Colon (Cristobal) Embera Indian Tour Excursion Reviews

Journey into the lives of the Embera Indians on a tropical adventure in Colón! You will experience excitement, bliss and tranquility as you explore this culturally rich and preserved tribe.
a lot of hiking up and down to village.
Sail Date: March 2019
a lot of hiking up and down to village. Beautiful people beautiful canal
a lot of hiking up and down to village. Beautiful people beautiful canal Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good job on this by the tour company that worked with Celebrity (Adventure 2000).
Sail Date: March 2019
Good job on this by the tour company that worked with Celebrity (Adventure 2000). Tour also went to locks. If you've been to Panama before and went to Panama City, this would be a good experience instead of that.
Good job on this by the tour company that worked with Celebrity (Adventure 2000). Tour also went to locks. If you've been to Panama before and went to Panama City, this would be a good experience instead of that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I really enjoyed this tour whether it was fake or not.
Sail Date: October 2018
I really enjoyed this tour whether it was fake or not. The Embrera Indian villagers appear to be living just as they might have lived for a long time, with the exception of motors on their dugouts and the fact that the children are ... Read More
I really enjoyed this tour whether it was fake or not. The Embrera Indian villagers appear to be living just as they might have lived for a long time, with the exception of motors on their dugouts and the fact that the children are required to attend school. The guide said they really choose to live the traditional life in order to protect and continue their culture. If this is true then supporting them through tourism is wonderful. If they really don't live in this village and they are just putting on a show, it was still a lot of fun and very interesting to see how the Embrera people lived. The opportunity to see the rainforest and imagine being there at the time the canal was being built certainly gave a better understanding of the difficulties encountered in building the canal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Go go go.
Sail Date: September 2018
Go go go. Loved every minute of this day.
Go go go. Loved every minute of this day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Briefly, Seen the Embera Indian Village - very interesting.
Sail Date: November 2017
Briefly, Seen the Embera Indian Village - very interesting. Did NOT SEE rainforest unless putting around for an hour + looking for monkey's, sloth's etc. counted New Canal Observation center was CLOSED when we got there. ... Read More
Briefly, Seen the Embera Indian Village - very interesting. Did NOT SEE rainforest unless putting around for an hour + looking for monkey's, sloth's etc. counted New Canal Observation center was CLOSED when we got there. Eventually they did show a short film on construction of the lock, BUT DID NOT GET ANY PERSONAL TOUR of lock that was promised in the write up. Shopping stop was cancelled because we had to hurry back to the ship. Funnt thing we were back to the ship 2 1/2 hrs before sail away. Plenty of time for short shopping stop. This tour is a TOTAL RIP OFF!!!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The native village looked a bit fake, making us wonder whether they were staying at the Marriott ...
Sail Date: February 2017
The native village looked a bit fake, making us wonder whether they were staying at the Marriott between visits!
The native village looked a bit fake, making us wonder whether they were staying at the Marriott between visits! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
good way to get off the boat to see Panamanian countryside.
Sail Date: February 2017
good way to get off the boat to see Panamanian countryside. fun time - watch for fish bones in lunch
good way to get off the boat to see Panamanian countryside. fun time - watch for fish bones in lunch Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Embera Indian tour was perfect.
Sail Date: December 2016
Embera Indian tour was perfect. It was fun seeing and meeting the Indians and seeing their crafts. Learning about their history was very interesting as well. A great toudr!
Embera Indian tour was perfect. It was fun seeing and meeting the Indians and seeing their crafts. Learning about their history was very interesting as well. A great toudr! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Indian village experience was amazing.
Sail Date: November 2016
The Indian village experience was amazing. However, the trip to the village from the ship was not well represented. It took us 2.5 hours to get there and the bus driver was driving excessively fast. I did not feel safe with this driver.
The Indian village experience was amazing. However, the trip to the village from the ship was not well represented. It took us 2.5 hours to get there and the bus driver was driving excessively fast. I did not feel safe with this driver. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent!
Sail Date: November 2016
Excellent! Don't miss the opportunity to visit this village and learn from the Embera.
