Panama: Ella Drua Embera Village Tour
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Keteka is a marketplace where travelers can book unique, authentic tours and activities with validated local guides. While serving in the Peace Corps in rural Panama, the founders were working on community tourism projects and realized that they wanted to create a better way to connect purposeful travelers with authentic, local experiences. "Keteka" is an indigenous Panamanian word that means "to get close to" and that's our goal, to bring you closer to your destination's culture, food, people, and natural environment.
Near Panama City, Ella Drua Is A Small, 100 Person Emberá-Wounaan Jungle Village Situated On The Bank Of The Gatún Rive
Ella Drua has an excellent three hour guided tour of the community that introduces you to traditional Embera music, dances, artisan work, and food, as well as the diverse flora and fauna of the area.
Artisan goods include hand-woven baskets and masks made of natural fibers, vegetable ivory and rosewood carvings, and many accessories made from seeds,
coconut, fibers, wood, and more. Creative inspiration stems from the natural environment, so you’ll find many goods decorated with butterflies, birds, and flowers.
For those that wish to stay the night, Ella Drua offers open, traditional palm thatched huts with mattresses, mosquito nets and a view of the river. Bathroom facilities (flush toilets and private showers) are located next to the hut.
The village will cook all your meals for you if you stay in Ella Drua. They offer typical Panamanian food, including: fried fish, chicken, rice, lentils, beans, plantains, coffee, etc.