Embera Tour Overview

The chance to learn from a magical culture, trek through the jungle, and experience a serene ride in an Embera canoe – All this in a single day and less than an hour from the City of Panama. This Panama tour gives you a unique opportunity to learn about this tribe’s way of life.

Here is what’s special about the Embera Tour: It includes an upriver ride through the Chagres River and the Panamanian Jungle. You will hear directly from the indians what their life is like:  Their hunting, fishing,  harvesting, how they treat their sick and much more. Experience up close the Embera Indian traditional dances and see how they produce their body paintings, woven baskets, plates and masks. Walk through the lush and exotic  jungle to see an abundant variety of wildlife and birds.  You will walk by clear waterfalls.

Enjoy a traditional Embera meal comprised of Patacones and fried fish/chicken

Embera Tour details: Pick up is at 8:30 AM and the tour lasts until 5 pm.

What to bring: Bring sunblock, walking shoes, comfortable and light clothing and eagerness to learn from this culture.

What the tour includes:

  • Ground and Boat Transportation
  • Typical Embera Lunch
  • Beverages and local fruits
  • Entrance to the park

Expert Guide Cost: US$ 130 p/person (min. 2 pax)

To make a reservation call: In Panama: 836-5333 Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451 Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Rates for the Embera Day Tour

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Our rates for the Emberá Day Tour are:

US$130  p/passenger (min. 2 pax)

Children 5 – 12 years old pay US$70.00

Children under 5 years old FREE

For reservations or questions, call us:

In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Embera Tribe Language

The Embera tribe are very friendly and open people.  They like to share their culture and learn from others.   They speak Spanish and some of them have a basic level of English.

Embera people
Take the Embera Tour to meet the Embera people and its culture.  It will be an amazing experience!

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Foundation of the Embera Village

The Embera people originally lived their lives in the Darien province, but due to the proximity to their neighbor Colombia and their guerrillas and drug traffickers, the area turned out a little dangerous.

So that, in 1975 the Embera native Emilio Caisamo and his family founded a new community 4 miles upriver from the Lake Alajuela in the Chagres River (90 minutes from Panama City approx).   He named it Embera Drua.  Later on, Emilio´s sons got married and started new families in this area.  Little by little, other member of the Embera tribe in the Darien Province moved to Lake Alajuela.

Embera Family
The community of Embera Drua are happily living in this new location closer to Panama City because as a consequence of this moving, they have some kind of access to medical services and some education without losing their identity, respecting their traditions and life style.  Come and take the Embera Tour to see by yourself how nice these people are.

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Political Organization of the Embera Tribe

As every well organized tribe, the Embera´s learned that they need to have  leadership.   They have a Chief of the village, the secretary, the accountant and different committees.   Every committee has its own chief and organization.

Embera Tribe

They have a Tourism Committee and an Artisans Committee, due to the fact that this village makes a living from the daily visit of  tourists and the commerce of their handcrafts.  Take the Embera Tour to learn about the life style of this nice community.

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Wheather in the Chagres Area

The Chagres area where the Embera tribe inhabits has two seasons around the year, the Dry Season and the Rainy Season.

The dry season (or summer) goes from mid November to March with temperatures around the high 80ºF (high 20ºC) during daytime and 70ºF (low 20ºC) during nighttime.   The rainy season (winter) goes from April to November with temperatures almost the same as the dry season but not so breezy.

Rio Chagres - Embera Tribe
Come with us!  Enjoy the magical Embera Tour during your stay in Panama.  You will love the experience!

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Location of the Embera Tribe

The Embera tribe lives on a dam called Lake Alajuela on the upper side of the Chagres River, an hour away from Panama City plus 45 minutes by canoe.  This lake is very important due to the fact that supplies water to the Panama Canal.    The Embera people have built their village 4 miles upriver from Lake Alajuela, within the limits of the National Park.

Embera Canoe
To take you to the Embera Tour you will be driven by bus or mini van to Lake Alajuela.   On the shores of Lake Alajuela  there´s a dock called “Puerto Corotu” where you will be transport upriver to the Embera Native Community by piragua (native canoe).  This is an hour canoe ride and a wonderful experience out of “National Geographic” you will never forget!

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

The Chagres and the Embera Tribe

The Embera tribe inhabit the Chagres National Park.   The tribe live by the river, they need it.  The natives use the river for cooking, washing or bathing.  The children learn to swim at very early age.

Chagres River

The Chagres River is very important because it provides water to Panama City and Colón and also provides the 80% of the water needed for the functioning of the Panama Canal.   Get to know the Embera Tribe and the Chagres River with the Embera Tour.

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Embera Crafts

The Embera Tribe has the ability to make very nice hand-made crafts.   Most of them do it for a living.  They make necklaces, colorful baskets, cocobolo carvings and much more.

Embera Crafts
During the Embera Tour we offer, you will have the chance to buy very nice sourvenirs from the Embera natives.

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com

Embera Dance

This is a traditional dance performed by the Embera women.  They usually are performed in groups during parties and ceremonies.

Embera Dance
The instruments they use are native flutes, drums, and maracas.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy the Embera dancing during the Embera Tour in Panama.

To make a reservation call:
In Panama: 836-5333
Toll Free (USA): (1-866)390-3451
Email us at:  info@emberatour.com