Ask Val: Faces of Colombia Set In Stone?
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
I am visiting Colombia and I would like to take a few days to see other faces of the country after Cartagena. I did some reading and am very interested in San Agustin and the surrounding area. Do you have any recommendations?
San Agustin is rich in history. Its main attraction is the San Agustin Archaeological Park, located in the Department of Huila. The park showcases an astounding 500 stone statues that exemplify the pre-Hispanic cultures that lived in this region centuries ago.
Be sure to check out La Fuente de Lavapatas: historically used as a site for religious ceremonies and ritual baths, it is a fountain made from intricate canals and pools carved into the bedrock of a stream.
Another interesting place to take a tour is the Tatacoa Desert. Because the skies over the desert are cloud-free for most of the year, it is possible to see 88 constellations and even spot some meteor showers.
The Tatacoa Desert is a must-see if you’re looking for a day away from the hustle and bustle of other tourist attractions; it has no visual or auditory pollution, making it ideal to soak in the scenery.
All in all, you’re in for a fun, educational trip! Visit the official travel guide of Colombia for more information.