San Agustín Archaeological Park
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San Agustín Archaeological Park

The area of San Agustín is very well known for its pre-Colombian archaeological legacy and the park was declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

The archaeological site extends over a territory of 2,000 km2, at an altitude of only 1,800 m. and is 2 km from the town of San Agustín. Many of the pieces, which range from one meter to seven meters and can weigh more than a ton, dwell on life’s duality; the sun and the moon, death and birth. Archaeologists estimate that the statues were created between 100 BC and 800 AD. These magnificent pieces are all that remain of an aesthetically advanced civilization that lived and disappeared in mystery 1,500 years ago, leaving only these statues to speak for it.

The park offers a great scenery , set amid gentle hills and thick woods. The whole valley is full of beautiful places to discover as the Magdalena River (the most important river in Colombia as it travels through the country onto the Caribbean) Strait,various cascades, caves, and forests.

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