Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of the Embera People in the scenic and secluded Chagres National Park by sharing stories with locals in the area!
The indigenous people of the Embera tribe originated from the remote rainforest of Darien’s Jungle and migrated to the Chagres River bank, which is situated about half an hour from Panama City. The Chagres River is one of the main water sources in Panama and feeds the Panama Canal. Due to its importance, the Chagres National Park was founded in 1984 to protect its water resources.
On this tour you will visit the Embera tribe of Parara Puru village within the reserve, which was established in the Chagres National Park. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in their customs and learn about their beliefs by mixing in with the locals and listening to their stories deep in the scenic Chagres National Park.
Duration: 6-7 hours (Tour starts at 8:00 am)
Start/End location: Panama City, Panama
Miscellaneous: All minors participating in this tour must be accompanied by an adult
This tour will start at 8:00 am with a pick up from Panama City. You will arrive at the village around 9:30 am and after a quick historic briefing you will head towards the village in a motorized dugout canoe, in which we will then navigate towards Parara Puru village.
At the village, you will then meet with the village chief and be welcomed by the Embera people. The tribe will then demonstrate their traditional celebrations and dances while inviting the guests to join them. Experience and try for yourself their traditional dances and celebrations, why not? After which, you will then have a bit of free time to talk with the Embera people about their history, culture and customs.
Later in the afternoon, you will be led along a narrow trail where an Embera guide will take you along the scenic route and identify various flora and fauna that are used daily due to its medicinal properties or usefulness in creating handicrafts.
Last but not least, you will then eat a traditional lunch and have time to buy artisan crafts or wander around the village.
At around 14:00 pm to 15:00 pm, you will be driven back to Panama City.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.