Day trip

Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

4.9 / 5

37 reviews

Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

From US$ 109 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Portuguese, English
Pickup included
Pickup at hotels or accommodation in downtown of Panama City is provided.
Private or small groups available


  • Visit an indigenous Embera village, hidden far from civilization
  • 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 cacique or chief, while enjoying some seasonal fruit, then 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
  • Wheelchair users
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Sandals or flip flops

Know before you go

  • It is recommended that you wear sports clothing and shoes. Expect them to get wet, so be sure to bring a change of clothing and a swimsuit as well
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 37 reviews

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So fun! The village is a real indigenous village and the food they serve you is so amazing. The hike and boat ride are so much fun and it is amazing to see the jungle up close and swim in the river. The guides were also so fun and friendly. Would go again!

September 28, 2021

Well organized, fairly priced outing. The schedule included several activities but mostly didn’t feel rushed. I would have preferred another hour to hike in the rainforest and look at birds and other wildlife, but I was traveling with a friend with mobility difficulties, and this outing was within range for him, which is not easy to do. Overall, a good balance of nature, people, culture.

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February 21, 2020

Optimal tour to the Emberas. Our druid, Dan, was well prepared, nice, competent, flexible and a real buddy. Recommended although the whole thing comes across as very touristy. The 'march' to the waterfall is really fun (sturdy trecking sandals are the best footwear!) And is an absolute MUST for every nature lover.

November 17, 2019

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