San Agustin and Popayan
In the South-West part of Colombia you can find towns with long histories and rich cultures
Are you interested in old history and archeology? Then this is a must-go!
Did you know that the magnificent sculptures of San Agustin are the only remnant of a civilization that mysteriously disappeared 1,500 years ago?
You will find interesting and funny statues in all sizes scattered around San Agustin. The Archaeological Park of San Agustin has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995. The park has the largest group of religious monuments and prehistoric stone statues in South America. first and eighth centuries.
In addition to its rich history, San Agustin also has impressive natural areas, such as the Salto de Bordones waterfall, which at about 400 meters is considered the second highest waterfall in Colombia and the eighth most important waterfall in South America. Also the river Magdalena which is reduced here to 2.20 meters wide between large rocks and other places of great natural beauty, the waterfall de mortiño, the waterfall with three streams, the waterfall Simón Bolívar, canyons and landscapes and more.
In the town of San Agustin there are a large number of colonial houses built about a 100 years ago that have kept their architecture, some of these colonial houses have been carefully restored to maintain the charm of the grandparents' architecture.
A sense of peace envelops those who walk the streets of Popayán, with its elegant white churches and residences.
Founded in 1537 by Sebastian de Belalcázar, the capital of Cauca is one of the most important religious centers in Colombia. From this city you can visit nearby mountains, valleys, and lakes.
Popayán’s historical and cultural richness is reflected in its buildings, especially during Holy Week when tradition plays an important role. The department is populated by the Nasa, Embera, and Guambia indigenous communities, among others, and offers visitors spas with relaxing hot springs.
The city takes great care in organizing its Easter processions —they are Popayán’s major attraction. Since the seventeenth century, the city’s residents keep its white walls clean to celebrate this event. Visitors enjoy the pomp that fills the streets during one of the most important religious celebrations in Colombia.
If you visit Popayan on a Tuesday you can visit the local indigenous market in Silva. At this market you will find local fruits, vegetables, textiles, flowers, desserts and many more things. It gives you the opportunity to get in contact with the Guambia and Paez indigenous communities.