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San Agustin and Popayan

In the South-West part of Colombia you can find towns with long histories and rich cultures

San Agustin

One of the greatest mysteries of ancient civilizations can be seen in the Archaeological Park of San Agustin, on the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1995. 

Here you can find the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America. Stone is the material that civilization that inhabited these lands in southern Huila between the first and eighth centuries chose to make their mark. 

If you are interested to learn more about this civilization and archaeological sites, San Agustin is the place to visit. 

San Agustín also has important natural sites such as the waterfall called Salto de Bordones, which with its approximately 400 meters is considered the second highest waterfall in Colombia and the eighth most important waterfall in South America. Also the Strait of the River Magdalena which is formed when the Magdalena River is reduced to 2.20 meters wide when passing between large rocks and other sites of great natural beauty such as the waterfall de mortiño, the three jets waterfall, Simón Bolívar waterfall, canyons and landscapes, among others.

In the town of San Agustin there are a large number of colonial houses with around 100 years of construction that still retain their architecture, some of these colonial houses have been carefully restored to preserve the charm of our grandparents' architecture.

Popayan

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.