Excellent! Don't miss the opportunity to visit this village and learn from the Embera. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Got some great photos of Indians.
Sail Date: October 2016
Got some great photos of Indians.
Got some great photos of Indians. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Loved the visit with the Embera Indians.
Sail Date: October 2016
Loved the visit with the Embera Indians. Totally enchanting and educational!
Loved the visit with the Embera Indians. Totally enchanting and educational! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
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Sail Date: March 2016
1. An hour and a half bus ride, 2. then a 7 minute motored canoe ride 3. to a village of uninhabited straw huts ( the villagers actually live in concrete buildings behind the "village" with satellite dishes, computers, tvs) ... Read More
1. An hour and a half bus ride, 2. then a 7 minute motored canoe ride 3. to a village of uninhabited straw huts ( the villagers actually live in concrete buildings behind the "village" with satellite dishes, computers, tvs) 4. the villagers wear Hawaiian costumes (that they tell you they bought online from China) 5. then feed you tilapia that they grew in a kiddie pool behind the huts 6. as they try to sell you baskets, jewelry, trinkets that they also admit buying from China sounds authentic and fun to you, then this is the excursion for you! The exact items that they try to sell you and they also sell right at the port for less. Save money by buying it at the port. If you bring candy for the kids the adult men will take it and eat it right in front of you. They also beg for donations. Ostensibly for the kids. You know, like the candy. The kids have uniforms that they wear to school and also they wear regular western clothing when the tourists aren't around. It is a total sham. An interesting scam, but there is nothing authentic about this place. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The visit to the indigenous village was nice: they gave us a quick information session, danced for ...
Sail Date: January 2016
The visit to the indigenous village was nice: they gave us a quick information session, danced for us and sold us their wares.
The visit to the indigenous village was nice: they gave us a quick information session, danced for us and sold us their wares. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Outstanding excursion!
Sail Date: December 2015
Outstanding excursion! Be sure to take the full day excursion where you go up the river to the actual village. Even if this is your first time in the Panama Canal, you still get to experience the first set of locks before you head out on ... Read More
Outstanding excursion! Be sure to take the full day excursion where you go up the river to the actual village. Even if this is your first time in the Panama Canal, you still get to experience the first set of locks before you head out on the excursion. One of my favorite excursions ever! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The highlight of my trip, stepped way out of my comfort zone, and enjoyed it thoroughly!
Sail Date: September 2015
The highlight of my trip, stepped way out of my comfort zone, and enjoyed it thoroughly! Highly recommend.
The highlight of my trip, stepped way out of my comfort zone, and enjoyed it thoroughly! Highly recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It took us 3 hrs and 10 mins from ship to village.
Sail Date: April 2015
It took us 3 hrs and 10 mins from ship to village. 2 hours was in the canoe. One hour was spent crossing a large lake getting pelted in the face with water...continually. The worst experience I've ever had on any excursion!! The ... Read More
It took us 3 hrs and 10 mins from ship to village. 2 hours was in the canoe. One hour was spent crossing a large lake getting pelted in the face with water...continually. The worst experience I've ever had on any excursion!! The village itself was fun, but not worth what we went thru. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
canoed across the lake (power long-boat canoe that took a dozen passengers) to the indian village ...
Sail Date: December 2014
canoed across the lake (power long-boat canoe that took a dozen passengers) to the indian village where we joined the tribe for lunch and ceremonial entertainment and had time to interract with the villagers including purchasing some of ... Read More
canoed across the lake (power long-boat canoe that took a dozen passengers) to the indian village where we joined the tribe for lunch and ceremonial entertainment and had time to interract with the villagers including purchasing some of their handicrafts. Food was great (fried local fish and plantains wrapped in banana leaves). It was a fascinating experience and the indians were informative an friendly. children were delightful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent tour to see this tribe and how the people live.
Sail Date: January 2014
Excellent tour to see this tribe and how the people live. Includes boat ride, rainforest tour with shaman describing medicinal plants, lunch (fish, plantains and fruit) and dance performance as well as sale of handcrafts.
