Gordon and driven for about an hour through the Gamboa and Sobernia parks while she delivered great info about Panama and the Embera Indians. Then we traveled up a small river in a (motorized) dugout canoe with 2 Embera for maybe another 45 minutes. We then spent about a half day in the Indian village where we witnessed their simple, harmonious lives. They sang, played, fed us a great meal, and led us on a medicinal plant tour. But mostly they touched us with the awareness of what is really important in life-family, community, and spirit. They live as they have for many hundreds of years but their simple way of life holds immense value, I believe.

We were astonished by the qualtiy of the workmanship in the beautiful crafts they sell(which provides much of their income). We bought and spent more than we expected to but we are grateful to be able to support their way of life which I believe offers lessons to our modern world.

I recommend Anne's tours because she is passionate about what she does. She takes you to the farthest village which are the least touched by modern society. This village is her husband's family. This is a must do experience.

2  Thank Jon O
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

While most of our cruise passengers went off to see the locks, we were treated to a special day with the Embera Indians with Anne Gordon. Anne met us as planned and we had about a one-hour van ride to where the canoe was waiting for us. We rode the motorized dugout canoe (Note: you WILL get wet. Front of the canoe is the wettest) and made a stop at a waterfall. There was a 5 minute hike to get to the falls which could be challenging for some people. After a brief dip in the falls it was off to the village. The village Anne usually takes groups to had a large group there already so we stopped at another village. The Chief welcomed us and the locals showed us some dances as well as talked about their way of life. There’s an opportunity to buy some crafts that each family displays. The monies from these go directly back to that family. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how the Embera live and I’d recommend this tour if you want to experience something out of the ordinary.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Prior to going on the Embera village visit we were concerned that we (tourists) would be exploiting a native people or that the villagers would simply be exploiting us (for $). As it turns out the experience was neither. The villagers seemed happy to see us and genuinely interested in teaching us about their culture, lifestyle, etc. It was not a 'dog and pony' show type experience. Instead it was a learning, educational visit.

Anne Gordon does a great tour. She pretty much let the villagers explain, demonstrate, answer questions, etc. She will clarify and translate as necessary but its the villagers who are participating.

We had a group of 6 but 2 of the people were stuck in Seattle due to snow and missed the village tour. Anne made arrangements for them to come to the village the following day, which worked out great.

The baskets, carvings, other crafts offered by the villagers were outstanding. It was fun to select crafts to purchase and talk to the villager who made it. You can save a fair amount of $ when you purchase in the village. Plus the money goes directly to the artist.

I highly recommend the Embera Village with Anne Gordon.

2  Thank MNBadger
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Do you want an experience that feels like you are in the midst of a National Geographic photo spread? Then go with Ann Gordon to visit an Embera village in Panama. A totally delightful experience, best done with a small group. A full day experience. Lunch is included.

1  Thank 1950Jam2012
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