Photo Essay

Always a smile

Embera 11

Sometimes when we travel, we don't know certainly what to expect from a trip, and on occasions, this trip exceeds our expectations very pleasantly. This is what happened to me and my sister Rocio on our trip to Panama.

We had the opportunity to visit the "Embera Drua" indigenous community, and we were pleasantly surprised by the friendly of this group of people.It is certainly a happy and healthy community... You can perceive it in their smiles... in their innocence... Perhaps because of the beauty of the place in which they live. A beautiful landscape full of lush vegetation, crystalline streams, isolated from the big city.

We began the journey from the city of Panama, to the point where a couple of young indigenous people, picked us up, and transported us in a canoe to this small town. The first thing we're pleasantly surprised with, is the reception of the community, with music. Already from the start, they make us smile.

They live from resources that nature provides, because they fish, and cultivate some fruits and vegetables, and also produce their handmade products, especially made with materials provided to them by some plants. They also live of tourism, and they are aware of that, that's why, treat people who visit them in exceptional way, and gladly allow to be photographed.

Color, dance and music is part of their life too. They invite people who visit them, to be part of the celebration and that make you feel very good.

Sometimes... a surprise... an unexpected visitor... an helicopter arrives!... there is such a joy from the little boys!...

Some of the people in this community have never been out of the place they live, then, are eager to question the tourists, about their countries of origin, about their traditions, about their ideology... Always of course in a very respectful way.

This is by far one of my best experiences with indigenous groups, and gladly would return again to this paradise located on the banks of the Chagres River in Panama.

There is always something to learned, when we see people who lives very happy living in the jungle, without having luxury, or those things that people from the city think they need. An elemental home full of character and color is all they need.

An amazing trip to Panama, a learning journey.

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  • Saroj Swain

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    good story, my vote

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 Aug 2012):

    Wonderful everything! Congrats!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    Very nice article and photos also

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