Gamboa, Panama

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7 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in the indigenous Emberá culture during this 7-hour tour from Panama City. Journey up the Chagres River in a traditional dugout canoe to the Parara Puru village in Chagres National Park. Meet members of the tribe and learn about their way of life in the forest, witness ceremonial dances and eat a traditional lunch. Round-trip transportation from Panama City is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention.
  • 7-hour day trip to an Emberá village in Chagres National Park
  • Learn about the native Emberá tribe's history, culture and modern way of life
  • Travel from Panama City in an air-conditioned minibus and through Chagres National Park in a dugout canoe
  • View a cultural presentation and traditional Emberá dance
  • Lunch included
  • Round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels
At 8 am, meet your guide in the lobby of your Panama City hotel. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minibus and meet your small tour group, limited to 15 people or fewer. 
Arrive on the banks of Lake Alajuela, meeting some members of the Emberá tribe at Puerto Corotu. Board a traditional dugout canoe and, assisted by a motor, head up the Chagres River to the village of Parara Puru. On the way, visit an impressive waterfall deep in the park. 
Native Emberá tribe members will greet you upon arrival with a traditional dance and a presentation about their culture, history and modern way of life in the forest. Walk around and explore the village at your leisure, chat with the locals and take photos. 
Eat a lunch of fresh fruit, plantains and fried fish, then receive temporary traditional tattoos if you like or shop for handicrafts. 
Step back into the canoe and return to Panama City the way you came. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Panama City hotel.


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, Jul 2018

Wonderful, 'off the beaten path' tour! Fun and informative, beautiful scenery and fascinating insight into the Embera people! Highly recommend! Our second tour with this company - we would have booked more if time had allowed!

, Jun 2018

Excellent experience! Delicious lunch! Great artscrafts!

, Jan 2018

Hearing about the local culture was the highlight, although it has to be difficult for the people to give up their natural life style just because the area became a national park and their ways of life were outlawed.
The dance performance, introduction, chance to see a kitchen, lunch, craft sale, buildings, and boat ride to get to the village made the day extra special.

, Oct 2017

The best guide on this tour. I can just recommend it.

, Sep 2017

One of the must have tour in Panama! It was wonderful to get out of the city and canall to see the unsophisticated village life. It was great experience journey up the Charges River in the transitional canoe, walked thru the knee high water to the water fall in the forest. Just love it! Highly recommended.

, Jul 2017

A great experience.

, Aug 2016

Best experience ever, the best tour company. Thank You Jon.

, May 2016

Es un tour imperdible. Conocer a una tribu ancestral y convivir un poco con ellos, ver sus danzas, sus artesanias, su vida cotidiana, la alegria de sus niños, su tranquilidad y su vestimenta, es algo que ya no es facil de ver en estos dias. Es un tour memorable!!!

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