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See the Panama Canal up close and personal as we ride along its waters and see its wonders, like a complex lock system, traveling vessels, and wildlife.
For this tour we start with free hotel pick-up to central Panama City hotels at 8 a.m. and head north to Chagres National Park. Once we arrive at Puerto Corotu on the banks of Lake Alajuela, our Embera friends will be waiting to take us up the Chagres River aboard their version of a dugout canoe. We are brought to the village where our hosts will be waiting. We will witness a presentation about their culture along with a traditional dance. We will have the opportunity to walk around and explore the village.
A light lunch of fried fish, plantains, and fresh fruit will be prepared by our hosts. We will then have opportunities to buy handicrafts and receive traditional “tattoos” which will fade away after a few days. We will then load back into the canoe for our return to Panama City for hotel drop-off.
This tour requires a minimum of two adult passengers to start, and is a wonderful selection for those who love nature. All the areas we will visit are remote and known bird watching areas. It is very common that we see monkeys, sloths, and other jungle wildlife. There is not much strenuous activity on this tour, but it does require entering and exiting a canoe and optional walking around the rain forest. Please let us know if anyone in your group has problems with mobility.
Also, please keep in mind that we will be visiting remote areas and we may have to deal with nature. If it rains there is a chance you will get wet. We have umbrellas and ponchos for your use, but rain is a fact of life in Panama and it must be prepared for no matter what time of year.