Welcome to Emberarapanawada! This is our home and the home of our future generations. It is a place of hundreds of animals and colorful birds. I am happy to share great experiences, breathe in clean air, and feel the moist spray of our surrounding jungle.
The main goal of this website is to support Embera indigenous culture, traditions, customs, lifestyles, beliefs and traditional medicines and to promote balance with the environment.
We have been losing species of animals, creatures and habitats over the time, year after year. Indigenous people have always lived on mountains and near rivers, taking, using and caring for what the forest provides.
Our country is proud to have several National Parks, which are home to seven indigenous groups who have lived here for ages. I want to invite you to share and learn from my people, the Embera. Since I am Embera, I will tell you the real experience like no other can provide about our culture.
When our land become a National park, new regulations changed our everyday lives and restricted some of our activities. Today, we are working with the government to find sustainable activities and new ways of living in order to meet our families' needs. We are also trying to preserve our ancient lifestyles and traditions.
Several communities have developed tourism as a new, sustainable activity. Many people visit our villages as part of a cruise, but I can offer you the opportunity to experience nature, the jungle and our culture more deeply. You will find my explanations to be real and truthful, and my tours to be more private.
There is so much beauty in our jungle and our culture. I look forward to sharing it with you.
Guide: I am Garceth Cunampio Tocamo. I was born in the thick jungle of the Darien province of Panama, in a small village called Nazareth on Rio Chico, a tributary of the larger Chucunaque River. My unforgettable childhood in the jungle lasted until the age of 17 when I moved to the city to finish high school. I attended university in Panama then obtained an American degree in Natural Resources in the Oregon State of the USA. I have outstanding knowledge of Embera culture and nature. To me, this is something more than a passion…. it is my life, my environment and my culture. It is also my pleasure to share with everybody.