Chagres River
Chagres River
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Measuring 100 to 200 feet across and approximately 40 feet deep, this river serves as the main source of water for high-level locks of the Panama Canal.
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trish-doug
Mount Pearl, Canada115 contributions
Oct 2019
Fun adventure! Bit of a bumpy bus ride to get there. Once in the dugout canoes the adventure began! The dugout canoe took us up the river to the village where we were greeted with lovely music and the village people. We were taken to a hut for a presentation by the tribe leader - very informative. Then a demonstration of how the material for the baskets is made and dyed. We were then served a delicious lunch of fresh fried tilapia fish and fried yucca ( like french fries) in a palm leaf! Then we went into the main hut where each family set up tables to sell their handicrafts. We were also treated to a dance demonstration, where we were invited to join in! They also gave temporary tattoos. The tours are their main source of income, so please take some cash and support them. Our village tour did not include the waterfall.
Written October 28, 2019
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KenC46
Doylestown, PA87 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Part of the Caravan tour - - visited an Empewrs Indian village where they talked about their life style, crafts and history. They choose to live much like they did 100 years ago. Also tour another boat ride on the canal and river to visit several monkey habitats. They were well "trained" as they camon board to get grapes when we came close to shore.
Written July 14, 2019
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Asim A
Chicago, IL131 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Must see when you are in Panama. We took the train from Panama city to Colon and the views of the river were just spectacular.
Written April 14, 2019
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Happywintertraveller
Saint Marys, PA110 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Ok, so the river itself is nothing spectacular, but the animals and birds are amazing. I don’t know the names of most of the birds that we saw, but a lady on the trip said that one was a blue ganulli. I’m not sure about the spelling. We saw a turtle sunning itself on a rock and several alligators gliding across the water. Of course there were a lot of monkeys. Yes, several even ventured along the edge of the boats. Warning, the monkeys like to swipe shinny items.
Written February 3, 2019
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willias4
Pasadena, CA4 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
I visited the Embera community during my 5 week long stay in Panama while attending Habla Ya Spanish School. This was an excellent cultural and educational experience. I love learning, multiculturalism and being immersed in different and diverse cultures. I always like learning and knowing about the indigenous communities and/or people in different countries. This was one of a few in Panama and I learned quite a bit. I had a lovely travel guide through Habla YA, the fee was not too bad and the exposure was great. Nice families, welcoming, willing to tolerate and educate outsiders despite our privilege and views. Go learn. You will be educated, fed and embrace.
Written July 17, 2017
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Steve
Washington DC, DC67 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
As part of a family reunion, my family visited the Emberá Drua village on the Chagres River. There are many villages along this river that provide tours and canoe travel on the river, but my father had chosen this village because the natives wear enough clothing to cover essential areas, making this visit a little bit less shocking for the young children with us. It was a great canoe tour, the guides were friendly and informative, and the lunch they prepared was great. We bought some craft souvenirs before departing and had a great time all in all.
Written July 18, 2014
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Allen P
Oakland, CA179 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
By chance, and with little enthusiasm, I took a canoe tour up the Chagres River last week and I can't believe I almost missed it! We visited a village of the Embrera tribe and saw how they lived. We cooled off in a swimming hole complete with water falls, and learned a little bit more about this important water shed; and integral part of the Panama canal zone. I highly recommend getting out in the middle of it on a canoe. The sights are incredible! You'll quickly see how beautiful this country is. Go, go, go!
Written January 27, 2014
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