San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin

San Agustin enjoys a wealth of history and incredible archaeological sites, and should certainly be considered amongst Latin America’s most important historical sites.

The San Agustin Archaeological Park, a UNESCO Site since 1995, is just one park in the area which is home to impressive yet bizarre stone figures carved out of volcanic rock.

Some of the 150 or so pre-Columbian statues date back to 5,000 BC, depicting people, animals and mythical creatures used to represent life, death, good and evil. Very little is known about the civilisation responsible for these statues as they had no written form of language and disappeared long before the arrival of the conquistadores.

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Highlights of Colombia

Combine a host of Colombia’s cultural highlights, spending time in vibrant cities, peaceful mountain villages and fertile coffee growing valleys, topped off with time on the coast.  

15 days

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Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Off-the-Beaten-Track in Colombia

This Colombian adventure unveils some of the nation’s most offbeat locations, while still taking time to privately tour the galleries and architectural highlights of the cosmopolitan capital.
An extraordinary trip for intrepid visitors to “the gateway to South America”, it traverses both the Amazon Rainforest and the Guajira Peninsula.

18 days

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San Agustin archaelogical structures, Colombia
San Agustin, Colombia

A little more about San Agustin

There are a number of other sites to visit including Altos de los Idolos and Piedras, La Chaquira, El Tablon and La Pelota. Visitors to Idolos and Isnos will find a smaller scale version of the San Agustin Archaeological Park, but no less interesting with its equally impressive sculptures. La Chaquira is perched on a mountainside with carvings of figures in the rocks and breathtaking views of the Magdalena River and the surrounding lush mountains.

San Agustin does not have its own airport; however visitors to the area can arrive into Neiva to the north or Popayan to the west. The drive from both airports is approximately five hours, however once the new road from Popayan is constructed, the journey will be around two to three hours.


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San Agustin archaelogical structures, Colombia

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Discover artefacts dating back to 3300 BC in San Agustin and marvel at the forest gallery of huge stylised stone sculptures.

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