What to see in San Agustin ?

 San Agustín Archaeological Park

This archaeological complex represents the largest collection of pre-Columbian megalithic funerary monuments and statuary.

It includes several sites:

“Las Mesitas”: artificial esplanades containing crypts, figurines and funerary dolmens.

” El Bosque de la Estatuas ” : populated by about thirty statues representing mostly anthropomorphic male figures, sometimes with feline features.

“El Fuente de Lavapatas”: a religious monument carved into the rocky bed of a stream and considered a sacred site for religious ceremonies.

“Alto de Lavapatas”: the oldest site of San Agustin, guarded by impressive statues (referring to the Double Self), with a unique view over the whole valley and the different archaeological sites.

The museum at the entrance of the Park is also very informative and didactic.

Note: closed on Tuesdays.

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San Agustin Travel Guide – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Archaeological sites of La Chaquira and El Tablon and Cerro de La Pelota

From San Agustin Park, ride up the hill of “la boule” (La Pelota), towards the site of La Chaquira or towards El Tablon, all three of which are home to various archaeological remains.

Note: Allow 3 hours of horseback riding (beginner’s level).

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San Agustin Travel Guide – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Alto de los Ídolos archaeological site

Located near the village of San José de Isnos, this site is characterized by the presence of numerous funerary complexes with dolmens, sarcophagi and statues guarding the access to the tombs.

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San Agustin Travel Guide – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Archaeological site Alto de Las Piedras

Among the statues of this site are the most emblematic of the region, such as the “double me” or the Indian woman.

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San Agustin Travel Guide – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

El Estrecho del Rio Magdalena

Combine your cultural visits to the archaeological parks with a variety of other activities:

Hiking between orchids, waterfalls (Mortiño waterfall, 180 meters high, or the Salto Bordones, the highest waterfall in Colombia) and rocky gorges (El Estrecho del Rio Magdalena, where the longest river in Colombia is powerfully cutting its way through).

Rafting on the Magdalena River

Jeep tour through the hilly landscape and traditional villages of the region

Visit of farms and agricultural plantations: sugar cane, coffee…

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Estrecho del Magdaleno – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Tatacoa Desert

Between Neiva and San Agustin, a stopover in the Tatacoa allows a stroll between dunes and cactus.

The sites of El Cuzco (all in red clothing), El Hoyo (grey colours) or El Penon (natural swimming pool) are a spectacle in their own right.

This colourful desert area is of rare beauty, with its varied geological formations.

Enjoy a starry evening at the astronomical observatory to contemplate the Milky Way as you have never seen it before.

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Desierto de Tatacoa – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Useful Links :


San Agustin Wikipedia

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