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Emberá Indian Village Tour

Chagres National Park, Panama City, Panama

Spend a day or overnight in a virgin rain forest with the Emberá, one of Panama's indigenous peoples. An immersion program called Families Unplugged is also offered. The journey begins in a dugout canoe (30-60 minutes depending on water depth) to the village where music, tribal lore, lunch and informal conversations await. After lunch, village elders lead a short hike in which medicinal plants are discussed. The overnight allows more time for swimming in the river, exploring, or just hanging out in a hammock. Fees start at $250 for one on a day trip and $300 overnight but decrease if more in your party. Children 5-12, half price; under five, free.
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Barro Colorado

Barro Colorado, Panama City, Panama

The daytrip to the Smithsonian Institution's research island Barro Colorado in the Panama Canal includes a 45-minute boat trip each way, a 2-to-3-hour guided tour of the rain forest and lunch along side scientists in the Smithsonian cafeteria. The early afternoon leaves times for questions and relaxing. The Smithsonian launch leaves the Gamboa dock precisely at 7:15 am weekdays Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and at 8 am on weekends with returns by 4 pm. Foreign Visitors, $80; Foreign Students, $50. Reservations must be made with the Smithsonian Institution in Panama City.

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