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!