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Overnight with the Embera Tribe + Waterfall + Cultural Immersion
Join us on this unforgettable experience spending one or more nights in a traditional Embera Indian village, only 1 hour from Panama City. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, far from civilization and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Animal lovers will be delighted to witness close encounters with monkeys, while being immersed in the lush rainforest wildlife. Over 900 species of plant species have been identified. There are 114 mammal species, including Baird’s tapirs, whitetail deer, Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, and all five species of big cats. Of the 396 species of birds, there are stripe-cheeked woodpeckers, red-legged honeycreepers, violet-capped hummingbirds, and even harpy eagles. Additionally, there are 96 reptile species, 79 amphibian species, and 59 species of freshwater fish.
On this tour you will meet the Embera Indians, spending one or more nights with them, experiencing their way of life, learning about their culture, witnessing their mesmerizing music, handcrafts and happy yet simple village life.
At 8am your friendly, bi-lingual driver will pick you up from your Panama City hotel. Sit back and relax in our comfortable, air-conditioned car while gazing at the various sites we will pass on our 40 minute drive to our tour starting point in the Chagres National Park. While only less than one hour away from Panama City, you will find yourself in the middle of the jungle on the banks of the Chagres river in one of the furthest Embera villages up the river. Here you will meet the Drua Embera Indian tribe that has managed to reject our modern, technological ways of life and maintained its simple traditions.
At the port of the Chagres River, an Embera Indian will take you and your guide in a traditional boat called piragua on a 25 minute ride upstream to the Mono waterfall, where you can take a refreshing plunge. After the delightful refreshment, we continue to the Embera community, situated in the middle of the rainforest. The locals will warmly greet you with warm smiles. After checking into your traditional cabin, an Embera family will prepare a delicious, fresh lunch for you, followed by fresh, local fruits. Enjoy the innocent, curious glances of the Embera kids playing nearby, while our guide shares his knowledge with you, explaining about the community, history and art. The tribe will show off their traditional music and dances, giving you the chance to take photos and videos of their unique customs. We can also take a short hike along the trails through the magnificent rainforest where you can discover and learn about the endemic flora and its medicinal uses. At night the Embera will prepare a bonfire, as is customary in their culture.
- Min 2 Guests
- 1 night - $179 per person
- Additional nights - $69 per person
- Duration - multi-day
- Start time - 8:00am - daily
- Pick-up and drop off at your Panama City lodging
- Well-maintained, air-conditioned car
- Overnight stay in a traditional Embera village
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (typically fresh river fish with Patacones and fresh fruit)
- Welcome music to the Embera village
- Fishing experience
- Tour of the village
- Traditional dances and music
- Bonfire and cultural experience
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel pickup and drop-off outside of Panama City (Surcharge applies for hotels outside of Panama City, i.e. Playa Bonita)
- Henna Tattoo
- Beverages (you are welcome to bring your own drinks)
WHAT TO BRING
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Swim attire
- Insect Repellent
- Don't forget to bring your smiles :)
In the purchase of this tour you are contributing directly to the preservation of the Embera Community and its traditions. Tour subject to availability.
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TOUR CANCELATION POLICY
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CANCELED OR POSTPONED TOURS
Occasionally, tours are canceled or postponed due to weather or ocean conditions, mechanical failure, or other unforeseen events. Should this occur, we will attempt to contact you about the cancellations and to inform you of refund or exchange procedures for that tour. For exact instructions on any canceled or postponed tour, please contact us. In the case of a cancellation of your tour by Tao Travel 365, we will refund your tour or schedule you for another tour, as detailed below.
All sales are final. No refunds are available unless a tour is canceled or postponed, or we are given 48 hours advance noticed whereby a 50 percent refund will be awarded. We will offer refunds of the full face value of the tour(s) that are canceled or postponed (or, if a discounted tour, then instead the discounted tour price paid). No refunds are offered on any service, payment processing or convenience fees. To receive a refund for a canceled or postponed tour, contact us at email@example.com within 3 days of the tour cancellation and write "refund" in the subject line. Instructions will be provided in order to obtain your refund.
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COVID 19 CANCELATION POLICY
If you have a booking with us that isn’t covered in the policy above but has been impacted by COVID-19, you may still be eligible to change or cancel your booking if:
- You are impacted by the travel and/or disease control restrictions implemented by your local authorities or the authorities in your destination of travel.
- You are a medical professional and must perform duties in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.
- You have been diagnosed or are suspected of being infected with COVID-19 by health authorities.In any of these cases, you may cancel your booking with a 100% refund, less service, payment processing or convenience fees. Please note that we require official proof of how Covid 19 has impacted your travel plans.
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