Discovering Cubita Culture

Cubita is the name of a pre-Columbian indigenous group that once lived in this area. During this tour, you’ll explore important cultural sites near La Villa de Los Santos, including some that date back to pre-Columbian times.

from $ 34

Free cancellation

up to 3 days in advance

  • Duration: 4 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 8:00 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Free cancellation up to 3 days prior
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Guided Tours
The Santo's Villa

The Azuero Peninsula was home to Panama’s oldest civilizations, some of which existed almost 11,000 years ago. During this tour you’ll visit cultural sites from pre-Columbian, colonial, and republican times.

At Caras Pintadas (Painted Faces), you’ll observe mysterious petroglyphs near the shore of the La Villa River and try to decipher the symbols' meaning.

You’ll visit the Cerro Juan Diaz, an indigenous burial site that’s currently being studied by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Archeologists have unearthed tombs and metal ornaments at the site that date back to 550 A.D.

Finally, this tour stops at the colonial-style house where Panama declared its independence from Spain in 1821. Set in La Villa de Los Santos, this house hosted a meeting that sparked Panama’s push for independence.

This tour lasts four hours. There is a four-person minimum.

Attraction Visited

The Santo's Villa

La Villa de Los Santos is a small town south of Chitré. Known simply as La Villa, this town has an important role in Panamanian history—it was here that the first rumblings of Panamanian independence began. These days, the town is quiet and unassuming, but it does host a few festivals every year.

The Santo's Villa

What to Bring

Sneakers or hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, long pants (for visiting a church), sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and camera.

What's included

Transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fees, water, and snacks.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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