This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet indigenous Embera Indians, a tribal group who live in Panama’s rainforest. After driving into the wilderness of the National Park around the Chagres River, your adventure begins. Here, you'll take a short ride on a lake boat - or "Piraguas" as the Embera call them. Afterwards, you’ll be welcomed ashore by the locals who’ll show you around their simple settlement – a cluster of thatched huts built on stilts. Have a chance to see how they live – sitting on the floor and sleeping on mats – and learn how they move their ladders at night to stop wild animals getting inside. Afterwards, you’ll watch an Embera dance, then, have the chance to see some traditional carvings and knitting handicraft. You’ll also have chance to have a wonder around the village. And to round things off, you’ll get the opportunity to buy some Embera handicrafts, such as handmade baskets and pots.
The journey to the village takes about 90 minutes. You'll need small denominations of US Dollars to buy local handicrafts. The native dress of the Embera people is skimpy so expect nudity.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.