Chagres River & Embera Indigenous People

A perfect opportunity to visit an indigenous village in the midst of an exceptionally wonderful natural setting that supports in harmony their lifestyle and traditions. The Embera indigenous people still live today as many decades ago in their original homes deep in the Darien. Learn about their traditional dances, music, singing, use of plants and flowers as natural medicine, construction of their housing and many more customs they are still practicing.

PRICE US$150 per person + 7% tax (4+ passengers), US$225 per person + 7% tax (2-3 passengers)

INCLUDED Bilingual naturalist guide, traditional Embera lunch, park/community and related fees, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Canopy Tower, Playa Bonita  or hotels near Tocumen Airport)

DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.


Early in the morning you are picked up at the lobby of your hotel by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama Naturalist Guide and transferred to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake.

The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, you board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to an Embera indigenous village.

The boat journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Embera village you will be greeted with dancing and music.

You will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch of fried fish and plantains wrapped in a banana tree leaf, accompanied by fresh fruits and beverages, you will be heading back to Panama City. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies to be prepared in advance.



  • 8:00 a.m. Approximate pick up time at your hotel in Panama City (depending on your hotel location)
  • 7 hours Approximate tour duration

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  • Binoculars (available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
  • Camera
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect Repellant
  • Light clothing (T-Shirt and shorts)
  • Light raincoat
  • Good traction footwear
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Cash in small denominations is suggested if interested in purchasing handicrafts


Ancon Expeditions is Panama’s top eco-tourism operator. Our Natural & Cultural History Guides are the country's finest. Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

  • Naturalist guide/Tour leader: US$10.00-US$20.00 per person/day
  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase


"Really enjoyed working with Ancon Expeditions.  Good guides, very professional and knowledgeable.  LOVED  the Embrera indigenous people’s tour today.  Always on time, helpful."

David Nelson & Laurie Watkins (USA)

"Just to let you know that your tour guides were awesome today.They did a really good job and entertained my wife a lot. I will let my friends know to give u a call when they come to Panama later this year. hope they can get the same guys.Thanks"

Jodel Giraud, USA

“I want to take this time and thank you for your outstanding service, the tour was absolutely amazing, the people I was with including myself had wonderful time. I count it as one of the top 3 experiences of my life!! What a wonderful friendly beautiful people with a rich culture and amazing story. Rick, our tour guide was nothing short of outstanding his knowledge and willingness to make this a memorable experience really enhanced the day.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for giving me this opportunity! “

C.J. Ricard, Canada

“Beautiful people and we learned so much from them. The ride in the dugout canoe through the lush forest of the Chagres National Park was a wonderful experience.”

Pete Miller, USA