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Karmata Rúa Indigenous-led

Price $210 full day aprox 11 hours shared experience ( 5 hours with community)
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Karmata Rúa Indigenous-led

$210 per person

Community Based Tourism Karmata Rúa Indigenous-led.

“We constructed this ethnic tourism route based on what we call ‘the path of our ancestors’ to break paradigms and open the door to this new economy that is tourism, with a project to strengthen and rescue culture and identity,” explained Freddy Alonso Tascón, indigenous governor of this reserve, in the department of Antioquia.

The Embera Chami are one of Colombia’s indigenous tribes, comprising three distinct groups: Chamí, Katío, and Siapidara. Their differences are rooted in their respective geographical locations. ‘Embera Chami’ translates to ‘People of the Mountain,’ reflecting their traditional way of life centered around hunting, fishing, and gathering. Historically known as ‘Choco’ or ‘Chocoes’ during pre-Columbian times, they were originally nomadic. Today, the Chamí, speaking a dialect of the Emberá language, reside in various Andean regions across Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío, and Valle del Cauca.

Karmata Rúa indigenous reservation

The indigenous Emberá Chami community has unlocked the gates of the Karmata Rúa reserve in the Colombian town of Jardín ( 3 hour drive from Medellin), offering an exciting adventure into there daily life. Dive into their vibrant culture, savor delicious cuisine, and explore mystical rituals and natural wonders. This unique journey, supported by the Comfenalco compensation fund,( Ocelote+Destino Antioquia)  aims to preserve traditions and explore new economic opportunities with ancestral wisdom for a community based experience.


Colombia: A Visit to Karmata Rua Indigenous Reserve · Global Voices

full day aprox 11 hours shared experience ( 5 hours with community)
7 years old+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Bus terminal Medellin - Karmata Rúa - Bus terminal Medellin
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 7:30 am
  • Return Time
    6:00 pm
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    All Museum Tickets
    Typical Souvenir
Full Day : Medellin- Karmata Rua- Medellin
Discover and explore the land of Pringamosa, a place filled with stories, traditions, and experiences. You'll have the opportunity to create crafts with beads or clay, learn about the Emberá language, delve into the meanings of traditional jagua painting, visit the indigenous museum, and experience healing and harmonization with a jaibaná healer. Included Services:
  • Roundtrip transportation from Medellin to Karmata Rúa via Rápido Ochoa or tourist transport (subject to number of passengers).
  • Experiential workshop on traditional crafts in beads or ceramics, Embera language workshop, and jagua painting - kipara workshop
  • Ritual with Jaibaná for energetic harmonization and medicinal plants.
  • Traditional indigenous Snacks
  • Local guide and logistics support.
  • Medical assistance card
Services not included: unspecified expenses, consumptions, and services     Notes:
  • Subject to the community's opening with a monthly schedule in advance.
  • Adherence and punctuality to the itineraries are crucial for the program's success.
  • The guide or coordinator is authorized to leave individuals who do not comply with the prearranged schedules.
  • Travel time from origin to destination is included in the stipulated plan time.
  • The vehicle assigned for the tour depends on the number of attendees. ( Minimum of 5 pax)
  • Children aged 7 and above are welcome.
  • Guidance English and logistics support  Spanish.
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing, warm attire, a hat or cap, a camera, cash in small denominations, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Rates subject to change without prior notice. Plan availability is subject to change, depends on community.

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