Chargres River and the Embera Indians (Approximately 8 hours)
You will be picked up early in the morning at the lobby of your hotel by the Naturalist Guide who will transfer you to the embarkation point of El Corotu, which is on the shores of Madden Lake in the heart of the Chagres National Park.
The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, you board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua.
The boat journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot the Little Blue and Green Herons; the Great Egret; Anhingas; the Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers; along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying overhead. At the Embera village you will be greeted with traditional dancing and music.
There you will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch you will be head back to Panama City.