The piece pictured here at the left is a representation of that ceremony. This piece was found by campesinos in 1969 in a cave outside Pasca. It is actually the second one found the first was found in the 1800's and was destroyed in a fire on its way to be housed in a German museum. Because of the loss of the first Balsa del Dorado, Colombia has never allowed, nor will it allow this piece to leave the country -- you can only see it at the museum!!! It alone is worth the trip.
Free tours are conducted daily in Spanish and English. There are also audio tours available in Spanish, English and French for a fee of $6,000 pesos. But, if you want a personal guide, you can get one for $106,000 for groups consisting of 1-10 people. These guides speak English, French, German or Italian and must be prearranged by calling 343-1206. Also available are special tours in Spanish for the blind or in Colombian sign language for the deaf -- this may be a great thing for families adopting kids with special needs. You must prearrange your special needs tour by calling 343- 2222.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday. The price to enter the Museum is $3000. Free for those over 60 years of age, under 12 years of age, or of indigenous origin. It is also free to the public (but quite crowded) on Sundays.