We will explore the department of Huila and discover the archaeological delights and charming landscape of San Agustìn.
Discover Huila, a mystical destination full of history. Explore the archaeological legacy of San Agustìn, admire impressive waterfalls and canyons and experience exciting natural adventures. Submerge yourself in a unique experience which will reveal to you the hidden secrets of this ancient and fascinating place.
What we will visit:
🗿Archaeological Museum of San Agustìn and the Idol Heights
🗿The Narrows on the Magdalena river
🗿La Chaquira monument
🗿Mortiño`s Leap and Crystal Bridge
Let yourself be captivated by the ancestral magic of Huila while we undertake a voyage full of mystery. We leave the night before from the El Campin stadium in Bogota at 8pm, entering into the dark to wake up in the light of the next day in a town which holds the secrets of a mysterious
We start our adventure exploring the Archaeology Museum of San Agustin, recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995. This fascinating museum will plunge us into the past, offering an exhibition which demonstrates the vestiges of the distinctive societies which lived in this region. We will discover the marvels of augustinian archaeology and the massive impact this had on history. We end the day travelling to La Chaquira, a site of outstanding natural beauty located in a lovely canyon, where majestic waterfalls plunge to meet the Magdalena River, at a place where oral history records that the ancestors came to observe the sun to calculate their planting calendars, adding a blend of history, culture and mysticism to our journey.
On the second day our route is full of excitement, we will visit the Narrows of the Magdalena river, another site of outstanding natural beauty. While we revel in the imposing narrows, hemmed in by towering mountains and majestic rock faces, we will feel the grandeur of nature and its transformative power. Our next destination is the site known as Archaeological Park Idol Heights, a place where history comes to life through the presence of so many impressive stone sculptures. Here we can delve into the essence of pre-Columbian culture and guess at the mysteries contained inside these ancient stone idols. Finally, to ensure that excitement continues into the afternoon, we can burn some adrenaline enjoying a canopy adventure, in the area located between the central and eastern ranges, enjoying the emotions stirred by the spectacular panoramic views surrounding us.
We wake up early to immerse ourselves in a day full of natural wonders. We will visit the impressive location called Mortiño`s Leap and we will walk towards the Crystal Bridge, a challenging route which offers extraordinary panoramic views. On the route out of the department of Huila, we will stop on the way to visit the a natural wonder known as the Giants Hand. This amazing natural monument gifts us with a landscape worthy of the best dreams and presents a great opportunity to take a photo immortalising this extraordinary adventure.
Prepare to be submerged in a trip full of history, mysticism and nature. Huila is waiting to share its ancestral secrets and its unbeatable beauty. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this uniquely lovely place.
The Archaeology Museum of San Agustin
This museum presents a general overview of augustinian archaeology in an exhibition which presents archaeological remains related to the distinct societies which lived in this region: stone tools, ceramics, funerary urns and objects making up part of the daily life and ritual practices of these pre-Columbian people.
Archaeology Park: Idol Heights
This location stands out for its uniqueness and the wealth of human and animal sculpted representations, the dimensions and the construction of funerary structures and the use of paint to adorn not just the statues themselves but also the walls of tombs and temples. It represents one of the best preserved sites of funerary objects and structures anywhere in the world and is the subject of continuous archaeological investigation.
The Narrows of the Magdalene River
This is a passage of outstanding natural beauty, formed at a point where the Magdalene River was forced to squeeze itself into a channel measuring only 1.7metres in width, framed in a landscape of rivers, streams, mountains, dense vegetation and massive rocks standing proud of the river bed, making a wonderful contrast with the crystalline green colour of the water.
It appears that the central purpose of this site was astronomical observation of the sun, thereby helping the ancestors to determine their planting and growing calendar. Situated in a lovely canyon showcasing attractive waterfalls cascading into the Magdalene river below.
💧 It is vital to bring a water bottle and maintain constant hydration, as we will be in a place where the heat can be very strong, and staying hydrated will keep us in optimal conditions for the journey.
🧢 Wear a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun. If you are very sensitive to the sun, we advise bringing an umbrella. It is important to use sunscreen, remember to use a mineral sunscreen for your face.
👕 Pack light clothes, enough for two days in hot weather. We suggest long pants and a long-sleeved shirt on the second day since the route has trees with long branches, which will help us avoid scratches. It's also important to bring a raincoat.
🩱 Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and a personal use towel.
🥾 Wear comfortable shoes, preferably hiking shoes. Avoid ballet flats or fabric tennis shoes. It's important to bring a spare pair of shoes in case your primary ones get wet during the journey.
💊 Bring your medications and personal documents (medical insurance card and ID). There are no ATMs in the area, so we suggest bringing the cash you consider necessary for your personal expenses.
🎒 Avoid using a wheeled suitcase and instead bring a small backpack or fanny pack to carry your personal items during hikes.
🔦 We recommend bringing a blanket for the cold in the early morning when leaving Bogotá, as well as insect repellent and a flashlight.