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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

While on a Caravan Tour of Panama we were taken to the Embera Native Village just 15 minutes by boat from the Gamboa Rainforest Hotel. We learned that this village is original and not a tourist creation and that the Emberas were recruited to train US Military and NASA astronauts in rainforest survival from the 1950s. They are a warm and inviting people with beautiful crafts of woven baskets, masks and carved wood and vegetable ivory. We enjoyed participating in their dances. We received tattoos using the same black seed juice that they use themselves (also as a sunscreen). Their music is beautiful and we were greeted and sent off by their musicians.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Andrea L
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Reviewed July 1, 2016

My husband and I recently spent 2 weeks in Panama with our 2 eight year olds and we had the best time. The Embera Village experience was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I have to send praise to Ellie who I emailed back and forth for at least 2 months before our trip. She was so kind and patient. She even answered questions I had about staying in and around Panama, etc.
Daniel (who really deserves his own review because he is amazing!) picked us up at our hotel and drove us into the middle of nowhere where we switched cars from a nice minivan to a 4 X 4 "taxi", which was a pick up truck with a covered back. We opted to sit in the back and it was fun, especially for the kids. We then rode for a ways then were dropped off to trek through a muddy field where we were met by 2 indigenous men who brought us by a "piragua" to their village. We are California city folks and were not prepared for the mud since we wore flip flops so wear better shoes than us! The muddy field added a sense of adventure for us, it was not super pleasant but it was not awful either. It didn't take away from our experience but I wanted to put it here so that someone else may be forewarned.
When we pulled up to the village they greeted us with music by some of the members. We toured the village and learned about many of their medicinal plants, etc. We had lunch, fried chicken and plantains with fresh fruit. They usually serve fish (we were told) but since they are just in the beginning of their rainy season, the river is still pretty low and the supply of fish decreased so we brought chicken that Daniel stopped and bought on the way. The lady serving us also made bowls out of banana leaves to serve the food in. They gave a presentation on their body painting, crafts like carving and weaving, they danced for (and with) us. We played with some of the children. We were able to visit the classrooms in session. We shopped and bought some handicrafts made by the different families of the village.
The experience was fabulous and no one in our group was ready to leave. If you are on the fence about doing this excursion just take the jump …. you will not regret it!!!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Samantha M
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Reviewed June 25, 2016

I was taken to the village by a pirogue, about 15 minutes trip along the Chagres river, then climbing a small hill and voila.... I'm in the village. hey treated me to their typical meal: fried plantain, fried talapia (fish form the river) and a half of lemon-orange. There are solar batteries in the village but no TVs or cell phones. The Chief participates in conferences, summits, makes speeches, but nobody form his community ever saw that. Children do go to school, well not on foot, but by boat. Handicrafts they make in the village blow off one's mind: embers baskets, plates, masks, tagulas, wood carvings, etc. They are very talented. And the prices here are much cheaper than in the shops in Panama. There is a toilet provided by the government in that village, very clean. One can see their traditional dancing and listen to their music. The main source of income for the village is tourism now as they live on the territory of a national park and are not allowed to hunt, cut trees. People are friendly and welcoming, showing their home to visitors, telling about their history.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Svitlana Z
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Reviewed April 28, 2016

It's always a little scary to book something online to do in a foreign country, but this tour group was great communicating with emails and confirming things you need and times for the tour. Very friendly and informative guide, and quick to give promised refunded discounts when more people booked the tour. Highly recommend! the tour gave you some very unique experiences!

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 23, 2016

We ended up in Panama City after a Windstar Cruise through the canal. We had book the Embera Village Tour, but when our guide, Daniel picked us up, we were all having some stomach issues. He regrouped with us, and we had a wonderful Panama City historical tour. We LOVED Daniel. He truly made our trip to Panama City great! The next day he took us to Del Valle, also a lovely day trip which affords you the opportunity to see what is outside the city of Panama. We appreciated the efficiency and flexibility of Ellie and her team. Daniel was exceptional. We will have to return to Panama City and do the Embera Village Tour next time!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank sanfran58
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