3 day trip to San Agustin - World Archeological Site

San Agustín

3 days, 2 nights

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Experience an adventure starting with a night bus from Bogotá to San Agustín. Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast before choosing your afternoon activity: a horseback riding tour through archaeological sites or an exhilarating rafting experience on the Magdalena River.

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San Agustín is Colombia's most recognized archaeological destination. The mysterious indigenous group that built hundreds of giant stone sculptures in this area vanished before the Spanish conquerors arrived, leaving many unanswered questions for contemporary archaeology. Additionally, San Agustín is in the Colombian Massif Area, known for its impressive water resources and stunning mountainous landscapes. Discover this magical place in southwestern Colombia on this memorable 3-day adventure.
 

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Day 1

Begin your adventure with a convenient hotel pick-up in Bogotá, where you will be transferred to the Terminal Salitre. Here, you’ll board a night bus to San Agustin, departing at 10:00 p.m. and arriving at your destination at approximately 8:00 a.m. Upon arrival, a transfer will take you from the San Agustin terminal to your hotel between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel to prepare for an exciting day ahead.

At 2:00 p.m., choose between two thrilling activities based on your preferred level of physical activity:

Option 1: Horseback Riding Adventure: Ride through rural paths leading to the archaeological and natural sites of El Tablón and La Chaquira. As you traverse the majestic landscapes of the Colombian Massif on horseback, connect with the enigmatic archaeological sculptures discovered in these mountains. This scenic journey lasts approximately 3 hours.

Alternatively, you can opt for a car tour that visits the same sites mentioned above, plus three additional locations: El Tablón, La Chaquira, La Pelota, and El Purutal. This tour also takes about 3 hours and offers a more relaxed pace while exploring these significant cultural sites.

Option 2: Rafting on the Magdalena River: Cool off in the waters of the Magdalena River and experience an exhilarating adventure navigating its rapids, up to level 3. Starting at the bridge that divides the municipalities of San Agustin and Isnos, the rafting journey takes you 8 kilometers downstream, offering an exciting and refreshing experience that lasts approximately 3 hours.

After your chosen activity, you will be returned to your hotel in San Agustin, where you can relax and reflect on the day's adventures.

 

Day 2

Embark on a journey through the southern tourist ring to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of San Agustin and its surroundings.

Begin your day with a visit to the iconic Estrecho del Magdalena, where Colombia's national river narrows to just 2.20 meters amid a stunning canyon nestled between the eastern and central mountain ranges. Here, immerse yourself in the art of weaving with plantain fiber alongside the Rengifo Becerra family, who will share their unique artisanal legacy with you, a tradition found only in Colombia.

Continue your tour along paths lined with sugarcane and coffee plantations until you reach the Alto de los Ídolos and Las Piedras Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the mysteries hidden within the mountains of the Central Andes as you marvel at the impressive Mortiño waterfall, cascading approximately 220 meters down. This full-day excursion lasts approximately 8 hours and includes car rides with stops at each of the tourist attractions and short walks to fully experience each site's beauty and significance.

 

Day 3

Explore the wonders of San Agustín on a day dedicated to archaeology and nature. Begin your journey with a tour of the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the magic and legacy left by the pre-Columbian cultures that once inhabited the Alto Magdalena region. Wander along trails surrounded by the rich flora and fauna of the Colombian Massif, and connect deeply with the ancestral heritage found at Mesitas A, B, C, Fuente del Lavapatas, Alto del Lavapatas, Bosque de las Estatuas, and the Museum. This walking tour is designed with low physical demand, allowing ample time to absorb the profound cultural and historical significance of each site over a duration of 4 to 5 hours.

Following your exploration, enjoy a leisurely afternoon to delve into the local culture. Explore the town's craft street, adorned with vibrant murals depicting the region's history and traditions. Visit the historic church, a testament to San Agustín's colonial past, and discover specialty coffee shops offering unique blends that reflect the area's coffee-growing heritage. This free time invites you to immerse yourself at your own pace in the charm and authenticity of San Agustín.

At 5:30 pm, we'll provide a transfer from your hotel to San Agustín Terminal, where you'll board a bus bound for Bogotá. Arriving in the early hours at Bogotá's bus terminal, a vehicle will be waiting to transport you to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable and convenient return from your day of archaeological exploration and cultural immersion in San Agustín. This journey not only enriches your understanding of Colombia's ancient civilizations but also offers moments of tranquility and discovery amidst the natural beauty and historical depth of the region.



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Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entry tickets to attractions mentioned
  • Round public bus trip from Bogotá to San Agustín

Not Included

  • Meals (Lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation (ask us for hotels and special prices!)
  • Adventure activity: Options of rafting or horseback riding to the sites Tablón, Chaquira, Pelota, and Purutal

Important information

The experiences during your stay can change depending on you, and you can arrange a custom design experience on location.
Please note that the San Agustín Archaeological Park is closed on Tuesdays, and the Las Piedras Archaeological Park is closed on Wednesdays.

Additional information

Things to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses

Cancellation policies
(Free cancellation available)

For land (hotel, transfers, experiences, meals). You can cancel anytime and get a refund according to the time you cancel.
- Up to 15 days before the trip: 100% refund. 

- 10 to 14 days before the trip: 80% refund. 

- 5 to 9 days before the trip: 40% refund. 

- 0 to 4 days before the trip: non-refundable. 

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