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Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

Activity provider: Safe Transportation Panama
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From US$ 114.50 per person

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Visit an Embera indigenous village located in the jungle an hour from Panama City. Enjoy a ride on the Chagres River, stop at a waterfall and more.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pick up at hotels or accommodation in downtown of Panama City is provided.
Private or small groups available


  • Visit an Embera indigenous village and get to know the local culture
  • Experience a nature walk in the middle of a tropical forest
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim at a waterfall
Full description

Begin your full-day excursion with an hour-long drive from Panama City to the Chagres National Park. Established in 1984, the park comprises 334,000 acres of forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy a traditional piragua boat ride on the Chagres River, followed by a half-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall that’s hidden from civilization. Enjoy some free time at the waterfall to swim and relax, and then head back to the boat. Continue to an indigenous Embera village, where you’ll learn about their culture. Listen to a speech by the chief or one of the leaders of the community while enjoying some seasonal fruits, then taken in a live performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Transportation by car and boat
  • Guide
  • Seasonal fruit, soda and water
  • Souvenirs (each purchase helps families living in the village)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sports shoes
  • Water shoes
  • Cash
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 79 reviews

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Without a doubt, it was one of the best activities to do in Panama. Fernando was our guide and he was always very open, kind and friendly; in addition to telling us many things about the country and the Emberá culture. As for the indigenous people: impressive. The place lends itself to enjoying the scenery from the canoe and experienced a bit of walking. Once in town, the emberas were super friendly, the food was excellent, and the explanation and cultural demonstration was super interesting. It is very worth it.

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August 18, 2022

Ceasar picked us up from our hotel and gave all of us a 15 minute grace period. On the way to the river, we stopped to get fresh fruit from street vendors. We then took a canoe so that we could hike to this beautiful waterfall. We hiked back and took the canoe to the village where we learned about the Embera village and people. You could also shop, get a native temporary tattoo, and enjoy some traditional dancing. Definitely a fun time. Bring water shoes that you can hike in, bug spray, towel, bookbag (waterproof if possible), and change of clothes.

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August 9, 2022

What an adventure! Cesar (our guide) was wonderful. Group of 7 and pick up was directly from the hotel. Drove to the Chagres National Park, from their took a motorized canoe to the trail. Gorgeous ride through the forest. The hike was a medium, if you are used to an uneven, slippy, rocky path. Lots of wading through water, in some spots just below the knee. Wear waterproof non slip shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting wet. The scenery was fantastic and the reward of swimming at the waterfall, priceless! Boat ride back to the Embera Village for a great freshly prepared lunch of fish, plantains and fresh fruit. The villagers welcomed us and spent time telling the group about their culture. It was so interesting. Time to buy the crafts they make and enjoy a performance of music and dance. I cannot recommend this tour enough. Worth every penny. Thank you for an unforgettable experience. Julie

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July 26, 2022

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