Embera Indian Village Tour

The Embera Indian village tour will start at 8am, leaving from our office in Calle Primera Perejil. Our expert tour quide, Ysovani or other, will drive you along the Inter Americana highway for approx 45 minutes to the Corotu port on the edge of the beautiful Chagres river. Members of the Embera Indian village will welcome you and start the actual Embera tour. The first highlight of the tour will be a ride along the Chagres river in a traditional Embera canoe.

The canoe trip will take you the short distance to the Embera village. Sometimes the river is so shallow the indigenous Embera guide will have to get out and push the canoe through the reeds. This is a pleasant boat ride with the river and its surroundings  rich in flora and fauna. Sightings of sloth’s, monkey’s and a wide variety of birds including the Toucan and Eagle are common during this beautiful boat ride through the Embera Jungle lands. Lets just hope it’s not raining!

Around mid morning  we arrive at the Embera village, and the village members will greet us with a traditional musical dance. After getting ourselves settled you are allowed free reign to explore the village at our leisure, to have a glimpse of how the Embera Indians live and work, play with the local Indian children and take in the pleasant surroundings.

Then you will be treated to a short talk about their lives and Embera culture, lifestyle, and local Indian crafts. After the talk we are taken on a short walk through the jungle that surrounds the village with one of the village elders to teach us about the medicinal plants they use. Upon our return to the village we are fed a delicious traditional meal of Patacones (fried plantains) and fried fish or chicken.

After lunch it is time to listen to their traditional music and watch the Embera women dance some traditional shamanic dances. Next comes shopping time! Although buying something is not required it is nice to contribute to the community by buying their amazing handicrafts: woven baskets, plates and masks from palm leaf fibers and carved Cocobolo wood and Tagua seeds, so bring some cash…

Then the entire Embera tribe gathers for a group photo. They are not shy about posing for a picture and love to be shown the result if you have a digital. If you would like to receive a traditional non permanent tattoo now is the time. Don’t worry it is a fruit juice dye and lasts only 10-12 days before it wears off. Then you will go on a short hike to the waterfall (During the rainy season this is a large waterfall but much smaller during the drier months)and take a refreshing bath and escape the humidity and heat for a while. Once everyone has had their fill of the waterfall you will make your way back to the Embera village where your canoe is ready to bring you back to the pier. The guide will then drive you back to Panama City.

The duration is approximately 6-7 hours.
Departure from Panama city at approx 7.30 – 8am. You will return usually from 2-3pm in the afternoon.

Tours includes: Fee for the community, lunch at the community (usually locally caught fried fish and plantains), Fruit, bottle of water and orange juice, bilingual guide, shared transportation from Panama City round trip in a bus with air conditioning.

$110pp (Shared Tour; Minimum 2 people)
Private tours for $250pp (2 people) Please enquire about shared and private group rates

Disclaimer and important info
All participants should be prepared to get wet.  Bring a light jacket and a bathing suit if you’d like to swim.  Also bring extra water and snacks (We do provide small water. juice and fruit to go with your traditional lunch).   There will be a period of walking for 20-30 minutes and we suggest some good footwear.

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