Historic Trail of Badajoz

Visit One of Panama's Most Important Archaeological Digs

Retrace the steps of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo de Badajoz in his mission to find gold in Central Panama in one of the most important archaeological sites in Panama. His quest from Panama City met an unfortunate fate when Badajoz soon learned that this established indigenous populated region of Central Panama placed great importance on the coveted treasure, used significantly in burial rituals.

Dig into the indigenous and Spanish heritage of the region in El Caño Archaeological Site, one of the greatest archaeological finds in Panama. Learn more about Indigenous Chief Paris, native leader of the area. National Geographic has termed this area Panama’s Valley of the Kings, but states that ¨while in Egypt most of the tombs have been looted, these grounds should still be full of surprises.¨ You are watching treasure being discovered right before your eyes, as current digs by the Smithsonian Institute are still going on.

From this fertile ground, you will then tour the two oldest churches of the American continent, Parita and Natá. Learn more about these first towns that were settled in Panama’s countryside: chat with friendly locals who can tell you about their ancestors, enjoy rich colonial architecture and immerse yourself in the past.

 Includes: bilingual tour guide, hotel pick-up/drop-off, entrance fees, lunch, water

*This tour is available from Chitré and Santa Clara. Stated price includes shared transfer (minimum 4 adults) from Chitré and Santa Clara, private tours (minimum 2 adults) available from Chitré only. Inquire now for details.

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