This trip is truly paradise found! The enchanting journey takes us deep into the dense jungles of Chagres where the Embera Indians have lived for centuries. Our adventure begins with a one-hour ride up the river in dugout canoes, the Embera traditional, hand carved boats. During this tranquil journey through the lush rainforest, alive with sounds and radiant flora and fauna, we will negotiate rapids and cross the 25 square kilometer lake Alajuela, where the first vestiges of human presence on the Isthmus were found (dating back 11,000 years).
Upon arrival to the village you will be taken back in time as you are immersed in the ancient Embera cultural dances and music that have not changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500's.
The Embera women are known as one of the world's finest basket makers, and you will be able to watch them create these beautiful objects made out of palm leaves and dyed with natural dyes.
You can also have your body painted with the natural fruit dye called Jagua, used by the Indians for body decorations as well as for its health-giving properties.
Before returning back to civilization, the Indians will offer us a traditional meal of fresh fish and plantains and you will have an opportunity to purchase some of their beautiful handicraft.
What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, swimwear, sunblock, sunglasses, camera , insect repellent and money for souvenirs.
Note: Be prepared for 20-25 minutes hike (medium level), please have your swim wear and wear closed toe shoes (skeaners, water socks, hiking boots).
Kind of tour: Shared or Private
Duration: 7-8 hours approximately
Meeting point/time: 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of your hotel
Finish point: The same as start point or indicated
Transportation: Vehicle/Dugout canoe
What is included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, bilingual tour guide, entrance fee to National Park, boat ride to the village, simple lunch.
What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, swimwear, sun-block, camera, insect repellent and money for souvenirs
Note: Be prepared for 20-25 minutes hike (medium level) and please bring your swim wear and wear closed toe shoes (skeaners, water socks, hiking boots).