The San Agustín Archaeological Park is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Colombia. It is located in the town of San Agustín, in the Department of Huila, in southern Colombia. The San Agustín Archaeological Park is home to the biggest group of megalithic sculptures in South America.
The San Agustín Archaeological Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee which took place in Seville, Spain, on 22-30 June, 2009.
Photos of San Agustín Archaeological Park
Jaguar Man, San Agustin, Colombia
Author: Luis Carlos Alvarado (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic)
Statue from San Agustin culture, Colombia
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Basilica de San Francisco, Sucre, Bolivia
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 1 55 0 W 76 13 60 in the municipalities of San Augustín and San José de Isnos
Inscription Year: 1995
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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Visiting San Agustín Archaeological Park
San Agustín is 9 hours from Bogotá by bus. On your way, you will pass through scenic views of the Tatacoa Desert and Magdalena River.
In San Agustín, the archaeological site is scattered over a wide area. The best way to explore is on foot, as the scenery is often panoramic. Alternatively you may rent a horse or join a jeep tour.
Parque Arqueologico, or the archaeological park, is the main sight to visit. You can view the ancient burial sites and ancient statues here. There is also a small museum providing details. The park is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day, and entrance fee is COP$6000.
Alto de los Idoles is a smaller site, but just as impressive as the archaeological park. The views are simply spectacular here.
There are four more sites to visit, if you have the time. Chaquira is a site overlooking the Rio Magdalena valley. La Pelota has well-preserved statues, some with their original paint. El Prutal is yet another site. Obando has underground tombs and a small museum showcasing ancient pottery.