Day of Adventure with the Emberas.
The Río Chagres, wich flows through the park and supplies most of the water for the Panama Canal his home to several Emberá communities. The enchanting journey takes us deep into the dense jungles of Chagres where the Embera Indians have lived for many years.
Our adventure begin with a ride up the river in canoes, the Embera's traditional hand carved boats. On arrival to the village, you will be taken back in time as you observe the ancient Embera's dances and music that have hardly changed since Christopher Columbus arrived in the 1500's. The natives will invite you to explore the surrounding areas which are teaming birds and wildlife. The trek will take you through virgin jungle and sparkling waterfalls. During our visit, the Emberas will give you a glimpse into their mystical rituals and their amazing knowledge of medicinal plants and natural pigments. The Emberá women produce some of the finest baskets in the world, which are woven from palm fibers, and require several months of intensive labor.
After pick up at the ship or hotel, we then drive to the Caimitillo pier, where the native Embera will meet us and drive us aboard a canoe up the river to there Village.
Before arrival to the Village, we will take a walk in the rainforest (aprox. 300mts. ) to the waterfall for a swim, don't forget your swimsuit (optional).
After visiting the waterfall we then continue up the river to the Village, when we arrive to the Village we will received the hospitality of the Embera people and know some of there Culture (History, Rituals, Dance, etc. )
You will have the opportunity to purchase handicrafts directly from the people who makes them.
After this experience we return to our initial departure spot (ship or hotel).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Ship, Hotel or other point of reference.
End location: Initial pick up site.
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
Posible rain and traffic, depending the time of the year.
Air conditioned Van (14 pax. capacity), dugout canoe ride up the river power by an outboard engine.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 us dollars - I can Fit Small or Large groups. Just let me now, and I will taylor made the tour for your party.
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Our tour of the Embera village exceeded our expectations thanks to Clemente. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and does his best to make your experience special. From pickup at our cruise ship to hotel dropoff all went smoothly. He even provided transfer from our hotel to the airport all wthout a hitch. I actually referred him to a fellow traveler looking for an adventure.