The Emberá Puru Roll Out the Red Carpet
I would compare my recent visit to the Emberá Puru village in Panama to a National Geographic travelogue. Our guide for the trip, Anne Gordon de Barrigón, was far from being an ordinary chaperon. She had intimate knowledge of this indigenous group of people and village. Anne is an American woman who married an Emberá man after completing a movie production involving the tribe. She treats each excursion with the same care as going home with a good friend.
Our tour began long before we arrived at the banks of the Chagres River where we would be ushered into long, shallow dug-out canoes and motored up the river to the village. We left the bustle of the City within 15 minutes of boarding the comfortable Coaster bus.