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PACKAGES

Our mission is to connect visitors to the Darien with local artisan groups that are already working to develop ecotourism in their communities. While every village and adventure will be unique, any of the villages that you visit will provide you with comfortable accommodations that include lodging in traditional Embera guest houses, bedding with mosquito nets, and modern bathrooms.

Once you decide which community you would like to visit we can begin designing a visit that will be customized designed for your schedule, budget and appetite for adventure.

 
 

el camino

 
 
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DESCRIPTION

This is the true Darien experience, one for those who know that the journey is not all about the destination.

The hike is an adventure like no other. The journey begins with a boat journey across the Golf of San Miguel to the Afro-antillean town of Garachine. From there you will continue on to the Embera community of Cerro Naipe. The next day begins a 1-2 day hike through the old growth forest of the Darien National Park before arriving to the hidden paradise of Playa Muerto.

This is the ultimate adventure where you can experience both the mystery of the Darien jungle and the magic of its indigenous communities.

All treks can be tailored to your time frame and comfort level. Activities along the way can include: spear fishing in the rivers, classes on native plants and their traditional uses, cultural presentations and, of course, home cooked meals with local dishes and all the fresh fruit that you can eat.

 

activities

  • Hike through old-growth forest as you cross over the mountain of Cerro Sapo before descending to the coastal community of Playa Muerto.
  • A guide from the community will teach you about local plants and their uses in Embera culture.
  • This package includes all the parts of your trip from Garachine up to your arrival in Playa Muerto. That includes guides and your accommodations in Cerro Naipe. This adventure must be paired with the Playa Muerto package which will cover your time and activities there. 

 

 

pijibasal

 
 
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DESCRIPTION

Pijibasal is a small indigenous community of the Embera ethnic group, located in the foothills of the Pirre mountain, Darien National Park. The community is dedicated to subsistence agriculture, the conservation of biodiversity and the rescue of their ancestral culture. Come for a visit to rest, swim, hike, interact with nature or simply live for a few days learning the ways of the Embera: learn the art of basket weaving and wood carving, make natural dyes, cultive the land and taste the traditional dishes from the Embera kitchen.

 

activities

  • Guided hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Presentation of embera artisan work
  • Hike through old-growth forest.

Extra activities

  • Take an overnight hike to the famous cerro Pirre, the 5,400 ft. mountain that is the entrance to the Darien National Park.

 

 
 

 

playa muerto

 
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DESCRIPTION

 The community of Playa Muerto was founded along the turn of the 20th century by Embera families migrating up from Colombia's Choco region. In some ways, little has changed since then. The people of Playa Muerto have maintained their customs and traditions like few other Embera communities have been able to. Their daily activities have evolved in tune to the natural cycle of the forest in which they live.

Visit Playa Muerto to learn about the area’s history but also to be a part of developing its future. Ecotourism helps provide the Embera people with the opportunity to share their culture and the complex relationship they have developed with the natural world. It is a way to support these local communities to stay intact and generate an income that provides an alternative to local youth who otherwise would have to move to the city in search of employment.

 

activities

  • The waterfall
  • Hike to the Casa de Tulivieja
  • Spearfishing in the river
  • Swim in the lagoon

 

Extra activities

  • Fishing trips along the coast
  • Visit to the nest of the Harpy Eagle, Panama's national bird
  • Cultural Presentation

 

 
 

 

mogue

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DESCRIPTION

Mogue is located in bay of San Miguel. Just an hour by boat from the provincial capital of La Palma. It is a treasure trove of Embera culture and lays within the Punta Patiño Private Nature Reserve. This is the perfect destination for those who really want to immerse themselves in Embera culture and tradition.

 

 

activities

  • Spearfishing in the river

 

Extra activities

  • Fishing trips along the coast
  • Cultural Presentation

 

 

la chunga

 
 
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DESCRIPTION

La Chunga....

 

activities

  • Guided hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Presentation of embera artisan work
  • Hike through old-growth forest.

Extra activities