Sitio Barriles Museum

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Sitio Barriles Museum
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JorgeFlaco
Dolega, Panama41 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Sitio Barriles is an archeological site of a culture erased by volcanos 2000 years ago. The site is privately managed. They have guided tours in English or Spanish lasting 1h30. You learn a lot about plants and the people from Barriles. Were they Mongoles with African slaves? Exhibitions among other of a map on a big stone as well as elefant drawing.

It has been the second time I was there and I liked it a lot. Very friendly people.

Price for the guide USD 5.
To go there follow the blue sign in Volcán on the left side of the road some hundred meters after the road to Cerro Punta. After some KM the site is on the right hand side.
Written February 10, 2020
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KRISTIE M
Hertford, NC82 contributions
Dec 2021
Little known, so interesting, what a hidden treasure. Really just stumbled into SItio Barriles and the wonderful Edna, born and raised on this farm. An archeological site which was wiped out by the volcano, little is known about these people. Petroglyphs, artifacts, and dig sites abound! Edna knows so much about the animals, plants, and water in the area - all so interesting. Well worth the visit.
Written December 26, 2021
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DCB-Bend
Prescott Valley, AZ79 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
We've been here twice over the last 4 years. You are given the option of guided tour or walk on your own. If you want to save a (very) few bucks and walk on your own you would quickly come to the conclusion there is not much here - and wonder why the interest? HOWEVER, if you take the guided tour (given in at least English or Spanish) you will walk away appreciating what this place has to offer, its archeological value and understand much more of the ancient civilization that was once here. Highly Recommended!
Written February 19, 2016
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wendy90292
Marina del Rey, CA27 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
This is an exceptional site. The artifacts are on site, and many are in situ. 5,000 years of habitation. Surprisingly, there is strong evidence African and Asian cultures lived side by side in perfect harmony during some of the time the site was occupied. The guide, whose American grandfather bought the land for coffee farming long ago, is well educated and exceptionally knowledgeable. This was the highlight of my entire trip to Panama! I LOVED this place.
Written September 13, 2013
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sunshinensand2012
Beijing, China54 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
I'm sorry this place just seems fake. We all agreed that if it's truly what it says why isn't it better protected? It's interesting if it's what your into. On an exciting note we saw a huge snake den and snake egg. Please bring bug spray and wear walking shoes.
Written March 5, 2018
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connie j
Loveland, CO55 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Historical site with a museum and pathways to walk. The owner is able to tell you about the history of the place and show you the museum. We were very glad that we stopped by. Only thing missing is a sign when you first go there to see the owner before viewing the site.
Written January 3, 2017
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Carol C
Templeton, CA61 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
This archaeological site is on a local person's home site. the tour took described the discovery, the National Geographic's participation and several Universities' participation in uncovering and understanding the site. This part of the tour was conducted on a covered patio.

Then we were escorted around the property. We saw artifacts from a pre Mayan culture that was eliminated when Volcan Baru exploded. The artifacts are right in the open, you can touch them! We also saw artifacts that are left in situ in an exposed trench. They are too fragile to move. Finally, we were escorted to the most recent archaeological dig to see how the process unfolded.

There is also a museum with artifacts. It just amazed me that they were sitting out so you could touch them, photograph them.

There is no charge but a donation is graciously accepted.

The drive to the site is pretty, too, winding through rural Volcan.
Written May 24, 2016
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Iguana Hunter
North Bay, Ontario487 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is a very interesting historical attraction. It is a short, easy drive out of Volcan. Just look for the blue sign on the left hand side of the road on the Main Street in Volcan. The site itself is on a private farm. You can park your car for $4.00, get an introduction to the site, then wander the grounds on your own, or, pay $5.00 each, free parking, an introduction, and a guided tour that takes about 45 minutes. I recommend the tour as the owner of the property has a great deal of knowledge regarding the culture who inhabited this location as far back as 1000 yrs. BC. It is almost impossible to believe that the Pamanian government has not protected this location and undertaken a proper archeological dig.
Written April 17, 2016
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travelgem82
shaftesbury107 contributions
Jan 2016
To find this place we used the instructions set out by another reviewer on here and found it with no problems! We chose to just wander around the area of walkways near the stream and the buildings by ourselves at a cost of $4 for the car. The area is beautiful and I'm sure if we had had longer then we would have spotted some more wildlife but as it was we saw and heard plenty of birds and a lizard or too. we found our way to the excavation site and the small outbuilding that houses the museum by accident, but that made the trip more enjoyable. The owners we lovely and offered us fresh cheese and marmalade to sample at the house, unfortunately we arrived quite late (3pm) and so missed out on buying the cheese (According to the guest book, approximately 30 more people had already been through that day) but did manage to pick up some guava jam (which you can see being made around the back of the house) for $1. All in all its a lovely experience and would recommend it to anyone just to get out and about in this area.
Written January 14, 2016
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hylkes
Volcan, Panama37 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
This site is a former farm where German settlers started as so many in this region. During their farming they found every time more pottery and so on from the Indians that has lived here. Together with specialists of Nat Geo they started digging and found a lot more, such as statutes and other stone artifacts like the drum formed stones of which no one knows what the usage was (Barriles in Spanish). More or less the same as in south Costa Rica where the found completely round made stones.
Some of the artifacts are from a time about 3.000 year before Christ. Also a copy of an Chinese man and a African man helping each other. Further on a stone with a map of the surroundings. Most of the original artifacts has been moved to Panama City, but there is enough left. Also magnetic stones with drawings which appear when these stones get wet.
The farm is also interesting because they have plants introduced by the settlers which you normally not find in these areas.
Nice people who show you around and explain all the things and they have cheese and marmalades for sale made there.
Entrance is charged as an donation to the foundation.
Written November 17, 2015
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