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Old June 3rd, 2010, 11:35 PM
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Default Panama - Embera Indians or Aerial Tram/Eco Tour

Need Advice and feedback.
Trying to decide on which tour to take out of Colon, Panama in July.
The two that interest us are:
Embera Indian Village Experience (3 Hour)
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Aerial Tram & Ecological Encounter (5.5 Hour)

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I did the Aerial Tram and eco tour and really liked it. We toured the butterfly house, fish house, snake house and orchid nursery before taking the tram. At the end of the ride, there is an observation tower with fantastic views of the canal. You get to the top of the tower via ramps that go around the structure rather than stairs. I would caution against climbing the tower if you have issues with heights (you can wait in the shade at the bottom if you prefer) but the tram itself didn't give me vertigo.

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Sounds good. Thanks for the reply.
What was the Fish and Snake house like?
I imagine like a zoo?
Was there a Beverage/Snack and Restroom stop?
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Ths snake house was a walk through exhibit with glass habitats on either side; not large, but some rather scary beasts. The fish house had gaters, turtles and fish in an open roofed structure.

We had a bathroom break at the resort's main building before heading up and there were restrooms at the aerial tram base. The tour description didn't include a meal, so we were pleasantly suprised to be handed bottled water and a pretty good sack lunch for the ride between two of the exhibits. We were also given glasses of a very nice fruit punch at the resort.

You might try looking up the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for more info (all of the stops were on their property). I picked up a brochure as I'd like to go back and stay on the property some day. (gamboaresort.com)

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I am cruising to Panama in December. The Emberra village has been highly recommended to me
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Just an FYI, the Embera Indians perform in minimal clothing (the women don't wear tops and the men wear loin cloths). If this might bother you, I'd suggest the Tram-Eco tour.

No problem for us, but I've "heard" some people complain that they wouldn't have taken their children if they'd known (which they would have, if they'd read the description of the tour ).
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These 2 tours are what we are still trying to decide on.
Wish we could do both.

Sounds like The Emberra Indians are primitive.
Our tour info doesn't mention how they dress.
Maybe once on the ship the info will be different.
The Emberra Indian Village has to be interesting.
I wondered if the Emberra Village would be like going to the San Blas Islands. That's what we think of.

Will be looking up the Gamboa Resort for sure.

Juliecat,
On the Aerial Tram, did you see any wildlife?
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birds and monkies if you have a morning tour. Later in the day, less wildlife will be active.
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