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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.

Mountains, Colombia
Mountains, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia & Sail Rosario Islands

This journey through Colombia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from the grand colonial churches and street art of Bogota to the UNESCO World Heritage city and coffee-growing regions of Cartagena. With just a sprinkling of internal flights and some indulgent nights spent aboard a privately chartered yacht exploring the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience the “gateway to South America”.

13 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

from $6,033 pp

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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.

Experiences

Tatacoa Desert

Take the time to visit the impressive Tatacoa Desert with its wild west landscape, huge cacti and beautiful hummingbirds.

Self-Drive to Magdalena River

Drive through rural San Agustin to see the mighty Magdalena River and the waterfalls of Bordones and Mortino.

Horse Riding Adventure

Horse ride or hike to El Tablon, a small site with a collection of sculptures in their original setting.

San Agustin Archaeological Park

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

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

James has discovered the huge variety of landscapes from the flat Llanos flood plains to the towering Andes and the rich golden beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
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John Faithfull

Colombia is a firm Latin favourite with John, who’s most memorable moment in the country included an exhausting hike through the wild (and lawless) Darien Gap with The Times journalist Martin Fletcher.
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Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

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