Located in the foothills of the Andes in the central Colombian department of Huila, San Agustin Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. The sculptures and monuments in the park have been traced back to the mythology of pre-Hispanic people that inhabited the area hundreds of years ago, and who were forced out of the area and into the Amazon and Orinoco regions of Colombia around 1400. The monumental park is home to around 500 monuments of which most are related to funerals and burials.
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From £590 - 3 Days
Archaeology, Coffee and Nature In One Trip!
This short adeventure in Colombia will take you to San Agustin Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will see the largest group of megalithic sculptures and religious monuments in South America. The park is not only an archaeological treasure, but it is also located in spectacular, rugged terrain surrounded by the Magdalena Valley.
This Colombia tour gives you the opportunity to learn about the history and religious significance of the tombs and statues found in San Agustin. Enjoy Colombia's beautiful trails on horseback while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Colombian Andes. You will also get the chance to visit a real coffee farm in Pitalito. This is where you will learn about the whole coffee production process and even taste various samples. History buffs and archaeology lovers will really enjoy this fun tour in San Agustin!
EXPERIENCE TYPE Archaeology, Culture & Eco-tourism
DAY 1 Travel to San Agustin
You will take a flight from Bogota to Pitalito, a small town only 45 min driving from San Agustin. There is only one flight per day and the departure time varies depending on the day of the week.
At the relevant, time we will transfer you to the airport in Bogota. Upon arrival in Pitalito, we will pick you up from the airport to transfer you to the hotel in San Agustin.
Overnight: San Agustin Meal Plan: None
DAY 2 Archaeological Park of San Agustin
We will spend the morning at the main Archaeological park site. The park is an open-air exhibition of about 16 reconstructed funerary mound and hundreds of megalithic sculptures. We can also see related archaeological materials at the site´s museum.
The sculptures and monuments in the park have been traced back to the mythology of pre-Hispanic people that inhabited the area hundreds of years ago, and who were forced out of the area and into the Amazon and Orinoco regions of Colombia around 1400. The group practically disappeared at this time. The dates of the statues are uncertain, but they are believed to have been carved between 5–400 AD.
At the park, we will visit various sites including: Bosque de las Estatuas (The statues forest), the Mesita A, Mesita B, Mesita C, Alto de Lavapatas and Fuente de Lavapatas, a complex maze of pools and water channels hewn from bedrock carved with figures of animals and humans. It was used for religious ceremonies and bathing.
After visiting the park, we will have time for lunch before going to El Tablon and La Chaquira. At El Tablon we will see other anthropomorphic statues. Then, we will hike to La Chaquira one of the most impressive sites, with deities carved into the sheer rock above the beautiful Río Magdalena gorge.
Overnight: San Agustin Meal Plan: Breakfast
DAY 3 The Magdalena River strait and coffee plantation
The Magdalena river is the most important river of Colombia and the fifth-largest river basin in South America. It stretches from the Central and Easter Andes in the south of the country to the Caribbean Sea in the north. It runs up for nearly 949 miles (1,528 kilometres) and is home to many diverse ecosystems including forest, mountains, valleys and wetlands. As the source of the Magdalena River is not far from San Agustin, today, we will be able to visit the Magdalena Strait, where the river squeezes through a narrow canyon just under 3m (9.84 ft) in width.
This region of Colombia, apart from being famous due to the archaeologic sites, it is also quite important for the high-quality coffee. Therefore, after visiting the Magdalena Strait, we will go to a coffee farm to learn everything about harvesting and making coffee, from planting the coffee beans to the picking and roasting process. We will learn how to select and pick only the ripe coffee cherries and also how to taste and evaluate the coffee's quality, just like a coffee expert.
At the relevant time, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Bogota.
Overnight: None Meal Plan: Breakfast
- Airport pick up and drop off in San Agustin
- 2 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
- Domestic flights: Bogota – Pitalito - Bogota (Satena) - Direct
- Luggage allowance Satena: 1 bag of maximum 15 kg - Cabin: 1 bag of maximum 5 kg
- Private ground transport
- Meals as defined in the itinerary
- Local English-speaking tour guides
- Experiences and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary
What’s not included
- International flights
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Tips and other discretionary expenses
- Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
- Early / late check in on the first / last day of the tour
- Extra luggage with Satena - The cost per extra Kilogram is approximately 5,600 COP - You will pay this at the airport
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