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San Agustín

Like silent sentinels guarding the green mountains of southern Colombia, the pre-Columbian statues of San Agustín have long beckoned travelers to wander off the beaten track. The journey can be difficult, but the reward for these sojourners is days of walking through the countryside, exploring the numerous archaeological sites that bestow the name "Archaeological Capital of Colombia" to San Agustín.

Aside from the archaeological park, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the landscape also holds many beauties for the soul's eye: the nascent Río Magdalena, canyons, waterfalls and caves. The road from Popayán skirts the south boundary of Parque Nacional Natural Puracé; it is paved as far as Coconuco, after which it is poor to El Cruce, 27 kilometers (16 miles) from Pitalito. The road from Bogotá, by way of Neiva, Garzón and Pitalito, is completely paved.

 

 

 

Life is laid-back in the village of San Agustín, so much so that many foreigners have decided to stay here to live. Be prepared to spend a bit of time here—learning about this enigmatic culture that a millennium ago carved these monoliths (every one has a theory), hiking and just relaxing. Be careful, though, not to slip into the vortex where time and space just seems to, well, disappear.

Neighborhoods in San Agustín: Near San Agustín,

Other places nearby San Agustín: Popayán, Ipiales, Parque Nacional Puracé, Pasto and Tierradentro.







By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

22 Aug 2011

VIVA Colombia

Top Tour Companies

World Heritage Travel Office / Viajes Patrimonio Mundial

World Heritage Travel Office is San Agustín’s oldest tour operator, partly owned and operated by the town’s former tourism officer. It is a good alternative for receiving information about the ...
Tour Operator
San Agustín, Colombia

Magdalena Rafting

Magdalena Rafting is very highly recommended by travelers seeking the adventure of hitting the rapids of the Upper Río Magdalena. With over 20 years experience on different rivers around the world, ...
Tour Operator
San Agustín, Colombia

San Agustin Tour Masizo

Juan Arbey, a SENA-certified guide, operates San Agustin Tour Masizo. He offers a one-day package that takes in a wide-range of experiences in exploring the San Agustín region: in the morning, ...
Tour Operator
San Agustín, Colombia

Chaska Tours

Chaska Tours organizes adventure tours in San Agustin and all Colombia. Located near the town in the "Finca ecologica El Maco". ...
Tour Operator
San Agustín, Colombia

Bilingual Tourist Guide

Miriam Montes gives you tourist information and accompaniment to the touristic places in San Agustin and the rest of the country. e-mail miriguitu@hotmail.com cell phone number (57) 313 243 ...
Tour Operator
San Agustín, Colombia

Dining Out in San Agustín

Hotel Colonial Asadero y Restaurante

The candle’s light gleams off the glass covering the red-clothed table. The bowl of hearty soup has already arrived, and soon the main plate will be here. The Asadero y Restaurante of the Hotel ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

Pizza Mania

Just a half-block from the main square, under the soft, hot-pink light, is one of San Agustín’s few forays into international cuisine: Pizza Mania, a small, three-table affair. Grab a slice of ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

Restaurante Brahama

As you’re heading out one early morning to the Parque Arqueológico, stop by Restaurante Brahama for pancakes, with chocolate or your choice of fruit. On the backswing, its home-cooked vegetarian ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

Restaurante La Terraza

Upstairs, above the Banco Agrario, a large orange and white space greets you, made even brighter by the great windows around two sides. Many folks, both local and foreign, are chowing down on ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

Restaurante-Bar La Casona de San Agustín

One of San Agustín’s finest restaurants has class from the furnishing to the menu. Cuisine covers the gamut of poultry to red meats to local fishes, all prepared fresh and served with the house ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

Restaurante-Cafetería Hotel Los Ídolos

In the front covered courtyard of the Hotel Los Ídolos is another cheap San Agustín eatery. The friendly women here serve up down-home Colombian meals. The full-helping comida corriente is a ...
Restaurant
San Agustín, Colombia

San Agustín's Best Sleeps

Hospedaje Cambi

Just a half-block from Parque Bolívar, Magola Pérez welcomes San Agustín visitors to these inexpensive, simple, clean rooms in an old colonial building. Nearly all the rooms have TV and private ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Hotel Los Ídolos

Hotel Los Ídolos is definitely the cheapest place to stay in San Agustín if you have a traveling partner. Be warned, however, that the rooms are claustophically small and stuffy, with only a small ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Hotel Colonial

On the main street of San Agustín, right where the collective taxis and pick-ups arrive, is Hotel Colonial. Set in another classic, aged building, this inn tenders ample, tidy rooms with private or ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Hotel Central

This other colonial-era-building-cum-hotel is tranquil, despite being on San Agustín’s main street. With a family atmosphere, Hotel Central is the preferred choice of some travelers, thanks to its ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Hotel Yalconia

120792 Hotel Yalconia is San Agustín’s oldest luxury-class hotel. Of modern architecture, this two-story building provides all of the comforts one would want while enjoying the wonders of this region. ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Hostal Alto de los Andaquies

Midways between the village and the archaeological park is Hostal Alto de los Andaquies. This family farm has been turned into a comfortable hotel surrounded by gardens with spectacular views over ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

La Casa de François

121895Friendly owner and Frenchman, François, makes a stay on his Gaudi-inspired estate one well worth remembering. In fact, many guests of La Casa come for a few days and end up there for weeks, basking ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia

Finca El Cielo

Finca El Cielo is a beautiful bed & breakfast inn located in the countryside, near San Agustín\'s archaeological sites. The rooms are constructed of bamboo and have large beds and modern ...
Hotel
San Agustín, Colombia
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