The small finca that houses the remaining artifacts and history is open to the public and is frequently visited by educational institutions. The grounds are scenic and captivating as well. There is a small fee for a guided tour both the museum and grounds. Tourists are $5 per person and locals are $3 per person.
This statue is a replica of the original which is located in a national museum. It is a symbolic representation of the peoples who comprised the ancient civilization that populated the area. They were comprised of Asiatic and African elements and are reported to have collaboratively inhabited the region.
Noting that the Asian was on top, being transported by the African, I questioned our guide's explanation that they collaborated. It was then she explained that the statue is a reflection of the collaboration. The African is depicted as blind, and the Asian as lame. The two peoples were able to accomplish their needs and goals through mutual effort and assistance.
Below are a few artifacts found in the small on-site museum.
Mother and Child statue
These are ancient map rocks, indicating a central location and surrounding foot trails.
Another map rock of trails leading to the summit of Volcan Baru
Sign of the serpent, for good luck
The area above remains to be excavated. Students from the universities donate labor as time permits.
The above photos are of a hillside that has been partially excavated to reveal an ancient burial ground. Remains of the dead were stored in the clay pots embedded in the hillside.
Pre-historic ferns and bamboo forests comprise much of the natural landscaping along the trails to the burial grounds.