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Embera Village Day Tour
Ranked #19 of 176 Tours in Panama City
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We invite you to step back in time with us on a tour to visit the Embera tribe who still live in traditional villages deep in the rainforest of Panama. The Embera people are proud to share their culture and traditions with visitors. Spending time on a day or overnight tour with the friendly Embera people will touch your heart and is an experience you will never forget. Our founder, Anne Gordon de Barrigon, is married to an Embera man and began these tours to share the beauty of her Embera family and friends with others. Note: this page is for the tours offered by Anne Gordon de Barrigon's tour company, Embera Village Tours and not for other tour operators who also offer tours to visit other Embera villages throughout Panama.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 23 March 2014

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

On our cruise through Panama we had the opportunity to visit this village. It was a fantastic day. There is nothing commercial about this village! Apparently there are a few different villages that are visited. On our drive to the location we were told a lot about Panama, the Canal and the area. We took the dug out canoe up the river to the village. The water was low in places but we were able to get through without getting out of canoe. The experience in the village was so enjoyable. We toured the village with the medicine Dr. And learned all about the plant uses, ate lunch of fish & plantations wrapped in a leaf bowl, watched and then participated in dancing, saw the demonstration of how they make their woven baskets, bowls and then I got to try it. Be sure to buy their goods. They are priced according to how many days it takes to make. You won't see anything like them or as inexpensive and you know the money goes to them. It was amazing to know that some members have been college educated but return to this life. No electricity except for 1 solar panel that provides electricity for a small refrigerator and charging the computers the children use for their education. The country provides teachers and education for all children, apparently no matter where you are located!!

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We were picked up promptly at our hotel at 8AM. Our guide was friendly and engaging. There were four of us for the tour. We drove in a four wheel drive for an hour and 1/2 to get to the Chagres National Park/River and drop off point. From there we boarded motorized canoes and headed to the Village. It was the last village and at the end of the water that was negotiable by canoe (with people). We climbed a steep incline and arrived at the Village where we were fed Fried Tilapia and Fried Plantain. We talked with the residents and learned some of their history. The dancing was terrific. The children were friendly and engaging. The crafts were well done, although somewhat expensive. Our ride back was interesting and engaging. Our tour guide was wonderful and has a refreshing and enjoyable view of the world. A very hopeful and happy Papa of a new four month old son. NO food for purchase,but food provided. Stairs were carved into the side of the hill. Help is available if you need it.

Thank Carol S
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

On a recent cruise to Panama, we went to the Embera Indian village. A couple of reviews that we read that getting to the dugout canoes was steep. We DID NOT find it so. The trip by canoe was very enjoyable. The tribe served us plain fluffy white bread sandwich with a slice of processes cheese & a slice of ham. NOT a very appetizing lunch. Then they served us their typical lunch, which consisted of fried tilapia fish & fried plantain in a banana leaf bowl. It was both more healthier & more delicious than the modern day sandwich. I wonder how many of our group looked upon the lunch as a good lesson from our hosts?

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

I was concerned when my wife said she wanted to visit an Embera village. I thought it would be intrusive. Perhaps offensive. Sin embargo, however, meeting, talking, eating and, yes, even dancing with these wonderful people at An n's village was a curiously laid back and magical experience.

We just got back from the wonderful trip to the Embera village on the San Juan de Peque. At the far far end of Lake Alajuela. And up the river...beautiful!

The day before Marvin at our Las Clementinas Hotel made the call to Anne's company and a wonderful driver and guide Harry Davis picked us up at 8.15 a.m. Harry, raised on Boca del Torres, has been used by Anne for 10 years to get people to the dug out canoe and motored miles up Lake Alajuela to its far end and then up the narrow and shallow San Juan de Pequene river. Beautiful. We arrived at the Puru village on a rocky shore of the narrow shallow river to a welcoming flute and drum group of men just before 11.00 a.m.

The villagers handle their visiting tourists with grace and quiet enthusiasm in explaining their society, social structure, medicines and so on. The village shaman took us up a winding path through the forest talking gently about the trees and leaves used for treatment. He answered tons of questions in fluent Spanish and Harry translated when needed of course. They all knew Harry well, and he was a lot of fun. Lunch was prepared over an open wood fire on the 2nd level of a substantial hut. Weaving was demonstrated, and there was a lot of music and dance. The Embera want to sell their craft work and it is impossible to resist buying directly from the women and men who make these works of art.

The Peace Corps had set up fresh water storage and a solar powered classroom hut for the teacher who comes to stay between weekends during the school year.

I felt almost emotional when we said goodbye at 2.00 p.m. The canoe ride back to Salamanca was exquisite. Harry got us to Casco Viejo at shortly after 4.30 p.m. A world away.

Thank BobOxenburgh
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