Hi All! This is a short last minute post... I was reviewing my Colombia Travel Blog's traffic charts and I realized that the most sought after keyword today is "San Agustin Archaeological Park" and the Top Hidden Colombia Destinations entry the most popular one, which is strange, because what I usually get is tons of hits on the topics of "safety in Colombia", Cartagena, Medellin, "Travel to Colombia", etc...
Intrigued by that fact, I researched a little more and discovered that today's Microsoft's search engine ( Bing) frontpage featured a beautiful picture of one of San Agustin Archaeological Park's statues! This is so amazing! One of the most well keeped secrets of Colombia in an extremely high traffic page!!!! , as I have said before the San Agustin Archaeological park is an amazing collection of hundreds of impressive precolumbian head stones in a huge natural area of southern Colombia , bigger than - for instance - the Machu Picchu national park in Peru.
So I thought I'd take the opportunitty to give you some more details on San Agustin archaeological park:
How to get to San Agustin Archaeological Park
The closest mayor town is Neiva south of Colombia. From Bogota you can fly with Aires for about US$40 and get there in about 1 hour or, take a bus from Bogota’s bus terminal and enjoy the 326 ks and 6 hours of beautiful scenery. Once there, you need to take another bus, but this time going to Pitalito (212 ks) and once there take a local bus (US$0,5) or a taxi (US$3) to San Agustin. The bus from Bogota to Neiva costs about US$15 and from Pitalito to San Agustin another US$10.
Entrance fees are: free for kids under, from 7 to 17 years old is COL$5.000 (US$3) and COL$10.000 (US$6) for adults.
What to bring
It takes about 3 hours to complete the park circuit, so I recommend to take with you:
- A day pack
- Plenty of water
- Sun screen and a hat
- Walking shoes and light clothes, the average temperature there is 18 centigrades.
Apart from the main park – San Agustin – there are two more archaeological sites closed by called Alto Lavapatas y el Bosque de las Estatuas which you can also visit paying a little bit extra; and a second one called Tierradentro located very closed to a town called La Plata 126 ks from Neiva.
But that's not all… from Neiva you can also visit the amazing Tatacoa desert too!