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“Incredible place; everyone who visits this area should stop here”

Sitio Barriles Museum
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Volcan
Certificate of Excellence
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Akron, Ohio
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Incredible place; everyone who visits this area should stop here”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

My husband and I stopped here while son our way to Boquete after our driver strongly recommended it. We're both very interested in American Indian history and artifacts in The States so we agreed. The assortment of artifacts on this property is amazing and our guide, Edna, was extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We took over 100 photos and not a day goes by now that one of us doesn't mention this place. Edna has plans to build a visitor's center and to make bigger strides to get the word out about this gem. Please stop; you'll be glad you did. Bring water and wear long pants and hiking boots. Expect to spend at least 2 hours there to get the full experience which shouldn't be rushed. Edna only charges $4 per person I think and she should be charging more! It's a good price for families but she deserves more! We donated much more to her efforts because we just didn't feel her low fee was fair.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cool to actually learn history from a local”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

I mean, you are not going to find a Machu Pichu here in panama, but for some of panamas historical treasures, this might be one of your best options. The tour guide was very informative and you make a donation upon completion. You move along at your own pace and can basically have your tour to yourself if you are the only one there at the moment. Homemade marmalade, healing rocks, and more history then could be remembered. Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Learned Alot and a very knowledgeable onsite guide”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

There seems to be great history to be learned here. The caretakers were very passionate about the property and its richness. Worth making a decent donation. I do not think this place gets as many visitors as it deserves.

Visited October 2013
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Marina del Rey, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Spectacular experience”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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Volcan, Panama
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“surprising history”
Reviewed 12 February 2013

Sadly the best parts of Sitio Barriles are in the National Museum in Panama City. Fortunately, I have seen the great and mysterious treasures that came from Barriles. Hopefully the government will one day return these
amazing statues back to Barriles where they belong, and then this museum will be an even more amazing place to vist and experience.

Visited January 2013
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