San Agustín and around

Famed for its mysterious pre-Columbian stone figures of men, animals and gods, the little town of San Agustín is also an opportunity to enjoy the rural landscape of Colombia at its finest. The largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America, the statues uncovered in this wild, spectacular countryside were hewn from stone between 3300 BC and the arrival of the Spanish. Little is known about the culture that produced them, further adding to their fascination. Many of the figures have been moved to an archaeological park just outside the town but you can also visit some which remain at their original spots, ensconced in rolling green hills rich in colourful, sub-tropical flowers and tumbling brooks. Here, the Río Magdalena is at its angriest, kicking and screaming into life as it begins its journey through the heart of Colombia towards the Atlantic coast.

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