The San Agustin Archeological park It is the largest and most important archaeological center of 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 found in the Central mountain range, about 1,800 meters above sea level 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 of 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 He traveled to this area in 1797 to discover various archaeological sites and was amazed by it. There are remains that belong, according to various analyzes and studies, to the 5th century BC.
Among all his sculptures you will find many of warriors and ladies, all of them spectacular and it seems that at any moment they will come to life. The sculptures guide you and guide you to the most important point of the park, a huge dolmen-shaped temple that is presided over by a statue of the Sun God.
There are also many sculptures representing various fantastic animals and beings, and the park guides put special emphasis on a spectacular bird of prey that is a mixture of eagle and 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 snake.
Colombia - San Agustin Archaeological Site (September 2020)
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