If you’re really interested in spending time with indigenous Panamanians, this tour may be for you. It allows you to spend a day and night in an authentic Emberá village.
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This tour begins with a hotel pick up at 8:30 AM. You’ll drive for about an hour before reaching a boat ramp where several Emberá members will meet you with a dugout canoe. You’ll head upriver for about 45 minutes (depending on the water level) and along the way will have the opportunity to swim at a beautiful waterfall. Upon arrival at the village you will receive a tradition greeting of music and all the villagers welcome you to their community. You are then allowed to wander around and explore the village on your own, and will eventually be given a short presentation about Emberá culture, tradition, and crafts.
A tasty lunch of fish or chicken and patacones (friend plantains) is then served. After lunch you have the option of taking a short, 20-minute hike in the jungle with one of the village elders—as you walk along, he’ll teach you about medicinal plants. You are then given more free time to wander around the village, purchase crafts, or even get a temporary tattoo. Finally, the villagers will perform traditional dances and music.
Afterwards you are given time to relax, swing in a hammock, swim in the river, or simply observe village life. You will be served a dinner of stewed chicken over rice (subject to availability) and soon after will settle in for the night. Remember, these are not luxurious lodgings—it’s more like camping than anything else. You are provided with hammocks, sleeping mats, sheets, and mosquito nets. Fall asleep listening to the gentle village sounds and jungle noises.
In the morning you can watch the village wake up and will be served a delicious breakfast of fried bread, eggs, tea and coffee. After a leisurely morning you will head back and arrive in the city in the early afternoon.
In addition to the previously mentioned activities, there are a few other activities that guests may be interested in signing up for (at additional cost): a waterfall visit, basket weaving class, jungle hike, fishing, floating down the river, panning for gold, and a harpy eagle adventure.
What to Bring
Camera, comfortable clothing, swimsuit, hiking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, money (for handicrafts), and jacket.
Transportation, all meals, sleeping accommodations, and cultural presentations.
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