The Cultures of Cocle


  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum 2 people


  • Pick up/drop off at hotel
  • A/C Transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the Archaeological site
  • Entrance to the hat and cigar fabrics
  • Lunch

What to Expect

Visit one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century at El Caño de Natá and learn about the unearthing of amazing pre-Columbian pieces dating back to between 700 and 1000 A.D.

Afterwards, drive to the picturesque town of La Pintada, to visit a famous local artisan who has dedicated his life to making the “Sombrero Pintao”, the real Panama hat; and before the day is over, you will make a stop at the “Jewels of Panama” Cigar fabric to learn about the process of producing the finest cigars of the region.


Tour Description

Start your day with an interesting ride, through Panama’s colorful countryside, to El Caño archaeological site.  Featured in the January edition of National Geographic 2012 in the article “Panama’s Nata Chiefs”, the area had great importance during pre-Columbian times as a ceremonial, ritual and commercial center for cultures from all over America and it’s considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the century. 

From here you’ll go on a short drive to the town of La Pintada, where well-known local artisan, Reynaldo Quirós, will teach you all about the “Sombrero Pintao”, the real Panama hat, part of our most treasured traditions.

Before heading back to your hotel, you’ll make a stop at a local cigar fabric, where you’ll see, first hand, the production of Panama’s finest cigars, a blend of locally grown tobacco leaves from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Panama.


Tour Highlights

  • Panama’s pre-Columbian history
  • See original gold and ceramic pieces
  • Fine hats and cigars
  • Enjoying Panama’s country side
  • A taste of local cuisine

What to bring:

  • Light clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Raingear
  • Bug spray
  • Water