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    We will come to pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 AM and drive for about an hour to a boat ramp on the shore of Lake Alajuela, part of the Panama Canal watershed, where the Emberá meet us with their dugout canoe. Then we head across the lake  and then upriver for about 45 minutes or so (depending on the level of the river).  Along the way you have the option to stop by a beautiful waterfall (based on natural conditions and accessibility) where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water. Upon arrival in the village you receive a traditional greeting of music and all the villagers welcoming you to their community.  After about 10 minutes to wander around and explore the village on your own, you are given a short presentation about the Emberá culture and traditions and their crafts.  After lunch you can take an optional short hike in the jungle with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants. You are given more free time to wander around, purchase any of their exquisite crafts or receive a temporary tattoo or have a conversation with the Emberá people. Finally the villagers perform some of their traditional shamanic and celebratory dances and music before we climb back in the dugout and head back down river and return to Panama City. This is a group tour, there may be others joining you for this unforgettable experience with the Emberá.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Very touristy. Native Embarra tribe members looked bored. Could tell they would rather be without us, but doing it for sustenance as their way of life is decimated. Similar to a Hawaiian luau if you have ever been there. Very staged, but I guess a...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank melikefood2019
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Visited the Emberá Drúa during a family vacation. We were picked up very early and our tour guide Leonel Vergara (shout-out to Leo !) spoke fluent English and Spanish. On the way to the canoe pickup spot the guides stopped to buy fresh fruit which...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank AFStatie
    Reviewed 20 June 2019

    enjoyed the day tour - bit contrived but very well done. Villagers are innovative in attempting to retain cultural values in the face of increasing pressure to go-modern. The day was just as described with two exceptions. Ignore the description of waterfall and possible refreshing...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank jfhertner
    Anne G, Owner at Embera Village Tours & More, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review. We appreciate it very much. I would be interested to learn why you say the tour was a "bit contrived" so we can improve the quality of our tour. Thank you, Anne Gordon de...More

    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    Our family loved our trip to the Embera Village. Our guide Daniel was very informative and personable. He provided us with information not just about the Embera people’s village and history, but with fascinating background about Panama City especially the homes and institutions surrounding the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank JudgyTraveler
    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    My tour guide, Gonzo was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and patient. He and his company made my first time visit to Panama City, Panama memorable.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Kevinjohnson725
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    several villages along the river have opened themselves to the tourist industry. Modernization is minimal but the Indians recognize that perhaps the only way to save their culture is to market it. We had an honest... More
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