San Agustin

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
  • Go bird-watching
  • 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.


How to get to San Agustin?   (+)

From Cali

  • Bus at the terminal. There is maybe one change in Pitalito. | Cootrans Laboyana | 8h
  • Flight from Cali to Pitalito, then 1h bus to San Agustin | Satena | 1h


From Popayan: 

  • Bus at the terminal | Cootranshuila & Cootrans Laboyana | 5 hours


From Bogota: 

  • A few buses leave in the evening – schedule – Double-check with the bus company | Cootranshuila & Coomotor & Lineas Verdes | 12 hours
  • Flight from Bogota to Pitalito, then 1h bus to San Agustin | Satena | 1h


From Neiva to Pitalito then San Agustin:

  1. Bus Neiva to Pitalito | Coomotor, Cootranshuila, Cootrans Laboyana | 4h30
  2. Many cars and buses all day long Pitalito – San Agustin| Cootranshuila & Cootrans Laboyana | 1 hour

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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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