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March 29th 2007
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Parque Arqueologico, San AugustinParque Arqueologico, San AugustinParque Arqueologico, San Augustin

ancient stone sculptures showing a lot of animal figurines like monkeys, snakes, jaguars and eagles...
two days around the province of Huila in Colombia visiting the world heritage ruins in this part of the country. i felt quite priveledged knowing that in 2006 only 10 people a month or 120 for the whole year visited this marvelous place deep in the colombian countryside not far from Guerilla territory but deep in the countryside. enjoy....

These ruins really do feel a lot more historical than the Aztec and Mayan places that I have visited in Mexico and Guatemala and the ingravings on the statues is not as detailed as the ruins of Tikal, Chitzen Itza and the Aztec pyramids and other lenca ruins that run through Honduras and Guatemala.

The journey to actually visit the sites is pretty amazing too and involves taking a four wheel drive range rover with four other people around steep sloping mountains, valleys and mud avenues sometimes full of local farmers cultivating coffee or sugar cane. On one part of the journey its necessary to actually leave the vehicle and join in the clearing of our path through the mountains because the farm workers have just been throwing the sugar cane high from the hillsides and trying to load
Parque Arqueologico, San AugustinParque Arqueologico, San AugustinParque Arqueologico, San Augustin

ancient stone sculptures showing a lot of animal figurines like monkeys, snakes, jaguars and eagles...
it onto a small truck down below. The tour also involves seeing a number of spectacular cascades or waterfalls which make a nice change from the huge mountains that have to be crossed and navigated in this part of south west Colombia. It really makes a mockery of what the Lonely Planet book and also on the foreign and commonwealth office site which states that this part of the country should be avoided because of the guerilla dangers because I found it to be one of the most tranquil places and relaxing parts of the whole country and because there is always a heavy police and army prescence you never feel too scared to go anywhere.


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Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, ColombiaParque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia
Parque Arquilogico , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, ColombiaAncient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia

selection of the ruins here in the southern colombia at the national park & world unesco heritage site
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, ColombiaAncient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia

monkey influenced statue at the national park
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, ColombiaAncient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia
Ancient ruins , San Augustin, Colombia

soldier influenced statue at the national park with weapon in front for guarding
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, ColombiaExcavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia

some of the many tombs here, which contained a lot of gold objects which are now on exhibit in at the Gold Museum in Bogota
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, ColombiaExcavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia

some of the many tombs here, which contained a lot of gold objects which are now on exhibit in at the Gold Museum in Bogota
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, ColombiaExcavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia
Excavated Tombs, San Augustin, Colombia

some of the many tombs here, which contained a lot of gold objects which are now on exhibit in at the Gold Museum in Bogota
Musuem, National Park, San AugustinMusuem, National Park, San Augustin
Musuem, National Park, San Augustin

some of the many statues here have been given protection from the elements in the museum here
National Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San AugustinNational Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San Augustin
National Museum at Arquilogical Park, San Augustin

some of the preserved statues here inside the museum plus the map showing the indigenous settlements here thousands years ago
National Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San AugustinNational Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San Augustin
National Museum at Arquilogical Park, San Augustin

some of the preserved statues here inside the museum plus the map showing the indigenous settlements here thousands years ago
National Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San AugustinNational Museum at  Arquilogical Park, San Augustin
National Museum at Arquilogical Park, San Augustin

some of the preserved statues here inside the museum plus the map showing the indigenous settlements here thousands years ago


6th December 2009

good job
i think this whole web page has done a very good job on its information and that everything is so organized and clear> i wil continue to use this web page the next time i have a project GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6th December 2009

lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that pic above looks hella funny yo it looks like a buji anteich lol smiley face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16th April 2010

good work!
i am a student at a school and i used this site for one of my geography projects and i worked very well. i plan on going to this site any time i need it for a project! keep up the good work guys:)!!!!!!!!
15th July 2010

we love columbia
I agree that Colombia is absoluty safe and friendly, certainly safer than LA these days. To bad the media likes to play up the bad old times. We visit a few times a year and it is always a wonderfull expierince.

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