The canoe trip will take approximately an hour of travel up the river (wet season, much shorter trip during the dry season, due to low river levels)depending on the season and water level. Sometimes the river is so shallow the indigenous Embera guide will have to get out and push the canoe through the reeds. This is a pleasant boat ride with the river and its surroundings rich in flora and fauna. Sightings of sloth’s, monkey’s and a wide variety of birds including the Toucan and Eagle are common during this beautiful boat ride through the Embera Jungle lands. Lets just hope it’s not raining!
Around mid morning we arrive at the Embera village, and the village members will greet us with a traditional musical dance. After getting ourselves settled you are allowed free reign to explore the village at our leisure, to have a glimpse of how the Embera Indians live and work, play with the local Indian children and take in the pleasant surroundings.
Then you will be treated to a short talk about their lives and Embera culture, lifestyle, and local Indian crafts. After the talk we are taken on a short walk through the jungle that surrounds the village with one of the village elders to teach us about the medicinal plants they use. Upon our return to the village we are fed a delicious traditional meal of Patacones (fried plantains) and fried fish or chicken.
After lunch it is time to listen to their traditional music and watch the Embera women dance some traditional shamanic dances. Next comes shopping time! Although buying something is not required it is nice to contribute to the community by buying their amazing handicrafts: woven baskets, plates and masks from palm leaf fibers and carved Cocobolo wood and Tagua seeds, so bring some cash…
Then the entire Embera tribe gathers for a group photo. They are not shy about posing for a picture and love to be shown the result if you have a digital. If you would like to receive a traditional non permanent tattoo now is the time. Don’t worry it is a fruit juice dye and lasts only 10-12 days before it wears off. Then you will go on a short hike to the waterfall (During the rainy season this is a large waterfall but much smaller during the drier months)and take a refreshing bath and escape the humidity and heat for a while. Once everyone has had their fill of the waterfall you will make your way back to the Embera village where your canoe is ready to bring you back to the pier. Byron will then drive you back to Panama City.
Tours includes: Fee for the community, lunch at the community (usually locally caught fried fish and plantains), Fruit, bottle of water and orange juice, bilingual guide, shared transportation from Panama City round trip in a bus with air conditioning.
$95pp (Shared Tour; Minimum 2 people)
Private tours for $200pp (2 people ) Please enquire about Private group rates
Disclaimer and important infoAll participants should be prepared to get wet. Bring a light jacket and a bathing suit if you’d like to swim. Also bring extra water and snacks (We do provide small water. juice and fruit to go with your traditional lunch). There will be a period of walking for 20-30 minutes.