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San Agustín

The south of Colombia plays host to Colombia’s major archaeological sites with San Agustín and Tierradentro both declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

San Agustín is a quiet village which lies deep in the Andean Cordillera. The climate is humid which means that the soil is very fertile and a great place to sample the excellent local organic coffees.

The highlight of San Agustín is certainly the archaeological park, we organise multi lingual guides who can provide detailed explanations and cultural insight.

We also recommend you try horse-riding in this region, it is possible to reach La Chaquira on horseback and take in the views of the Magdalena Gorge.

You can also visit the archaeological park of El Alto de los Ídolos, there are white water rafting opportunities in the Estrecho del Magdalena or perhaps you’d be interested in a Jeep tour around the surrounding countryside.

San Agustín combines perfectly with Tatacoa, Tierradentro and Popayán to create a uniquely Colombian trip to the south.


The most convenient way to reach the Huila province is by air from Bogotá to Neiva. For clients visiting San Agustín with The Colombian Way, an afternoon in The Tatacoa Desert is a no cost option.

Continuing from either Neiva Airport or Tatacoa, the drive to San Agustín is approximately 5-6 hours. You will have ample chances to stop and take in the scenery at Represa Betania or to stretch your legs in the village of Gigante.

Archeology buffs will want to visit both the archeological park and El Alto de los Ídolos. Time permitting you should be able to visit El Estrecho del Magdalena too. If you have two days in the town then we recommend a visit to La Chaquira on horseback.

Culture junkies should consider adding a trip to Isnos for even more archaeological delights. Nature lovers might want to include a visit to the El Salto de Mortiño waterfall.

For a complete archeology experience, consider adding Tierradentro on to your visit to San Agustín. To see how such a trip could fit together, our round trip The Colombian Heritage Experience includes both San Agustín and Tierradentro

From both San Agustín and Tierradentro we recommend onward travel to Popayán if time permits.


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