San Agustín Things to Do

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    Alto de los Idolos

    by elsadran Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    This is another archaeological park on the other side of Magdalena river. It was principally a funerary place where you can observe the different kinds of tombs. There are 15 archaeological sites around the area. The nature is of great natural beauty and the views from the top are amazing. The tallest statues of 7 meters has been found here. It is located near San Jose de los Isnos. Entrance is 3.5$

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    archaeological museum

    by elsadran Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    There is an archaeological museum where ceramics, bone remains and seeds are exhibited. The exhibits items have been found in the tombs and the surrounding area. They are personal items of the deceased people, tools used in everyday life, pots, gold jewelry, even food and seeds, and some more statues.

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    The Tour

    by elsadran Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Rio Magdalena-2 meters wide!!!
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    First we visited the narrowest point of Rio Magdalena .The width is only 2 meters.! Can you imagine a river that reaches 50 meters in width running through some rocks just two meters wide! It has the unbelievable depth of 30 to 100 meters! In some places strong whirlpools are created where many swimmers have been killed. Locals call them 'hoyas de Magdalena' which means 'Magdalena's holes'.
    Later going on to the archaeological sites we stopped on the road near Obando and gulped the most delicious arepas. An arepa is made of corn flour and filled with different kinds of local cheese!
    Then we went to the Alto de los Idolos. We walked to the different groups of statues as the guide was giving us the information. The views are majestic from the top. We ended up at San Jose Isnos, a small town , where we had a tasty and very cheap fish dish. Our final stop was at Salto de Bordones with a beautiful 300m waterfall in an amazing landscape! It cost us 15$ each.

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    'La fuente de Lavapatas'

    by elsadran Written Jun 21, 2008

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    There is also a spring called 'La fuente de Lavapatas'. It was a sacred place where ceremonies and rituals took place. But where women also gave birth to their children sitting on the suitably shaped rocks. These rocks if you look at them from above, have shapes of animals and humans. They are separated by canals of water.

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    seeing the sites on horseback

    by rambling_rose Written May 3, 2008

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    The best way to see the archeological sites off the beaten track is on horseback. We arranged horses and a guide through El Maco hostel and got Pacho, the best guide in town! The horses were great - very eager to go and well looked after. Pacho has a wealth of information about the sites and the local area in general.

    We went to La Pelota, La Chaquira and El Tablon. Cost will depend on numbers as you pay per horse and then for the guide and his horse.

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    El Tablón

    by MalenaN Written Oct 26, 2007

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    El Tablón is only situated a few km north of San Agustin and can easily be visited on foot. Here there are six stone statues down a hill. Some paint can still be seen on a few of them. The stone statues are not the only attraction at El Tablón, but in the house next to the site you can have some coffee and have your horoscope cast according to the Mayan calendar. There is also a museum (entrance fee was 2000 pesos in August 2007) with old tools and machines used in farming and for handicraft.

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    Sugar cane factory

    by MalenaN Written Oct 26, 2007

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    In the beginning of the jeep tour we made a short stop at a sugar cane factory. The sugar processing seemed to involve a whole family. At the first stage the cane juice is extracted from the cane and then it is lead to big bowls for boiling. The cane fibres left after the extraction of the juice are used for the fires in the ovens beneath the boilers. After three stages of boiling the syrup is poured into moulds to harden. The ready sugar is yellow/brown and tastes very good.

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    Obando

    by MalenaN Written Oct 26, 2007

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    Obando is a village some kilometres north of El Estrecho. If you are passing by you can stop here for a while to see the museum. It is a small museum with some pottery (there is a lot of empty space in the room so maybe the exhibition will be bigger in the future). The entrance fee to the museum was 2000 pesos (August 2007).
    There is a souvenir shop beside the museum and some deep holes in the ground in front of the museum, which are underground tombs. Outside there are no signs or explanations.

