Embera Village Day Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    08:00 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 :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up at hotels and ports within Panama City, Gamboa, Colon2000 or Homeport in Colon. Playa Bonita pick up has a surcharge.
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  • Return Details :
    Same as pickup
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable 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.


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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

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Aug-2022

    Ceasar was a excellent driver and tour guide. meeting the ppl seeing the village and dance was awesome....lets not forget the waterfall

  • 05-Feb-2022

    Daniel is a great guide! The tour is bit pricing but may worth it to learn the history and culture. Be aware the boat could be slippery when it's wet.

  • 13-Mar-2021

    J'ai vraiment aimé : - Le contact avec la population. - Le transfert en pirogue depuis la route jusqu'au village.

  • 09-Apr-2020

    Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village. Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time. Lovely visit to a sort of living museum. Embera live sort of like they always did. Very good visit and a lovely thing to do Great fun

  • 05-Mar-2020

    After short ride in wooden canoe we arrived in waterfall for short brake and then moved to one of Embera Village comunities. There we could see how they live, how looks their chief and what rules they have. After that we had tasty lunch and could enjoy dancing and singing by Embera people. It was lovely experience and I would recommend the tour to anyone. Our tour was provided by Safe Transportation Panama and the gide Cesar made it enjoyable. He told us lots of information about Panama Canal and gave the full picture how it works. 😊

  • 26-Feb-2020

    Jorge met us an route before we boarded dugout canoes (stay low and hold on to the Gonzales). First and second passengers should have water protection from the spray. Met by a band on arrival. Everyone was friendly and seemed pleased to see us. They loved Jorge. Introduction and culture discussion was pleasant and informative. Hike around the village perimeter was enjoyable and learned about botanical cures. Lunch was delicious...best tilapia I ever had. Kids were the cutest. Definitely recommend it but can't really recommend a tour company.

  • 24-Feb-2020

    We had a fantastic day - our host, Javier, was knowledgeable, very friendly and clearly passionate about his country. The Embera people themselves were beautiful and incredibly welcoming. The food was tasty, the mini-hike was fun and informative, and the markets were colourful and very reasonably priced.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    The trip would be interesting if the village were natural. I've got the impression that everything is prepared for tourists, and their location near the asphalt road confirms it even more.

  • 04-Feb-2020

    We visited the Embera Drua Village this past Weekend with friends. We were met at our hotel in the early morning and set out on our adventure. The dugout canoe ride was fantastic surrounded by lush green foliage rising up from the Chagres river on both sides. We were greeted at the village by a musical group and then ascended to the village. We were able to purchase original handmade products directly from the village families. We were then given a very informative talk by the village chief who explained their customs and culture. The noontime meal was freshly prepared fish along with excellent plantains. The villagers then performed some ritual dances for us. The entire trip was just amazing and is highly recommended.

  • 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!!

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