Located 5 hours away from Popayan, San Agustin is only famous for its vast collection of stone statues. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Considered as one of the largest necropoleis in the world, there are still lots of mysteries around these sculptures and the people who carved them.
More than 500 statues, from various size & shapes, are scattered in different archeological sites: Parque Arqueologico, Alto de Los Idoles, El Tablon, La Chaquira, La pelota, El Purutal, Alto de Las Piedras.
However, after 10 days in the area, we discovered that San Agustin has a lot more to offer.
Besides watching statues, you can organize a 4-day hike to El Paramo de las Papas (quite difficult) or admire the hidden waterfall Los 3 Churros. Then, horse ride through beautiful landscapes before relaxing in a superb hotel.
The weather is quite unpredictable in San Agustin. Don’t forget to take your jumper and a rain jacket.
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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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