Embera Village Chagres National Park  •  Indigenous Culture  •  Canoe ride  •  Handcrafts 
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Embera Village
  • Typical lunch and beverages
  • Chagres National Park
  • All-inclusive package
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Age: 9 and up
  • Gateway: Panama City

 

Embera Village

More than ten years ago, several families of Embera indians original from the remote rainforest tribes of Darien`s jungle migrated to Chagres River`s bank, situated at less than hour and half from Panama City.

 

The Chagres River is the main water source of the Panama Canal, and due to its importance in the national economy, the Chagres National Park was founded in 1984 to protect its watershed.

Parara Puru is a demostrative village of the embera`s culture, established in Chagres National Park thanks to its chief`s initiative, Antonio Tocamo. In it, the visitor has the oportunity to appreciate costums and believes of the village in the same way as he would experience it in the remote rainforest tribes of Darien`s jungle.

 


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ITINERARY

We start the tour picking up guesses at 8:00 a.m. at Panama City. We will arrive  around 9:30 a.m. After apreciating it, a historic briefing shall be given, and motorized dugout canoes will be boarded to navigate toward Parara Puru in a twenty minute trip.

At Parara Puru, its chief, Antonio Tocamo, and his people will welcome us. The indians will demonstrate us some of their tipical celebration and curative dances. There would be time to share with the indians in an informal way about their way of life (social, religious, economic and other aspects of their culture).

We'll walk a narrow trail where our indian guide will identify flora species that are used daily due to its properties for medicine, construction of habitat, and handcrafts. After a while we'll reach a lagoon with a waterfall where we take a rest for those who want to swim.

At around 01:00 p.m. will have a lunch in the village, and will have time to buy their famous handcrafts: cocobolo wood and tagua (or vegetable ivory) carving, and parara puru (palm leave) baskets.

At around 02:00 p.m. we will travel back to the closest road to take our vehícle to return back around 2-3:00 p.m.

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, bilingual guides, lunch and beverages, donation to Chagres Foundation.

WHO CAN GO ? Any person from eight to seventy years old, in good health, Minors must travel with a responsible adult.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? Camara, hat, sun protection, sport clothing, sneaker or light boots with good soles, swinsuit and towel, and dry set of clothes for the trip back (there are chances to get wet even if you don't go for a swin).

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Sandals and jewerly.

PRICE:

USD $ 125.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.

SEASON:

Year-round