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Getting to and away from San Agustín

Buses for the Parque Arqueológico leave from the central park every half-hour (6 a.m.-6 p.m., 20 minutes, $0.50). Taxis run only until about 9 p.m. and charge $2-4, depending on the distance and time of day.

Chivas for neighboring villages depart from near the market or from Calle 5. Most long-distance transportation leaves from Calle 3, between Carreras 10 and 12.

To Pitalito: Pick-ups leave frequently from Ca. 3 (5 a.m.-6 p.m., 45 minutes, $2.75)

Pitalito to La Plata: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 3 hours, $9. Or go to Garzón (bus $5, collective taxi $6), then to Pitalito (buseta $5, collective taxi $6). From La Plata you can go to Tierradentro. See that section for more details. From Pitalito service is more frequent to Neiva, Bogotá, Isnos and Popayán.

To Neiva: Taxis Verdes (4 services 4 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 hours, $17), Coomotor (2 buses, 5.5 hours, $13-14)

To Bogotá: Taxis Verdes (7 a.m., 7 p.m., 9 hr, $21), Coomotor (5 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 hours, $22-27)

To Popayán: $15--Cootranslobayana (1 bus, 6 hr,), Cootranshuila, by way of Coconuco (7 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 hr). Coming from Popayán, the bus may leave you at El Cruce, the crossroads for San Agustín. Catch a pick-up truck coming from Pitalito for San Agustín. Updated: Aug 17, 2011.

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