Located 5-6 hours from Popayan, in the South of Colombia, the village of San Agustin is famous for its vast collection of stone statues. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
San Agustin and its surroundings are considered one of the largest necropolises in the world. Even today, these sculptures still hold many mysteries.
More than 500 statues of various sizes and shapes are scattered in different archaeological sites: Parque Arqueologico, Alto de Los Idoles, El Tablon, La Chaquira, La Pelota, El Purutal, Alto de Las Piedras.
However, after more than 10 days in the area, we discovered that San Agustin has even more to offer than a ” mere ” fabulous archaeological site.
Indeed, the mountainous nature of the area offers great options for outdoor enthusiasts. Add enough days to your Colombian itinerary to suit your desires:
Visit the different archaeological sites
Horseback riding, half a day, full day or several days
Walk to the hidden waterfall of Los 3 Churros.
Visit a coffee farm
Rafting down the rapids of the Magdalena River
Plan a multi-day hike in the paramos of “Las Papas”. Wild nature and breathtaking landscapes on the menu. Difficult level of difficulty due to very changing weather conditions.
The weather is quite unpredictable in San Agustin. Always remember to bring a sweater and a raincoat when you go out.
Although San Agustin is a "small" town, there are more than 300 hotels scattered all around. All the touristic sights are outside the city so you don't need to stay in the center of San Agustin. We recommend you to pick a hotel with a lovely garden as there is not much to do in town.
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