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San Agustin

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

Understand

San Agustín is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

Landscape

It's a great place to go with friends and there you can see beautiful things such as sculpture objects, etc.

Get in

  • From Bogotá : You can take a bus (9 hours), the way through Neiva is safe and there are beautiful sights on the way, like the Tatacoa Desert or the Magdalena River, the most important of Colombia.
  • From Popayan : There are several direct buses, it's a long 7 hours 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 6 a.m. or 10 a.m. From there you can make connections to Tierradentro.

Get around

There different archaeological 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 sites and the surrounding countryside.</do>


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

This region is rich in coffee, drink very common in the rural community, as well as drinks and chicha guarapo alcoholic beverages that are used by the aboriginals ansestros and even today are consumed by local residents.

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 1 km out of the town of San Agustin on the way to the archaeological site. Dorm beds and private rooms are available from 14,000 Pesos and there is also a restaurant and bar which serves incredible meals.
  • La Casa de Francois, (Beautifully set in the countryside, a short walk from downtown), [1]. Beautiful views, exquisite breakfasts and dinners prepared by request. Both dorm and private rooms available. Excellent backpacker hangout with all of the amenities. Dorm : 15,000 COP / Double : 35,000 COP.
  • Finca El Cielo, [2]. Very beautiful farm at 3 km of San Agustin near to fascinating archeological sites. Owned by a Swiss (Dominique) and run by a friendly Colombian family. Beautiful views over the Magdalena canyon. Ample and very comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms. Swimming pond. Camping. Tours.
  • Hostal Alto de los Andaquíes, [3]. Rustic coffee farm, with the best viewpoint of the village and its surroundings, comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water, television, restaurant, surrounded by beautiful gardens and nature.
  • Hotel Cambi, Cra 13 No. 3-36 (5 min walk from center of town), 8373357, [4]. None of the hotels in town even approach mid-range quality, but this is a friendly, basic, clean place that is also very inexpensive.


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.

Links

  • San Agustin Travel[5]

Get out

  • Bogotá Coomotor has three daily buses (12h), one in the morning and two in the evening, to the capital of Colombia.



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