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Private Emberá Village Day Tour

During your time in Panama, learn a bit about the indigenous Emberá people on this private day trip from Panama City to a village in the rainforest, which you'll reach by riverboat. You will be welcomed and immersed into the local culture as you interact with members of the Emberá community, enjoy traditional music and dancing, and have an opportunity to purchase their beautiful handmade crafts.

per adult from




8 hours


Mobile ticket

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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • All activities
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Indigenes Embera
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • Your private day trip starts with hotel pickup in Panama City in the morning for the 1-hour drive to Lake Alajuela, part of the Panama Canal watershed, where members of the Emberá village will meet you with their dugout canoe. Head across the lake and upriver for about 45 minutes or so (depending on the level of the river) toward the village. Along the way, you have the option to stop by a waterfall (based on the weather conditions and accessibility) for a dip in the cool water.

    Upon arrival at the village, receive a traditional greeting of music as the villagers welcome you to their community. Wander around for about 10 minutes to explore the village on your own before a short presentation about Emberá culture, traditions, and crafts. After lunch, you can take an optional short hike in the rainforest with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants, and then enjoy more free time to walk around, purchase crafts, get a temporary tattoo, or have a conversation with some of the Emberá people.

    Finally, the villagers perform traditional shamanic and celebratory dances and music before you climb back in the canoe to return downriver and on to Panama City.

    Note: This is a private tour, meaning all transportation and your guide is just for you and your group. However, it does not mean that the Emberá village will be closed to other tour groups; there may be tours in the village from other tour operators. If you are interested in arranging a private tour with the village closed to any other outside tours, this can be arranged directly with this local tour operator and is subject to availability.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • 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: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated provided the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist with boarding and disembarking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Guide

Age Req.


Fitness Req.


Group Size


Organised by Embera Village Tours

Activity ID: V-22161P3

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