Not for the village but the surroundings

Trip Start Apr 22, 2010
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Trip End Aug 27, 2010


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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San Agustin is a small village 6 hours from Popayan. To get there you need to go by bus on a very but very bumpy road for 6 hours. The most of the road is a dirt road and you'll get very shaken up during the trip. This was as well the case from Armenia till Popayan. The roads are really not the best in Colombia :) and you get very tired of travelling by bus on these roads but no other option if you want to visit the more isolated parts of the country.
   
As we didn't have much time we chose to take horses for 4 hours and do a tour of several archeologic sites. It was a wise idea as you get to go through really nice landscapes, much faster than by walking and the roads are very muddy. As well it is just cool to ride a horse and get the liberty to galop whenever you want and go slow whenever you feel like it. Just a great sensation and I probably should have done this more. Especially in El Calafate in Argentina and other places...but next time for sure :)

The archeologic sites are nice with lots of statues. 
It is worth to come here even though it isn't the most relaxing trip if you are in a hurry. We stayed here only one night and in the afternoon we went. 

Well our bus should have left at 2PM but as always there was something wrong and the bus was cancelled and we left at 4:30 PM...  

RAQUEL

El viaje a San Agustin es de aquellos para no olvidar, 6 horas metidos en un bus con asientos super pequeños y por una carretera que ni para las cabras... Pero a pesar de todo vale la pena; el pueblo es super feo, pero la visita a los restos arqueologicos de los alrededores es muy interesante. Como no teniamos mucho tiempo hicimos un tour a caballo durante la mañana en el que visitamos cuatro sitios arqueologicos y luego nos dejaron en el parque arqueologico de San Agustin.

La experiencia fue bonita, por ir con los caballos, que de vez en cuando incluso galopaban, y tambien un poco estresante, ya que habia mucho barro y habia pendientespor donde los caballos derrapaban. Las ruinas consisten en bloques de piedra tallados en forma de figuras humanas, algunas de ellas muy bien conservadas. Muy poco se conoce de esta cultura que habito en esta region hace miles de años, principalmente porque hasta hace unos cinco años esta zona era delas FARC y no se han podido hacer excavaciones y estudios mas exhaustivas. Desde hace unos años sin embargo, el gobierno ha invertido en seguridad en la zona para atraer a los turistas.

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