Deep within the heart of the hilly countryside around Tierradentro lies one of Colombia's great archaeological gems: mysterious subterranean tombs painted in white-black-red-ochre geometrical patterns which were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It is a difficult journey to arrive there, especially in the rainy season. You will be awarded, though, with incredible walking opportunities to explore the ruins and villages of this "Land Within."
A road runs from Popay√°n to La Plata, passing through T√≥toro. The turn-off for Tierradentro is Cruce de Pisimbal√°, also called Cruce de San Andr√©s, near the town of ¬≠¬≠Guadalejo. The Popay√°n-La Plata road is paved only from El Pital, east of Guadalejo, to La Plata. (Note: this is a different road than that
along the north edge of Parque Nacional Natural Purac√©.)
From the crossroads, the road heads north towards the "Land Within," Tierradentro. The principal town is San Andr√©s de Pisimbal√°. Two and a half kilometers before that village is Parque Arqueol√≥gico, the entrance and museums of this famed archaeological site. The settlement has the major concentration of lodging and restaurants in the area. The road continues uphill to San Andr√©s, where there are other hotels and eateries. Parque Arqueol√≥gico de Tierradentro is part of the Resguardo Ind√≠gena de Andr√©s, an indigenous reservation of the Nasa (P√°ez) nation. Inz√°, a town just west of Guadalejo, has its market day on Saturday, when you can see many Nasa in traditional dress.