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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
From Bogota you can take a bus, the way is safe and there are beautiful places to see like the Magdalena river, the most important of Colombia.
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From Bogota you can take a bus, the way is safe and there are beautiful places to see like the Magdalena River, the most important of Colombia.
  
 
There are several direct busses from Popayan to San Agustín, it's a long 7 hour bus trip on unpaved road.
 
There are several direct busses from Popayan to San Agustín, it's a long 7 hour bus trip on unpaved road.
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'''Finca El Maco'''.  Run by an extremely friendly Swiss (Rene) and his wife (Paloma) Finca el Maco is a little piece of paradise located about 1km out of the town of San Agustin on the way to the Archeological site.  Dorm beds and private rooms are available from 14,000 Pesos pp and there is also a restaurant and bar which serves incredible meals.
 
'''Finca El Maco'''.  Run by an extremely friendly Swiss (Rene) and his wife (Paloma) Finca el Maco is a little piece of paradise located about 1km out of the town of San Agustin on the way to the Archeological site.  Dorm beds and private rooms are available from 14,000 Pesos pp and there is also a restaurant and bar which serves incredible meals.
  
'''La Casa Francois''' - Beautifully set in the country side, a short walk from downtown.  Beautiful views, exsquisite breakfasts and dinners prepared by request.  Both dorm and private rooms available.  Excellent backpacker hangout with all of the amenities.
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'''La Casa Francois''' - Beautifully set in the countryside, a short walk from downtown.  Beautiful views, exquisite breakfasts and dinners prepared by request.  Both dorm and private rooms available.  Excellent backpacker hangout with all of the amenities.
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Most guidebooks will tell you this area is guerrilla territory, but this is no longer the case.
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Most guidebooks may tell you this area is guerrilla territory, but this is no longer the case.
  
Some of the agents organizing jeep tours are more interested in your personal belongings. Setting up tours at your hostel is recomended.
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Some of the agents organizing jeep tours are more interested in your personal belongings. Set up tours at your hostel.
  
 
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Revision as of 22:42, 30 November 2007

San Agustín is a small town in the department of Huila in Colombia that is famous for its precolumbian statues.

Contents

Understand

San Agustín is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

Landscape

Get in

From Bogota you can take a bus, the way is safe and there are beautiful places to see like the Magdalena River, the most important of Colombia.

There are several direct busses from Popayan to San Agustín, it's a long 7 hour bus trip on unpaved road.

If you go to Tierradentro take a bus to Pitalito. From there you have to take a bus to La Plata either at 6am or 10am. From there you can make connections to Tierradentro.

Get around

There different archeological sites are scattered over a large area. If you have the time walking is the best option, the scenery on the way is amazing and some of the local transportation can help you on your way. It is also possible to rent horses. Several agents run jeep tours to some of the more remote sites.

See

  • Parque Arqueologico (open from 8am to 4pm everyday, entrance COP$6.000) is San Agustin's main attraction. It features several ancient burial sites, a lot of statues and a small museum. It's 3 kilometres west of San Agustin and can be reached by frequent minibusses.
  • Alto de los Idoles (open from 8am to 4pm everyday, entrance COP$4.000) if far less visited, a bit smaller, but equally impressive as the archeological park. The views from the park amazing. There is no transportation to and from San Agustin, only to San Jose de Isnos.
  • Within easy walking distance are the four small sites El Tablon', with several statues; Chaquira, dramatically set overlooking the valley of the Rio Magdalena; La Pelota, with some coloured statues in excellent state and El Prutal. These can easily visited in one day walking.
  • Far north of San Agustin is Obando a small sites with some underground tombs and a tine museum with some pottery. There are carros going to and from San Agustin to Obando.
  • Other archeological sites are Alto de Las Piedras, Alto de las Guacas, Alto del Mortiño o del Tigre, Granada, El Jabón, Lavaderos o Naranjos and La Parada.

Besides the archeological sites there is some beautiful nature to visit.

  • El Estrecho is the place where the Rio Magdalena is at its narrowest.
  • Salto de Bordones and Salto del Mortiño are two waterfalls.

Do

  • Take a carro to Obando and walk the beautiful way back to San Agustín and visit El Estrecho on the way. It's about five hours walking.
  • Walk to Alto de los Idolos and back. Leave early because it is a long walk. You can visit Granada on the way and if you have some energy left take de detour to Alto de las Guacas and Alto del Moriño o del Tigre.

Money

There are ATMs in San Agustín, buy they are not very reliable. To get money you may have to go to Pitalito. Bring your passport or you might end up in the DAS office in Pitalito. The only ATM in town does give cash advance on VISA credit cards.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Finca El Maco. Run by an extremely friendly Swiss (Rene) and his wife (Paloma) Finca el Maco is a little piece of paradise located about 1km out of the town of San Agustin on the way to the Archeological site. Dorm beds and private rooms are available from 14,000 Pesos pp and there is also a restaurant and bar which serves incredible meals.

La Casa Francois - Beautifully set in the countryside, a short walk from downtown. Beautiful views, exquisite breakfasts and dinners prepared by request. Both dorm and private rooms available. Excellent backpacker hangout with all of the amenities.

Stay safe

Most guidebooks may tell you this area is guerrilla territory, but this is no longer the case.

Some of the agents organizing jeep tours are more interested in your personal belongings. Set up tours at your hostel.

Get out


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