The Emberá People of Darién . 31/01/2023
Our visit started on a dugout canoe flying up the Rio Pequeni to the Emberá Purú village along the border of the Colón and Panamá provinces. The canoes are roughly hewn from a single log, but have a plank running along the gunwhale to extend the freeboard, and where the log has natural cracks and fissures, patches of thin painted steel have been nailed to the inside of the hull. We were expecting to be paddling, but given the distance we ended up travelling on the river, we were glad to be powered by 20 of Suzuki’s finest aluminium horses. The river flows into the Gatún lake, where we plan to spend tomorrow night, having scaled the first three locks of the Panamá Canal. As we arrived, there were drums playing, and a bamboo flute... Click here for more info..