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Address: Carretera Madden, Colon, Panama
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Located on the eastern side of the Panama Canal, this 300,000-acre park...

Located on the eastern side of the Panama Canal, this 300,000-acre park features the Chagres River and Lake Alajuela, which are popular spots for camping, rafting, fishing and other water sports.

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Day Trip to the Embera Village from Panama City
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Embera Village and Jungle Tour from Panama City

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A day with the Embera indigenous people

On a Caribbean cruise with Oceania, we chose to visit the Embera indigenous people. The Embera are known as the keepers of the rainforest and the Piedra River. On arrival at... read more

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32 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a Caribbean cruise with Oceania, we chose to visit the Embera indigenous people. The Embera are known as the keepers of the rainforest and the Piedra River. On arrival at Chagres National Park, we boarded a motorized catamaran for a trip to the Embera village on the shore of Lake Gatun. Dugout canoes were originally a critical factor in... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Our day trip was arranged and guided by our good friend Luis Calvo of Panama Travel & Tours based in Panama City. We drove to a lake pickup spot in Chagres Nat Park. There we met our Embera guide and host. We boarded the wooden, carved dug out and motored across the lake and into the jungle river. We passed... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We took a Embera dugout canoe ride down the charges river observing the lush flora along the way.we stopped by one particular shore, and found a bunch of monkeys. They seemed friendly enough and even came on board our boat. After they caused some fun havoc, we got on our way again to visit a populated village. The village belongs... More 

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connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

I dont know if this is the correct tour operator, but we had to take this trip as a NCL shore excursion.They would not allow us off the cruise ship unless we booked a NCL shore excursion. Seven years ago I had a wonderful shore excursion With My friend Mario. We were taken for a long canoe ride up the... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

Try this for an amazing experience, I would consider it a "must do" when visiting Panama. A canoe was waiting for us and took us during a 30 minute trip on the Chagres river. I did not expect much but was really surprised about the beautiful and amazing nature all around us. We left the canoe and walked for about... More 

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Bokeelia, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Visiting the Chagres National Forest and meeting the Embreas tribe was by far the highlight of our Panama visit. At first I was not sure about doing this day trip as it was the last full day of our trip, it was raining off and on, and I kinda just wanted to hang out for a day. But my better... More 

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Paradise
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Look, the park itself is great, but the miserable villagers were kind of a sham. 1. An hour and a half bus ride, 2. then a 7 minute power motored canoe ride 3. to a village of uninhabited straw huts ( the villagers actually live in concrete buildings behind the "village" with satellite dishes, computers, tvs) 4. the villagers wear... More 

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New Boston, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

My wife and I booked this excursion with Holland America while on the Zuiderdam. After passing through the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal, the shipped anchored in Gatun Lake. A ferry boat took us to a dock leading us to dozens of buses for the various excursions Holland America had to offer. After our bus was filled, off we... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

Do not miss the chance! Visited Embera village from a cruise ship! Great chance to see a real village with real people. Very friendly and welcoming. Share part of their life. Did have an opportunity to get temporary tattoos and buy some of their local baskets. They supplement their income. Very gentle, friendly people.

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Broadway like production, very slick and entertaining. The Cheif spoke Spanish, English, his dialect and French, but while on display he had an interpreter for us (the audience). The children go into town or abroad for college, but often return to live on the reservation. They are proud of their culture and are working to preserve it through tourism.

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