Go on a dugout canoe deep in the rainforest and visit the traditional villages of indigenous communities.
|PICK UP||At your hotel in Panama City|
|WHAT TO WEAR||
Comfortable athletic shoes, light leisure clothing and rain jacket/poncho. Don’t forget your insect repellent and sunscreen.
Over the millennia a number of resilient Indigenous groups have settled in the lush forests of Central America. For an unforgettable cultural encounter, this morning head to the heart of the Chagres National Park to interact with the Embera people of Panama.
After being picked up from the lobby you will be transferred to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake. Here you will board a motorized dugout canoe and travel through the dense jungle up the Chagres River to one of the Embera indigenous villages. The boat journey takes you through the verdant, 320 000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the way, you may be able to spot the little blue and green heron, great egret, anhinga, neotropical cormorant and green kingfishers. Upon your arrival at the Embera village, you will be welcomed with traditional dancing and music. You will learn about fascinating Embera traditions and their close relationship with nature.
They are master artisans, famous for their woven baskets and masks, as well as their qualitative wooden carvings of cocobolo and intricate tagua. If you wish, you may purchase some of the handicrafts to bring an authentic piece of Central America home with you. You may also opt to embark on a short hiking excursion on a nearby botanical trail.
After a traditional Embera lunch, you will head back to Panama City. Your tour concludes with a private transfer back to your hotel.