Panama Province - Panama City
Panama Canal Railway, Portobelo & Embera Quera Indian Village

Early in the morning a Panama Trails representative will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the local train station (Corozal).   Undertake a train trip on the historical and original railway course from Panama City to Colón. This 1-hour travel leads you through the jungle and along the Panama Canal. This course was finished in 1855. The French Panama Canal company had acquired the railway line in 1880, as an assistance to build the Canal. In 1904 the Americans bought the Canal and the railway line and were operating it line until 1979. In 1998, Panama privatized the railway line and renewed it completely. Since 2001, the course is again passable and a unique attraction. After the beautiful train trip, you will continue with your guide from Colón to the port of Portobelo. This port was the gathering point of the Peruvian treasures in the 15th century. The gold and silver was shipped from here towards the metropolis of the empire, and in addition, Portobelo was the center of control and inspection of the goods, which arrived from Spain. The ruin complex is built and set up in the middle of the tropical jungle and covers a set of fortresses, castles and military bases. After this historical excursion, you will continue to an Embera Indian Village on Gatun River. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany you on a short boat trip to the village. Downriver you will step out of the dugout canoes and enter the village of the Embera Indians, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Embera tribe will welcome you at the pier and gladly give you an idea on how they still live today. The village's chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to you. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. You can also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on your arm or leg. After the tour, transportation back to your Panama City Hotel will be provided.   



Included

Transportation from and to Panama City Hotel, English speaking guide & entrance fees. 



Duration

09 hours  



What to bring

Comfortable clothes and shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water  



Food

Light lunch.


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