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Private Emberá Village Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    Be ready for your private Emberá village experience at the time and place specified when you were booking. Depending on what option you chose, your private group could consist of just yourself or you and family or friends. Because this is a private tour, you can expect very special attention during this 8-hour day.

    Start by getting picked up at your Panama City hotel early in the morning for a 1-hour drive to Lake Alajuela. Members of the Emberá village will meet you, and load your group into their canoe for a short ride across the lake. The canoe ride will last about another 45 minutes, and you can choose to stop at a waterfall for a quick dip in the water before you go to the village.

    When you reach the village, you have about 10 minutes of free time to wander. Watch a presentation, and become more familiar with the Emberá culture, its traditions, and its crafts. Grab lunch while in the village, and then decide if your group would like to take a short rainforest hike where you can learn about medicinal plants from one of the village elders.

    Next up, more free time is on your schedule. You can explore the village as you walk around the area. You’ll be able to purchase gifts (own expense), get a temporary tattoo, or talk with some of the local people.  

    Before you get in the canoe again to ride back down the lake, get sent off by watching traditional Emberá dances and hearing traditional Emberá music.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • All activities
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Indigenes Embera
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated provided the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist with boarding and disembarking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Went to the Katuma Embera village. It was simply joyful. Met the Headman, his grandson and family. My friend danced with them, we both got tats and had a lovely traditional meal of fish and pantecones. I loved one of the skirts worn and the lady took it off so I could buy it!
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    A private Embera village tour is an opportunity which should not be missed. We left our cruise ship at Gatun Lake, took about a 30 minute bus ride, then about a 30 minute river trip in a dugout canoe, finally arriving at the village. About 30-40 of the village residents (adults
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    This excursion was AMAZING!!! I would highly recommend this excursion to Embera Village! The people are so warm and welcoming and the crafts they make are so beautiful. It was amazing to see how simply they lived. I would highly recommend visiting the Embera village. I will
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    Juan was our guide and Alex was our driver from Panama Excursions. We were promptly picked up at the cruise ship tender dock in Fuerte Amador. Juan was very pleasant, talkative and full of stories with humour. He was very entertaining for our drive to the put in for the
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    Wife and I had a great time visiting the waterfall and visiting the villagers to learn more about their culture and way of life. Highly recommend this tour,
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    About the operator
    By: Embera Village Tours & More
    307 reviews
    D M G
    Seattle, Washington
    Great Experience and Amazing People
    This is definitely well worth the money. The Bad: loading the canoes correctly so 65% of the weight is from mid
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    Lomita, California
    Embera & Jungle Tour is Tops
    This village tour was the highlight (and ending) of a two week vacation. Seems we saved the best for last. We
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    Edmonton, Canada
    Excellent Experience
    We had a wonderful day today led by Ruben of Panama Tours, He was very knowledgeable and accommodating - actually
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    Brandon, Florida
    The trip was great. It starts with sailing a wooden canoe on the river. Emberá people welcome everyone. They talk
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    Went to the Katuma Embera village. It was simply joyful. Met the Headman, his grandson and family. My friend
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    Carlos G
    Panama City, Panama
    During the tour i discover the area, in the first time people visit the National Park visitor Center and aftter
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    Panama City, Panama
    Very touristy. Native Embarra tribe members looked bored. Could tell they would rather be without us, but doing
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    Willemstad, Curacao
    The Jungle
    Visited the Emberá Drúa during a family vacation. We were picked up very early and our tour guide Leonel Vergara
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    Kearney, Nebraska
    great experience
    enjoyed the day tour - bit contrived but very well done. Villagers are innovative in attempting to retain
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    What an amazing adventure!
    Our family loved our trip to the Embera Village. Our guide Daniel was very informative and personable. He
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    Orlando, Florida
    WOW! What an Adventure!
    Calling all of you who want a one of a kind adventure! You will begin the day at 8 am with a personal hotel pick
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    Covington, Louisiana
    Barefoot Panama tour was great!
    My tour guide, Gonzo was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and patient. He and his company made my first time
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    Federal Way, Washington
    A "Must Do" if you are in Panama
    This tour was the highlight of our trip to Panama. It was incredibly interesting, scenic and a terrific
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    Tom M
    Sparks, Nevada
    Stepping back in time
    Water trip in a motorized dug-out canoe to the village is the first part of this adventure; Native Embera
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    Elgin, South Carolina
    Experience ful native emersion
    If you are travelling to central America, it is hard to encounter true indigenous tribes on their own turf. The
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