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Indian Village Embera Tour

Indian Village Embera Tour
Cultural & Theme Tours > Cultural Tours > Cultural Tour
$200
Duration: 6 hours
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Description

This is a very unique tour, you will be taken back in time as you visit an Indian village in the jungle and on the shores of the Charges river and lake Alajuela in Panama. The Embera tribe are Native Americans who have inhabited Panama for centuries. As you enter the village you will be received by tribe members who are friendly and interactive. They will show you their way of life as enter their small village of huts and enjoy a cultural dance, welcome speech, performance, and learn facets about their everyday life. You will also visit a small indigenous market where you may purchase artisan items created by the natives themselves. Lunch will be provided as well. You will then travel upriver to a beautiful waterfall and hike a short distance through the rainforest while seeing birds, the occasional monkey, fish, and various other forms of wildlife.

Your adventure will begin when a friendly guide picks you up at your Panama City hotel or cruise ship port around 8:00 am.  You will drive for about an hour along the canal and Soberania National park while your guide will share interesting information about Panama and preparing you for your visit with the Emberá people.  You will arrive at the shores of Lake Alajuela where the Emberá will meet you with their handmade dugout canoe.  

You will embark on a 30-60 minute boat ride (time depends of water level in the river).  You will pass through virgin rain forest and see many birds, such as herons, egrets, osprey, possibly toucans and wild parrots, as well as turtles, maybe a caiman and if you are lucky a sloth, otter or monkeys from the boat.  If the water level is high enough you can stop at a local waterfall for a quick dip on the way to the village.

Upon arrival in the village you will be greeted with a traditional greeting of music and seated in a typical community hut you will be treated to a fascinating presentation by the Emberá about their history, culture and how they live.   After the presentation you will be served a delicious lunch of fresh fish, fried plantains and local fruit.   

After lunch you will be given free time in the village to look at or purchase any of their exquisite hand woven baskets, plates or masks made from palm leaf fibers or Cocobolo wood (rosewood) or Tagua nut carvings, get a cultural temporary tattoo, swim in the river, play with the Emberá children, interact with the villagers or take pictures. 

Your day tour will end with a display of shamanic and celebrational music and dancing by the villagers.  After the dancing it is time to say goodbye to your new Emberá friends who will stay in your heart forever.  You will arrive back in the city between 4:00-5:00 pm filled with fond memories of your day with the Emberá tribe in Panamá.

This is a very unique tour, you will be taken back in time as you visit an Indian village in the jungle and on the shores of the Charges river and lake Alajuela in Panama. The Embera tribe are Native Americans who have inhabited Panama for centuries. As you enter the village you will be received by tribe members who are friendly and interactive. They will show you their way of life as enter their small village of huts and enjoy a cultural dance, welcome speech, performance, and learn facets about their everyday life. You will also visit a small indigenous market where you may purchase artisan items created by the natives themselves. Lunch will be provided as well. You will then travel upriver to a beautiful waterfall and hike a short distance through the rainforest while seeing birds, the occasional monkey, fish, and various other forms of wildlife.