Badajoz’s Route

Follow the steps of Gonzalo de Badajoz, who was sent out by the Spanish Crown in 1515 to con-quer Central Panama. On his way from Panama City via Natá towards the Azuero Peninsula, Badajoz faced heavy resistance by the Indian Chief Paris who defeated the Spanish conquerors, reclaiming the largest treasure obtained in America until that moment. Discover the indigenous heritage and the Spanish influence by visiting the archaeological site of El Caño, the city of salt and sugar Aguadulce, as well as two of the oldest churches on the American Continent: Natá and Parita.

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Panama history tour: Badajoz’s Route:

The Herrera Museum provides a general overview over the Azuero Peninsula’s long history. From the prehistoric giant mammals to the first settlers and their everyday life on to the indigenous cultures of Azuero and their contact with the Spanish conquistadors. A replica of the Indian Chief Paris’ grave as well as samples of pre-Columbian gold ornaments and ceramics are also found at the museum.

El Caño is one of Panama’s most important archaeological sites: a ceremonial and burial place of pre-Columbian times. The archaeological park with its eye-catching columns and different grave sites is currently being studied by an international group of archeologists. El Caño is often considered Panama’s “El Dorado” due to the rich gold ornaments and treasures that have been found in the park and was also featured in National Geographic Magazine.

Natá de Los Caballeros is the oldest surviving town in Panama, having been founded by the Spanish on May 20, 1520. The historic village is home to the oldest church still in use on the mainland of the American Continent, Santiago Apostol church.

Aguadulce – the city of suger and salt. In this dry area the indigenous population was already extracting salt from the sea long before the Spanish arrived to the Americas. Still today, the extraction of the salt is done the same way like hundreds of years ago.

The charming village of Parita was named after the brave Cacique Paris who defeated the Spanish conqueror Gonzalo de Badajoz and reclaimed all the gold the latter had obtained so far. A small monument of Paris reminds of the cacique’s importance in the times of the conquista.  The colonial village of Parita reminds how Panamanian villages must have looked like in the 18th and 19th century. The church of Parita is an example of Spanish colonial architecture and the villages main plaza is still today used for the Panamanian form of “Corridas” – non deadly bull-fights which are held annually for the celebrations of Parita’s patron Saint, Santo Domingo de Gúzman.

About this Panama history tour
Tour DatesTuesday to Saturday at 8:00 AM
DurationApprox 7 hrs
BringSneakers or hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, long pants, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen camera.
IncludesTransportation from/to Chitré, bilingual tour guide, entrance fees, water, lunch.
Important NotePrice is valid for groups of minimum 4 persons from/to Chitré. Contact us for rates for smaller groups, different pick-up points (Pedasi, etc.) and our monthly specials.