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 ChurrosThen, 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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Where to stay in San Agustin

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.

  • Casa Francois


    Casa Francois

    Peaceful place with a gorgeous garden. 15 min away from town. Delicious restaurant.
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  • Masaya



    Located 10 min away by cab. Romantic cabins with an astonishing view of the canyon Magdalena.
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  • Casa Tarzan


    Casa Tarzan

    An intriguing house made of bamboo. It's also a bar-restaurant. Only a few bedrooms.
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  • El Maco


    El Maco

    A lovely Finca outside of town. Excellent tours and outdoors. Friendly staff. Great food.
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  • Akawanka



    A lovely hotel made of bamboo and wood. Friendly staff and pleasant outdoors. Quiet.
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  • Monasterio



    Best hotel in San Agustin, located near archeological sites. Excellent services & outstanding place.
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Things to do in San Agustin

Although the archeological sites are the main touristic sights in the area, it would be silly not to enjoy the other attractions than San Agustin as to offer. Find out what are they!

  • P. Archeologico

    Archeological site

    P. Archeologico

    It's the main Archeological site, where you can find the majority of the information and statues.
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  • Horse riding

    Archeological site

    Horse riding

    Explore el Tablon, El Purutal, La Pelota and La Chaquira while horse riding with a guide.
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  • Jeep exp.


    Jeep exp.

    Book a Jeep tour to admire high waterfalls and visit archeological sites. All-day.
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  • Rafting

    Extreme sport


    Go down the Magdalena River on a raft. It's easy and fun. In average, level 2 or 3
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  • Horse riding

    Extreme sport

    Horse riding

    Get a horse and a guide and go to explore the surroundings of San Agustin. Epic adventure.
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  • Adrenalina Ex.

    Extreme Sport

    Adrenalina Ex.

    Take your day back and cross the Magdalena Canyon on a 200m zip line to arrive in paradise.
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  • Las Papas

    Multi day hike

    Las Papas

    Hike for 3 or 4 days through the Paramo Las Papas to reach Magdalena's birthplace.
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  • 3 chorros


    3 chorros

    A hidden and spectacular waterfall. It's a bit tricky to get there. Better to take a guide.
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  • Birdwatching



    Observe the birds on a coffee farm and eat breakfast with the local family.
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