While visiting Colon on a cruise ship we booked Anne Gordon's Embra Village tour independently. It has to rank in our top 3 tours of all time; it is the "real deal" and should not be confused with any tour of a "day-time" Embra Village tours offered by some tour operators and cruise lines.
Anne met us at the cruise terminal and even though we got off a bit late she delivered us back to the ship right on time and plenty of time before we sailed. She told us she had never missed a ship's departure which is very important to us that are only there for a day.
On the way to the river Anne gave us a complete background on what we were going to experience and answered every question from our small (11) group. No question was too invasive or sensitive as I think a lot of us had a certain amount of anxiety about the village visit.
I won't go into all the details of the day as others have done an excellent job but let me say that being with the Embra people was amazing. They were open, friendly and really seemed to welcome us to their village. The children were incredible - my wife was using her cane and when moving down the steps to the river a young boy (maybe 5) reached out to hold her hand and help her. He just had a big smile on his face and had no expecations other than to help. Had she slipped they both would have taken a big tumble!
On the bus ride back to Colon the talk was a lot more somber on the way up. Everyone wanted to further understand the culture, the issues and how they could help the Embra Peru village people and especially the children in some small way.
If you want an authentic experiencd visiting an Embra Village do it with Anne Gordon - she is the best!
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