From Panama City: 5-Hour Embera Indian Village Tour

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Be taken on a guided cultural experience, letting you tour the authentic Embera Indian Village. This tour was designed for you to step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years.


  • journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian tribe
  • board the dugout canoes that will take you to the Emberá village
  • See the spectacular craft items produced by the Emberá


This tour was designed for you to step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years; to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. More than a tour, this is a journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian tribe. A proud people, who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region. Start out the expedition aboard an air-conditioned vehicle where a knowledgeable guide will give you an overview of Panama on the way to the jungles of the Central Region. When you arrive at the Chagres National Park, you will leave the comfort of your vehicle to board the dugout canoes that will take you to the Emberá village. Although not the most luxurious, these dug outs are sturdy and worthy craft which were critical in the conquering of the jungle and in establishing supply lifelines for both Indians and Spanish. In the village, the chief will welcome you with traditional Emberá hospitality. A series of dances have been arranged to add to this cultural exchange. Feel free to wonder the village, ask questions or interact with these quiet people. Please remember that you are guests in their home and a good measure of common sense and sensitivity towards their privacy is appreciated. The Emberá men and woman are spectacular craftsmen have produced some beautiful items, which will be available for purchase as souvenirs or keepsakes of this unique experience. All too soon, it will be time to return to your century, where the bliss and tranquility of older days have been all but forgotten. 


Air-conditioned transportation Panama City hotel pick-up and drop-off National park entrance fees Bilingual guide (Spanish and English) Local Embera snack of fish and plantain at the village Bottle of water

Important Information

  • Participation guidelines: fitness level - medium
  • Walking: considerable
  • Clothing/ items: light clothing, sun protection
  • Important note: boarding and debarking of local canoes requires a minimum of dexterity and flexibility. The landing consists of a rudimentary “put in” that lacks handrails or proper steps
  • Make sure you keep yourself hydrated
  • If you wish to buy local crafts, bring cash in local currency

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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