Everyone knows about San Agustin, but did you know that there is another equally mysterious archaeological site?
Tierradentro was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 because of the many underground tombs discovered there. Some of them are more than 7m deep! Descending into these tombs is a truly incredible experience, especially as they are for the moment very well preserved.
Many historical explanations about these sacred places are still missing. However, researchers are convinced that they were built and governed by a different civilization from the one present in San Agustin.
Tierradentro is a destination off the beaten track in the South of Colombia. The easiest way to get there is to go from Popayan. However, you can also leave from San Agustin but the journey will be a bit complicated if you decide to take public transport. You will have to get on 4 different buses: San Agustin -> Pitalito -> Garzon -> La Plata -> Tierradentro.
Leave early OR decide to take private transportation.
Note: you need to be in good shape to explore the different archaeological sites that are perched on top of the hills. However, it’s worth it if you want to discover surprising tombs with splendid views.
Getting to Tierradentro?
Most of the buses will stop at the crossroad “Crucero de San Andres”. It’s 2km away from Tierradentro’s entrance.
Direct bus Popayan – San Andres de Pisimbala. There is usually 1 direct bus per day in the morning. Ask your hotel to confirm the departure time. | Sotracauca | 4h30
Otherwise, you can take a bus Popayan – Crucero de San Andres then take a taxi for the last 2 km. | 5 h
Where's the terminal?
In Tierradentro, there is no bus terminal as such, it is much too small.
You’ll have to wait for your bus not far from the church in the village of San andrés. Your hotelier will be able to give you more details.
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Tierradentro doesn't have many choices for accommodation. Some hotels are located in front of the entrance, but they only open for the high season. We went to La Portada, and it was an excellent choice. Lovely staff and good food. Don't hesitate :)
If you love history and are interested in the customs of pre-Colombian civilizations, Tierradentro is for you. There are no other tourist activities in the area at the moment. If you also like hiking, you'll be conquered.
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