I took the Embera Village tour through my cruise ship, Holland America. It was a great trip that transported us to a way of life that was very unfamiliar to me. The Embera men with their long boats that seated about ten of us met us at the river to row us to their village. They were in native dress and barefoot and several times during our ride needed to get into the water to get the boat past the low spots. When we arrived there were Embera women and music to greet us. We were entertained with dances and music and browsed around the handicrafts that they had made. As we listened to the chief (through an interpreter) explain about his village and answer our many questions, we enjoyed a bit of grilled talapia and grilled bananas served up in a sturdy leaf. It was a very informative and interesting day. (Our trip was 6.5 hours including the bus trip from the landing point through Panama where we saw and learned about the country.)
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