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Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1538, a complex and developed indigenous civilization existed around the Huila region. The Augustinian culture reined supreme here between 1,000 B.C. and 1,650 A.D., before fading away—though not without a fight. Famed sites, like those in San Agustín, are what’s left of the culture today. Local tribes, like the Pijao, the Andiquie, the Yalcones, the Paeces and the Tamas, all fiercely opposed the conquistadores. They made imperial expansion difficult in this region.

Neiva was first founded in 1539 by Juan de Cabrera, but was subsequently destroyed. The city was founded a second time by Juan Alonso on the present-day site of Villavieja to the north, though this was also destroyed. Finally, in May 1612, Diego de Ospina y Medinilla, chancellor of Nueva Granada, founded “Limpia Concepción del Valle de Neiva,” where Neiva has stood ever since.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Neiva: Getting To and Away, Safety and When to Go.








By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
10 Feb 2012



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