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Huíla, Andean South

San Agustín

This idyllic village, situated at an altitude of 1730m (5675ft), is surrounded by a patchwork of mountains in 1000 different shades. In this quiet picturesque town where horses still outnumber cars, you can find delightful handcrafted souvenirs & very welcoming people. Immerse yourself in the mystical history of a myriad of archaeological sites. Enjoy walks in this magical valley, admire the highest freefall waterfall of Colombia, Salto de Bordones (400m/1312ft) or go relax at the Estrecho de Magdalena.

HIGHLIGHTS
Magdalena Rafting: they run a variety of tours specializing in ADVENTURE. Activities like rafting (53pp), horseback riding (45pp), kayak, trip to Magdalena lagoon (300pp), rappelling, Caño Cristal (550pp; 8hrs in 4x4 from San Agustin). Cel 311-271 53 33, info@magdalenarafting.com, @cll 5 # 16-04, open daily. sanagustincolombia.com.co

Archaeological Parks: typical sculptures & statues from San Agustín’s aboriginal culture. The entrance is valid for 2 D & can be used for the 3 parks: Parque Arq (Bosque de las Estatuas is located here) + Alto de los Ídolos (the biggest statue = 7m/23ft) + Alto de las Piedras. From 8am-4pm (up to Bosque) & until 5:30pm (other parts), 20pp. From the village to the Arq. Park: T = 5min, 5/tr. Obando park where the tombs are located = 2pp.

La Chaquira: here you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the canyon, hills & the Magdalena river surrounded by waterfalls. The exuberant green carpet of nature stretching out beyond you. From town T = 10min, 6/tr.

What to do? Rafting, rappel, horseback riding + jeep tours where you visit archaeological sites & admire the natural beauty like e.g. a spectacular waterfall Salto del Mortiño (180m/591ft) (= 1pp).

ACCOMMODATION
Casa de Nelly

HOW2GETTHERE
Popayán = 4,5hrs, 30pp (switch T @Los 3 Cruzes, crossroad close to San Agustin). Bogotá = 10hrs, 54-60pp. Pitalito = 50min, 7pp. Pitalito-Mocoa = 2,5hrs, 18-25pp. Pereira = 13hrs, 57pp. Armenia = 55pp. Cali = 7hrs, 40pp.

TIP
UNESCO world heritage site.