Craig MiskelUnited States
Mario is a great guide. On time, very knowledgeable about Panama's history. We didn't ever fell rushed. His friendship with the Embera people was very special and they made us fell like family.
Delia Jeanette PanchulaVacaville, CA, United States
Mario took us out for ONE MORE TOUR! It is like going out with a good friend, by now, as this is our 5th tour with him. This time we took a boat to a village of the Embera, a group of indigenous people who clearly greeted him with gladness, as he respects them and makes sure they show their triumphs, from rebuilding burnt lodgings to their water systems (and nice rest rooms). Dancing, music, talking to the Botanist/healer and then shopping in the tables with goods made by each family! Marvelous day!
Julie FlapanUnited States
Mario was an excellent tour guide - arrived on time with a positive attitude and gave us an incredible journey to Embera Village and then Casco Viejo. He was very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories throughout the day enlightening our family on the history, culture, and politics of Panama. He was flexible and accommodated our family of 5 on a full day trip.
Scott ParkerUnited States
The crowning jewel of our six tours with Mario! As with all tours, he scheduled and arranged this to give us an excellent experience and an appreciation of the Embera peoples. Mario had arrranged to take us to the third, most upstream village. We were the only visitors that day and enjoyed talking with the people, partaking in a meal and even participating in some local dances. Purchasing crafts was a major source of family income and the workmanship was exquisite, well worth the investment.
Second tour with Mario and full points of that as well. He was got just day or two before information from Embera village that they not take visitors on that because of meeting with goverment. However, Mario was arranged visit to other Embera village near Colon and it was very nice too. On a way back we visited also Miraflores in Panama Canal and after museum saw few big ships going through MIraflores.
Susan RancourtUnited States
Mario did a great job of building us through the day to the Embera village. The boat ride was terrific....beautiful scenery. Loved the ability to cool off in the waterfall. What a treat. Mario obviously knows the villagers very well and always went out of his way to be sure we had the best personal experience. It is a little more expensive then the bigger tour groups but definitely worth the money. Thanks Mario for a great day! Susan and Andy
Sharleen SensenigAmbler, PA, United States
What a fantastic experience! Mario is very pleasant and knowledgeable. My husband Carl and I were delighted with our tour to the village and Mario made it so easy to communicate comfortably with the residents of the community. My only regret was that I did not take my swimsuit along to the village to swim in the beautiful Chagres River. He suggested we should, and I did not pay attention. My bad! You cannot ignore the advice of such a great tour guide, but we still had a great day!
Helen ZagonaUnited States
Debra AbramsUnited States
Mario was fantastic for my trip to an Embera village. He was enormously helpful, he has a great nature, a great sense of humor, substantive knowledge, and an outstanding command of English. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. Not a 5-star b/c I wish I could have spent a more time photographing the parrot I found, but it seemed we had to go to another activity. The hike to the waterfall was exciting, but what a shame that it was so crowded that I didn't get to swim. Thank you for a terrific time!
Eugene J.United States
The tour was absolutely fantastic. Mario is the best tour guide. He provided insights into Panama that I know I could not get anywhere else (as I took a tour with another tour company as well). The tour was so great and Mario had such a warm relationship with the Embera people "that the chief of the tribe gave us a personalized tour of the community, "WoW"! I look forward to visiting Panama again in the spring. Thanks Tours by Locals - your the best!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thanks Mario! We look forward to welcoming you again and again.
Anna ZakUnited States
Mario went above and beyond what we expected- we had a wonderful experience touring with him. He was very knowledgeable (about a large variety of topics), exhibited a great attitude, which resulted in good interpersonal relationships w/all those he worked with, provided anecdotes (w/a good sense of humor), and was a genuinely caring person who invested his time and energy into making sure we enjoyed our tour and our time in Panama. I would highly recommend a tour w/him to anyone coming to the region!