Colon welcomes you to one of humanity's most extraordinary engineering endeavours the Panama Canal. This extraordinary waterway connects two of the world’s great oceans and on opening saved ships from an epic and treacherous 8 000 mile voyage around Cape Horn. Take an old world voyage on the regally romantic Panama Railway Canal which preceded the canal and was constructed at extraordinary human cost to traverse Panama’s narrow land. A side trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Portobelo is also a must. View more
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Panama City, Embera Indian Tribe
This tour was designed for you to step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years; to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. More than a tour, this is a journey into the lives of the Embera Indian Tribe. A proud people, who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region. Start out the expedition aboard an air-conditioned vehicle where a knowledgeable guide will give you an overview of Panama on the way to the jungles of the Central Region.
Rainforest, Chagres River
Your host will prepare you for the cultural feast you are about to experience by sharing the history and customs of the Emberá Indians who are the keepers of the Rainforest and Chagres River. When you arrive at the Chagres National Park, you will leave the comfort of your vehicle to board the dug out canoes that will take you to the Emberá Village. Although not the most luxurious, these dug outs are sturdy and worthy craft which were critical in the conquering of the jungle and in establishing supply lifelines for both Indians and Spanish. After motoring up river, you will see the village emerge from the jungle as if by magic. Keep your eyes open along the way, as the region offers abundant wildlife that is particularly active along the river's edge.
Indian Village, dances, cultural exchange
In the Village, the Chief will welcome you with traditional Emberá hospitality. A series of dances have been arranged to add to this cultural exchange.
Feel free to wonder the village, ask questions or interact with these quiet people, respect and privacy is appreciated when exploring their home.
The Embera men and woman are spectacular craftsmen have produced some beautiful items, which will be available for purchase as souvenirs or keepsakes of this unique experience.All too soon, it is time to return to your century, where the bliss and tranquility of older days has been all but forgotten.