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    Museo Arqueológio

    by MalenaN Written Oct 22, 2007

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    The Archaeological Museum
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    The Archaeological Museum is by the administration buildings and where you pay the entrance to the park, so it is good to start here before going to the park. It will give you some good background information (in Spanish) about the culture in the area. Displayed in the museum there are pottery, jewellery, stone statues and a wooden coffin among other things.
    The museum closes at 17.00.

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    Parque Arqueológico

    by MalenaN Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Archaeological Park, San Agustin
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    The Archaeological Park is situated about 2,5 km west of San Agustin. The park covers a large area, 78 hectares, and it is hear you will find a large number of stone statues of gods and mythical animals, many of them guarding tombs. There are 130 statues in the park and some have been brought here from other areas, but many stand where they have been found.

    Within the park there are many different sites to see; Mesita A, Mesita B, Mesita C, Fuente de Lavapatas, Alto de Lavapatas, Bosque de Las Estatuas and the archaeological museum. To see it properly you will need a few hours.

    Entrance fee was 7000 pesos (August 2007), but as they had ran out of adult tickets I paid 6000 pesos for two children ticket.

    You can easily walk here from San Agustin, but I had some problems finding the right way back to Casa de Nelly, as I had arrived from a completely different direction. The administration building was closed and nobody was around who I could ask for the way. I saw some women by the road and asked them . They were just visiting and could not help me. Luckily two men came walking and as I asked them it turned out one of them was the gardener of Nelly and he lived just next to her house, so I could walk with them.

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    Fuente de Lavapatas

    by MalenaN Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Fuente de Lavapatas is a labyrinth of small streams and pools on a rock bed with carved out figures of faces, lizards and snakes. It is believed it was used for ritual bathes and the worship of aquatic deities.
    There is a foot bridge going over the site so that you can get a good view over the patterns in the rock.
    Fuente de Lavapatas is situated within the Archaeological Park in San Agustin.

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    Salto de Bordones

    by MalenaN Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Further north from Alto de Las Piedras is the waterfall Salto de Bordones. I have read somewhere that it is 400 metres high, but as it was largely covered in clouds when I visited, I can’t tell. For a better view you can follow the path winding down the valley for a while. I did, but far from the end.
    The view over the valley was beautiful, but unfortunately the clouds would not leave the waterfall so not much was seen on that side.
    There is a house, by the viewpoint. I’m not sure if there has been a café or something else here in the past, but now it seem to be very run down and a family is living here. There is a public bathroom in the house but it was disgusting.

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    Alto de Las Piedras

    by MalenaN Written Oct 20, 2007

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    After lunch we went on to Alto de Las Piedras, which is an archaeological park situated 6 km north of San José de Isnos. Around the tombs here you will find some very interesting figures. One of them, which is supposed to be one of the most famous figures in the region, is called the Double Yo and on it there are actually four figures carved. Another statue is of a pregnant women. If you look on the stones in the tombs you will see traces of red, yellow and black paint.
    There was no entrance fee to Alto de Las Piedras.

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    Alto de Lavapatas

    by MalenaN Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Statue at Alto de Lavapatas
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    Alto de Lavapatas is within the Archaeological park in San Agustin but it is situated further away from the other statues. This part closes earlier than the rest of the site, at 4pm. The time had just passed four when I wanted to go and I was told by the guards it was closed. I persuaded them that I was going very quickly and walking up the stairs were no problem for me so luckily I could go.
    Alto de Lavapatas is the oldest archaeological site in San Agustin and here you will find seven different stone statues guarding the tombs. The site is situated on top of a hill and the view from here is very nice. To come here you must walk up a lot of stairs.

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    Bosque de Las Estatuas

    by MalenaN Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Statue in Bosque de Las Estatuas
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    Bosque de Las Estatuas is part of the Archaeological Park in San Agustin. It is situated just by the museum and administration buildings and it is a path through the woods where 35 stone statues are standing spread out along the way. The statues have been found at different funerary sites in the region..
    When I walked the path it was almost closing time and I didn’t see any other person. It might not be the most impressive statues you will see here but the forest make an atmospheric surrounding.

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