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.
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
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 VisitedThe 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.
What to Bring
Sneakers or hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, long pants (for visiting a church), sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and camera.
Transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fees, water, and snacks.
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During this tour, you’ll trace the steps of Gonzalo de Badajoz, a conquistador who was sent by the Spanish Crown in 1515 to conquer Central Panama. Along the way, you’ll stop at important cultural sites, including the archeological dig at El Caño and the old churches of Parita and Natá.
7 hrsFrom $93