Excellent tour to see this tribe and how the people live. Includes boat ride, rainforest tour with shaman describing medicinal plants, lunch (fish, plantains and fruit) and dance performance as well as sale of handcrafts. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The ride from Colon which is a decrepit city to the Embera Indian village took us half way across ...
Sail Date: March 2013
The ride from Colon which is a decrepit city to the Embera Indian village took us half way across the isthmus and up some unpaved roads to dugout canoes on a river. The Indian village is fascinating and the mini lectures by the native ... Read More
The ride from Colon which is a decrepit city to the Embera Indian village took us half way across the isthmus and up some unpaved roads to dugout canoes on a river. The Indian village is fascinating and the mini lectures by the native chief is informative. The bathroom facilities are crude but sufficient. We bought several unique handcraft items there as the Indians only source of income comes from craftwork since the area was turned into a National Park and they can not farm it as they once did. This excursion was one of the best I have been on. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Once in Gatun Lake, we tendered off the Zuiderdam as we were booked on the well-reviewed excursion ...
Sail Date: January 2013
Once in Gatun Lake, we tendered off the Zuiderdam as we were booked on the well-reviewed excursion to the Embera Indian village. We ended up seated in the front of the canoe and ended up being "Well splashed" en route. ... Read More
Once in Gatun Lake, we tendered off the Zuiderdam as we were booked on the well-reviewed excursion to the Embera Indian village. We ended up seated in the front of the canoe and ended up being "Well splashed" en route. It's a good thing it was 85 degrees and a sunny day! The provided ponchos kept our main body dry but arms and legs were soaked, as was my wallet. We very much enjoyed the visit and found the Embrea to be a warm and welcoming people. We also were able to see more of Panama than can be viewed during a canal transit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This tour was awesome!
Sail Date: December 2012
This tour was awesome! Be sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. I wish I had brought some stickers or something to give to the children in the village. They were adorable! I definitely would tell everyone to go on this
This tour was awesome! Be sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet. I wish I had brought some stickers or something to give to the children in the village. They were adorable! I definitely would tell everyone to go on this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We did this as part of Celebrity's "Grand Tour." The only thing we experienced was a short ...
Sail Date: December 2012
We did this as part of Celebrity's "Grand Tour." The only thing we experienced was a short explanation of their culture and dress. They performed a few dances for us and then gave us a few moments to peruse their handicrafts
We did this as part of Celebrity's "Grand Tour." The only thing we experienced was a short explanation of their culture and dress. They performed a few dances for us and then gave us a few moments to peruse their handicrafts and shop. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very interesting and fun.
Sail Date: December 2012
Very interesting and fun. To get there we went in dug out canoes across the lake and to a waterfall that was beautiful and refreshing, then stopped at the village where they fed us fish they had caught and grilled, very good. Gave us some ... Read More
Very interesting and fun. To get there we went in dug out canoes across the lake and to a waterfall that was beautiful and refreshing, then stopped at the village where they fed us fish they had caught and grilled, very good. Gave us some history and did some dancing for us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Highly recommend.
Sail Date: November 2012
Highly recommend. One major disappointment - when we got off the bus we had to walk down a slippery mud embankment to get into boat. There needs to be a railing to hold on to. There is one at the village. Between the rain and the water ... Read More
Highly recommend. One major disappointment - when we got off the bus we had to walk down a slippery mud embankment to get into boat. There needs to be a railing to hold on to. There is one at the village. Between the rain and the water from the motor driven dug out canoe, 30 minutes couldn't come soon enough to get to village. An experience I would repeat. We were very much welcomed by the natives. While the guide gave us a history, we were offered home cooked fried tilapia and plantains in a home made leaf pouch and fresh fruit. Food was good. Men played instruments and men, women, & children danced. Bring small bills to buy their home made wares. Bracelets were $5 with plates from $20 to $50. I didn't buy enough bracelets. After arriving back to Colon, we were told to stay in port. There is nothing in port unless you want to eat. Unless you didn't get enough pictures of Panama Canal, take an excursion and get off ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises