Interact with the local Indian culture
Indigenous Embera Customs & Music
This is a personalized tour offered as a private tour for your private group, or a shared small group. You are picked up by a professional English speaking guide and travel in a new or late model spacious SUV or luxury van from your hotel or meeting point, and transfered to the Rainforest for a Canoe Ride to the Embera Indian Village. This is personal and guided tour by a professional and trained guide who will accompany you during the entire day.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City, or the Shared Meeting Point and will ride in complete comfort and air conditioning as you are driven along the Panama canal and then deep in to the Soberania National forest to arrive at Lake Alajuela which is accessible in Chilibre or Calzada larga areas.
After a comfortable journey and amazing views of the rain forest upon your arrival to Lake Alajuela, you will be greeted by the Embera in a handmade dugout canoe. You will commence on a 30 to 60 minute canoe ride towards the Embera village and along the way experience the rain forest in its true and natural beauty. During the canoe ride you can expect a first hand view of many birds such as herons, egrets, osprey, and the infamous and colorful toucans and parrots. You will also likely see turtles, caimans, sloths, otters, and monkeys!
You will be greeted by the local Embera and their traditional music. You are then escorted and seated in a community hut for the village to see an amazing presentation as the Embera tell you about their history, culture, and ways of life.
After the fascinating Embera presentation, you are then served a native style lunch consisting of fresh fish, plantains, and fruits.
Your private group has the option of accompanying a village elder on a 30 minute hike to explore and learn about the local herbs and medicines used by the Embera, or you also have the option of remaining in the Village to explore and also browse local artisenal items and artifacts produced by the Embera such as hand woven baskets, plates and masks made from palm leaf fibers and also Cocobolo wood. There are also amazing tagua nut carvings and many other native artifacts to explore. You can also simply explore the village, play with the children, take photos, go and swim in the river, get a cultural tattoo that is temporary, or just interact with the people in the village.
After the exploration of the Embera village, you will make your way back to the canoe and float back to your vehicle to return to Panama city.
After an amazing day learning about the Indigenous Embera Indian culture, rituals and food, you are dropped off at your hotel or central meeting point.