🏨 Embera Tribe and River Eco Tour Panama 5h Activity - Travel Guide

Embera Tribe and River Eco Tour Panama 5h

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From $75.00

12 reviews   (4.75)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 5 hours

Departs: Panama, Panama

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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All travelers will be collected from the city hotel and we will drive 45 minutes to Corotu, then board a canoe for a 35-minute trip along the river, then we will arrive at the Embera Community.

Bring a bathing suit if you’d like to swim in the river, which is the perfect place to cool off from the tropical heat. Return to the canoe for the 25-minute ride to an Embera village.

You’ll have time to explore the village, get to know some local people, and learn about life in the Embera community. Sit down to a traditional Embera lunch, then watch a dance that depicts the Embera’s relationship with the natural world. Before departing the village, shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs made by the local people. Head back down the river by canoe, and meet the bus for the return trip to Panama City.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bilingual driver English or Spanish

Bottled water

Embera community fee

Seasonal Fruits (Pineapple, Orange, tangerine, bananas)

Tilapia Fish and fried plantain

What's Not Included


Waterfall (On this flash tour we do not visit the Waterfall)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 6
  • ADULT: Age: 7 - 94

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Ride a canoe up the Gatun River, and visit a traditional Embera village on a full-day trip from Panama City. Learn about traditional food, culture, and dances


* Cruise along the waterways and lakes that make up the famous Chagres River
* Explore the indigenous cultures of one of our National Park aboard a dugout canoe.
* Enjoy lunch (Fish and plantains) and cultural presentations with members of the local Embera tribe.
* Great mix of sightseeing, wildlife, and traditional native culture

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Chagres River
Ride a canoe up the Chagres River for 30 minutes to get to the Embera Tribe

• Admission Ticket Free

Rio Gatun
This beautiful river is part of the Panama Canal watershed. Its waters are crystal clear and surrounded by beautiful tropical forest. It is in front of the indigenous community and can cool off the heat.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Once in a lifetime experience!
heyyfoxy, 28-10-2022
Levy was amazing!!! He told us this was his favorite tour and I can see why. My boyfriend and I have done many tours and this is hands down our favorite tour EVER. The tribe is very welcoming and Levy as a guide makes you feel like you are apart of the tribe.

The tour starts off in a canoe and you are taken up the river. We then hiked about a mile to an amazing waterfall. This is a must do and the members of the tribe are there to help you. It is not difficult at all. We also swam in the the river / waterfall. Levy took amazing pictures of us throughout the hike and in the falls.

After the hike you then go back in the canoe where you meet the village of the Emberá. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It is so amazing to learn about their heritage and way of life. Levy did an excellent job translating for us as we do not speak Spanish. The tribe cooks you fresh fish caught from the river and it tastes sooooo good!! I also got a temporary tattoo free handed from the tribe members. After lunch we danced with the tribe and took a lot of photos! This is an experience I will never forget!! I recommend bringing some cash because the tribe has so many beautiful hand made pieces from rose wood, hand woven baskets, and hand beaded jewelry. Also don’t forget to bring cookies for the kids in the tribe! They are so appreciative and seeing them so happy brought a smile to our faces.

Please do not miss this opportunity to experience a simpler way of life. The money the tribe makes off the tour helps sustain their village. You will not be disappointed on this tour!
Beautiful experience
Petrusch2016, 17-05-2022
We really loved the trip on the river to the Embera village, see how they live and hear about their traditions and customs. It was a real experience and very authentic.
AMAZING! Definitely do this excursion!
marissad904, 16-08-2021
Our tour guide Enrique Levy was amazing! He promptly picked us up and gave us a ton of information about panama on our way to the embera village. He brought us waters and ponchos and was always looking to do things that would enhance our experience. Once we got to the village he translated for us so we could really take in everything the tribe was telling us about their culture. The embera people were so welcoming. They greeted us and made us the most delicious lunch you will ever eat. Then they answered questions, offered temporary tattoos to anyone who wanted one, and showed us their crafts. After we did some shopping they showed us their traditional dances and music. We were invited to dance with them and be a part of it. At the end they gifted us their flower crowns and waved us off. It was an experience you do not want to miss. It was amazing! And if you can get enrique as your tour guide it will be even better!
Best part of Panama
JuiceeJackee, 20-07-2021
This was an amazing experience. I met Levy who was my tour guy and he showed us and explained pretty much everything you would like to know about Panama. We met the leader of one of the tribes and they explained their culture, fed us, & danced for us. They showed us how they live and what they grow and eat. The canoe was hand made; the water was fresh and clear. The fruits were juicy and fresh. I even got a Hannah tattoo lol It was amazing best part was shopping jewelry that were hand made by them. I will definitely recommend this tour w/ Levy. Thank you Levy for your time and great experience.
Quennie_A, 03-12-2021
I would only recommend this because its a once in a lifetime experience and also supports the Embera tribe. However, the cost of this tour is way overpriced on just 3 hours of experience we had. We weren't even able to hike and swim on the river/falls because of the bad weather which is understandable due to our safety but I guess there should be at least a refund of a SMALL portion since we weren't able to experience the full tour.