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Ella Drua Embera Tour

Rio Gatun, Panama
+507 6882-1602
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If you have the choice of either seeing the canal, or the village, chose the village.

Most Americans go to Panama to see the canal. We have done so, and enjoyed it.... a lot. But on... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Robert Q
Salt Lake City, Utah
Great experience -don't miss it, it may not be around for long

Arrived by boat to be met by the Embera indigenous people welcoming party - with the men playing... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Cheadle, United Kingdom
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Ella Drua is an indigenous community of about 120 residents of the Embera and Wounaan ethnicities. Although it is very easy to access (only an hour's drive from Panama City, and a scenic five minute canoe ride from the freeway), it is tucked away in jungly hills and feels like a different world.We offer three-hour tours that include presentations on our culture and history, traditional music and dancing, artisan work, lunch, and a nature walk to a nearby waterfall during which you can learn all about the enormously diverse plants we use day to day. We also host visitors overnight, offer guided tours into the jungle, fishing expeditions on the river, and more!Ella Drua has been open to small groups of visitors for years now. Eco-tourism, complemented by fishing and agriculture, is our community's principal source of income.
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Most Americans go to Panama to see the canal. We have done so, and enjoyed it.... a lot. But on a second visit, because we had heard such rave reviews about the village as we toured the canal, we decided to visit the village. A...More

Thank Robert Q
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Arrived by boat to be met by the Embera indigenous people welcoming party - with the men playing home made instruments and the women standing at the top of the hill with the children looking on by the 'big hut'. We then all went to...More

1  Thank HughMc
Reviewed 25 June 2016

This is one of the most unique and eye-opening excursions we have taken. We had done a lot of research before we traveled. We took school supplies (crayons, pencils, pens, glue-sticks etc.) Beginning with the canoe ride and including the meal and dancing; this is...More

Thank James J
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We toured the Embera indigenous village in Panama as part of our our Collette Vacations tour of Panama. We began by boarding dugout canoes for a short trip across the Chagres River to the village. Once there we were entertained by the villagers, given information...More

Thank RandyRoss
Reviewed 25 December 2013

This village is only accessible by boat up the Chagres River, but it was well worth the trip. They prepared a delicious lunch of fried fish and to stones, which we supplemented with fruit that we had purchased that morning from a local Gamboa market...More

2  Thank majorcubfan
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We so appreciate the willingness of the Ella Drua community to share their village and show us a part of the world that we had never seen. These people were so friendly and welcoming to our family of six from the US. They even made...More

3  Thank AME1965
Reviewed 29 January 2013

This was one of the best experiences of my life. Coming from Philadelphia, this was a beautiful getaway and met some wonderful people along the way. The tribe was so friendly and welcoming and I cannot wait to go back!

4  Thank Abigail F
Reviewed 29 October 2012

The village was full of the nicest people i have ever met. Even though there was a slight language barrier we still laughed and had an amazing time. I will visit again

2  Thank shawnpaul108
Reviewed 29 August 2012

I have lived in Panama for nearly two years, and been fortunate enough to get to know a number of the indigenous groups who call the Isthmus home. The Embera-Wounaan are widely known as a warm and welcoming people, with a rich history and an...More

3  Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 24 October 2011

It is a great up close & very personal look into their life. The small size of our group (4) made it a very special day. We all valued our visit. Thank you for the opportunity we had to spend an afternoon with you.

2  Thank Annette K
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