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Hiking to the Aguacate Tombs - Hiking Tierradentro - Colombia

Historians and Indiana Jones lovers will enjoy hiking to the ruined tombs of Aguacate, near San Andrés Pisimbalá.

Starting just to the left of La Portada bar/restaurant, the four-hour trek climbs hillsides, traverses ridges, and climbs and dips until, astride a mountain, the path reaches the tombs themselves. It’s easy to see why people with power once chose to be buried there: If you weren’t going anywhere for a few million years, you’d want a view that good, too.

The tombs comprise more than a dozen dramatic and massive holes in the ground, most of which lead to caves of various sizes. Some are painted, others have large columns, and a few are only filled with spiders and dirt. Many have been grave-robbed. The site is less archaeologically important than Segovia. Nonetheless, they are remarkable , especially when you first see the tombs laid out before you, wrapped in an incredible vista.

The trail continues on, mostly downhill, and comes out right by the museums at Parque Arqueológico.

The path is marked at most important forks, and wrong turns down unmarked splits never take long to terminate at farms or fields. Still, to save a bit of time stick to the larger choice when the trail splits. After rains, the trail to Aguacate is especially bad, with mud calf-deep. Rubber boots are recommended.

Tierradentro, Colombia

Hiking Types:

Getting There

From Tierradentro, go to San Andrés de Pisimbalá. From San Andrés, go to La Portada restaurant, and take the path just on the left.

Travel Tips:

If you want to keep hiking, you can continue back up to San Andrés Pisimbalá via another trail which passes by Segovia, Duende and El Tablón, the remaining sites. The second ‘half’ needs only two hours and isn’t as beautiful, but is easier and is still a pleasant hike. Cross the main road and ask at the other museum, and they’ll point you to the continuation of the trail. Both sides can be walked in the other direction, as well, of course. The museums and the three other sites require an inexpensive two-day pass.

Price Description:

Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Wear suitable shoes, clothing, and sunscreen. Bring water and a camera. Expect a bit of mud here and there. Climb the hill, a bit after the tombs, that rises up to the right of the path: there are sometimes horses hanging out atop it among a smattering of trees. Bring a camera (no flash in the tombs!) and a flashlight.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

By Dan Anderson
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22 Aug 2011

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