San Agustin

San Agustin, photo by MegavasCol
San Agustin (photo by MegavasCol)
 

San Agustín is a moderate-sized town (pop: 30,000) in Southern Colombia that is famous for its pre-Colombian statues.

These statues are located in an “Archaeological Park” that is set in a wild, spectacular landscape.

This World Heritage Site represents the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.

Large stone Gods and mythical animals are skilfully represented in styles ranging from abstract to realist.

These works of art display the creativity and imagination of a northern Andean culture that flourished from the 1st to the 8th century.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide

 

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Asgard

Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Asgard is situated in San Agustín in the Huila Region. The accommodation boasts a sauna. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$40

 
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Hotel La Casa de Francois

Featuring free WiFi, Hotel La Casa de Francois offers accommodation in San Agustín. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Some units have views of the mountain or garden. There is a gift shop at the property. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$21

 
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Hospedaje El Turista

Hospedaje El Turista offers accommodation in San Agustín. The rooms include a TV with cable channels. All rooms have a private bathroom. Both free WiFi and private parking are available at this hostel. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$10

 
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Hospedaje la Tercera

Offering a terrace and views of the city, Hospedaje la Tercera is situated in San Agustín. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$34

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Villa Celeste

Featuring free WiFi, Villa Celeste offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Agustín. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony with mountain views. There is a private bathroom with a shower in every unit. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$17

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hostal Huaka-yo

Hostal Huaka-yo

Surrounded by scenic natural landscapes, Hostal Huaka-yo is located in San Agustín. Free continental breakfast and an on-site à la carte restaurant is offered by this guest house. Featuring garden views, each room provides guests with free WiFi. Average score from 397 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$23

 
$239.4
Hotel Restaurante La Antigua

Hotel Restaurante La Antigua

Boasting a Bio-Architectonic construction, Hotel Restaurante La Antigua offers Eco- friendly accommodation 1 km from San Agustin. Free WiFi is provided. Some units include a balcony and/or patio with mountain views. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$27

 
$279.2
Hostal Alto de los Andaquies

Hostal Alto de los Andaquies

This country style inn just 1 km off San Agustin offers private balconies and garden views from every room. There is complimentary coffee and Internet access is free. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$27 - $37

 
$279.1
Finca El Recreo

Finca El Recreo

Finca El Recreo offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Agustín, 1 km from the Archaeological Museum in alto Mesitas. Free private parking is available on site. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$21

 
$218.8
Hotel Arqueológico San Agustín

Hotel Arqueológico San Agustín

Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Arqueológico San Agustín offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Agustín. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. Average score from 397 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$30

$308.6
Finca El Cielo

Finca El Cielo

Offering a restaurant and free WiFi, Finca El Cielo is located in San Agustín, Colombia. The ancient ruins of San Agustín Archaeological Park are located 5.6 km away from the hotel. A satellite TV with a DVD player is included in all rooms. Average score from 77 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$34

 
$348.6
Casa Pampa Ecocabaña

Casa Pampa Ecocabaña

Casa Pampa Ecocabaña offers accommodation in San Agustín. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 47 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$19

 
$198.5
Hospedaje la Tercera

Hospedaje la Tercera

Offering a terrace and views of the city, Hospedaje la Tercera is situated in San Agustín. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$34

$348.4
Hotel La Casa de Francois

Hotel La Casa de Francois

Featuring free WiFi, Hotel La Casa de Francois offers accommodation in San Agustín. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Some units have views of the mountain or garden. There is a gift shop at the property. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$21

 
$218.3
Hostal San Agustin

Hostal San Agustin

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hostal San Agustin offers accommodation in San Agustín. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$17

 
$177.9
Hotel Valladollyd

Hotel Valladollyd

Set in a country-style house and surrounded by beautiful scenery in San Agustin, Valladollyd offers accommodation with cable TV. It is located near the World Heritage by UNESCO Archaeological Park. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$27 - $30

$277.5
Mundo Loko

Mundo Loko

Offering an outdoor pool and views of the mountain, Mundo Loko is set in San Agustín. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area and/or balcony. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$23

 
$237.1

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Cultural
Visual Arts
World Heritage Sites says: “The tombs contain an elaborate funerary architecture of stone corridors, columns, sarcophagi and large impressive statues depicting gods or supernatural beings, an expression of the link between deceased ancestors and the supernatural power that marks the institutionalization of power in the region... The monuments are located at the political and demographic centers of chiefdom societies that consolidated their power through complex ceremonial activities and the production of knowledge. San Agustín chiefdoms and the outstanding statuary of their tombs represent an exceptional trajectory of political centralization amidst a rugged environment and without the concentration of economic wealth, and as such are of great scientific and aesthetic importance.”
Combination
Archeological Sites

San Agustín Archaeological Park

The largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America stands in a wild, spectacular landscape. Gods and mythical animals are skilfully represented in styles ranging from abstract to realist. These works of art display the creativity and imagination of a northern Andean culture that flourished from the 1st to the 8th century. Alto de los Idoles if far less visited, a bit smaller, but equally impressive as the archaeological park. The views from the park amazing. There is no transportation to and from San Agustin, only to San Jose de Isnos. Within easy walking distance are the four small sites El Tablon, with several statues; La Chaquira, carved rocks dramatically set overlooking the valley of the Rio Magdalena; La Pelota, with some coloured statues in excellent state and El Purutal. These can easily be visited in one day walking. Far north of San Agustin is Obando a small sites with some underground tombs and a tiny museum with some of the excavated pottery. There are carros going to and from San Agustin to Obando. Other archaeological sites are Alto de Las Piedras, Alto de las Guacas, Alto del Mortiño o del Tigre, Granada, El Jabón, Lavaderos o Naranjos and La Parada.
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