Archaeological Park of San Agustín in Colombia

The San Agustín Archaeological Park is the largest and most important archaeological center in Colombia thanks to its more than 500 square kilometers. Discovered in 1797, inside you can find more than 400 sculptures belonging to the oldest lithic civilization in the world, thanks to which it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

This wonder is located in the Central Cordillera , at about 1,800 meters of altitude to the south of the Department of Huila, very close to the source of the Magdalena River, one of the most important and beautiful in the country. Its location is perfect since it is surrounded by a spectacular mix of landscapes, among which you can find mountains, canyons, gorges and forests populated in many cases by some wild animals.

Nothing is known about who formed it or who inhabited it no matter how much it has been studied, the most that has been discovered is that the Colombian scientist Francisco José de Caldas traveled to this area in 1797 to discover several archaeological sites and was amazed with this. There are remains that belong, according to various analyzes and studies, to the 5th century BC.

Among all his sculptures you can find many of warriors and ladies , all of them spectacular and it seems that at any moment they will come to life. The sculptures serve as a guide and lead you to the most important point of the park, a huge temple in the shape of a dolmen that is presided over by a statue of the Sun God.

There are also many sculptures depicting various fantastic animals and beings, and the park guides place special emphasis on a spectacular bird of prey that is a mixture of an eagle and a reptile. They always describe it saying that it transports us to the ancient myths of Mother Earth and serves as a prelude to the birth of the Aztec god Quetzalcóatl , the feathered serpent.