Embera Village Day Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
  • Departure Details :
    Your hotel in Panama City Cruise Ship Port of Colon
  • Return Details :
    Same as pickup
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Spend the day stepping back in time with the Ember tribe, deep in the tropical rainforest of Panama. You will be welcomed and immersed in their culture and allowed to interact with them, take photographs, observe traditional music and dancing and have an opportunity to purchase their beautiful handmade crafts.


  • Ideal choice for families
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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We will come to pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 AM and drive for about an hour to a boat ramp on the shore of Lake Alajuela, part of the Panama Canal watershed, where the Ember meet us with their dugout canoe. Then we head across the lake and then upriver for about 45 minutes or so (depending on the level of the river). Along the way you have the option to stop by a beautiful waterfall (based on natural conditions and accessibility) where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water. Upon arrival in the village you receive a traditional greeting of music and all the villagers welcoming you to their community. After about 10 minutes to wander around and explore the village on your own, you are given a short presentation about the Ember culture and traditions and their crafts. After lunch you can take an optional short hike in the jungle with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants. You are given more free time to wander around, purchase any of their exquisite crafts or receive a temporary tattoo or have a conversation with the Ember people. Finally the villagers perform some of their traditional shamanic and celebratory dances and music before we climb back in the dugout and head back down river and return to Panama city. This is a group tour, there may be others joining you for this unforgettable experience with theEmber.


Local taxes

National Park fees


All activities


Live commentary on board

Local guide

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off


Entry/Admission - Embera Tours Panama




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 at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A minimum of people per booking is required

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Jan-2020

    Excellent opportunity to meet indigenous people of Panama! Danial, our guide, was very informative, well spoken in English, and an all-around nice guy! We were picked up promptly, drove to the river, and partook in a adventurous dugout canoe trip to the village. We felt like we were in a movie! The scenery is pristine, the people friendly, happy and knowledgeable. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet, no mosquitoes for us, and request Danial!!

  • 15-Jan-2018

    Our best experience in Panama. It was absolutely amazing! Highly highly recommend.

  • 14-Jan-2018

    This was a tremendous experience. I was wary because it could have been a cheesy show and tell that denigrated the Embera tribe. But it was actually a well balanced and meaningful experience. It was incredibly muddy due to a late rainy season, but the Embera people were welcoming, friendly and eager to share their culture with us in an honest and non-touristy way. To be clear, there is the opportunity to buy crafts, but most of the time was taken with a long and informative introduction by a member, touring the small village with excellent commentary by a village elder, witnessing and participating in some native dance, eating lunch and asking lots of questions. We wished we had done the overnight version of the trip in the dry season.

  • 17-Sep-2016

    Waste of money and time.