One of the highlights of our recent trip to Panama was the Embera Village Tour. For approximately 95USD we hired Katia Sole of Kats Tours (www.katstours.com) and we were picked up in a private vehicle and whisked away to a remote location along the Charges river. The village experience consisted of a river tour to the waterfall. Due to a lack of rain in the area, the river was remarkably shallow and the boat got stuck a few times. It made for entertaining moments when the Men had to jump in and push. A short walk through the rainforest brought us to the waterfall. Again we were able to walk through the shallow water to indulge in pulsating shower from the fresh waters of the waterfall. Little fish swam all around us, but became annoying when they started to suck on exposed skin. Definitely not the most therapeutic feeling. After sometime frolicking in the water, we headed back to the boats and on to our final destination, the Embera Village. We were graciously greeted by the Indians as they played on local hand crafted instruments. We were lead into a common area where they sold crafts and very reasonable prices. We then meet in the main dining facility to await a lunch of fried Tilapia and plantains wrapped in banana leaves. During our lunch we were given a brief description of Embera heritage, history and life, spoken both in Spanish and the Native Embera language. After lunch we were encouraged to interact with the community, but mostly the kids found us intriguing. Participated in a form of tattooing for 1USD that they assured us would last for the duration of our trip. Can't go wrong for 1 dollar and it didn't hurt. Then we were entertained by traditional dancing and music. It was definitely a unique experience and one that I would recommend to all travellers to Panama.
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