Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Waterfall at roadblock en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Countryside en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Large worm en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Countryside en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Countryside en route to San Agustin, Colombia

At the sugar mill, en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Sugar blocks at sugar mill, en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Our "chicken bus", en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Macaw at restaurant, San Agustin, Colombia

Lynn's birthday cake, San Agustin, Colombia

Countryside en route to San Agustin, Colombia

Countryside en route to San Agustin, Colombia

In front of high class burial pile, San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia

Note advanced sculpture technique of knot in rope belt, San Agustin Archeological...

Midwife statue (found buried), San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia

Statue, San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia

Statue, San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia

Statue, San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia

Butterfly, en route to San Agustin, Colombia


Wednesday 7th May 2014

Lynn's birthday!

Popayan to San Agustin, Colombia

Left Popayan at about 7:15am after breakfast. We were told that the main road was closed due to a landslide (somewhere along the way) and protestors were preventing the road maintenance crews from getting through. So we had to take a back road which was very windy and mountainous. After a short distance our driver stopped another vehicle and asked them whether they thought the truck could get through but, at the same time, a bus came from the other direction and so it was decided we would be OK. The views were amazing but we eventually were stopped as there was another landslip ahead on our road and only one lane was open. We waited for about 45 minutes during which time we walked up the road a little way and looked at a waterfall and then were allowed to proceed. We then reached a town where we had to change to a "chicken bus" (chiva bus) to go the rest of the way to San Agustin. So we put all our luggage on the bus and set off, leaving the truck in a truck park. On the way we visited one of the many small sugar mills where we saw how they turned cane into raw sugar - a totally manual process. Then we drove up along very scary roads high above gaping chasms and raging rivers. Very scenic. We were then taken to a restaurant where some people had (a very late) lunch while we waited and just had a beer. We finally arrived at San Agustin at around 5:00pm and settled into our hotel for 2 nights in a very peaceful part of town. Because the town only had basic restaurants we decided to eat at the hotel and as it was Lynn's birthday, we had a very nice trout meal and a bottle of wine. We finished and headed back to our room at about 10:00pm and it was lightly raining outside.

Thursday 8th May 2014

San Augustin, Colombia

Today we had breakfast in the hotel at about 8:00am and set off to the San Agustin Archeological Park at around 9:00am in the same "chicken bus" that we used yesterday. We had a very good English speaking guide today. When we arrived at the park, it was raining lightly so we all put on our raincoats or put up umbrellas and started walking. There were many different areas in this park which highlighted the civilisation that lived in this area from around 3,300BC to 1,200AD. There is no theory as to where these people went or why they disappeared. In the 1930s, archeologists had started to dig and discover burial mounds with stone statues as well as grave sites that had already been robbed. There were about 160 statues displayed, most of them in situ although strangely some were discovered buried upright. As the morning progressed, the rain stopped and the sun came out. We walked for about 3 or 4 hours seeing all there was to see along the jungle tracks. The park was very well presented and is a major attraction here in Colombia, but San Agustin is a very difficult place to reach so not many people visit. By about 1:15pm, we were finished and we were driven the 3km back to the hotel where we had a beer and some chips for lunch (very healthy!) and had a break. Later we walked into town and bought some snacks for our travel tomorrow and for the rest of the trip to Quito - only three days away now. We are eating dinner in the hotel again tonight, as there aren't any options in town. They have a log fire in the dining room as it is cold and wet outside. Tomorrow we have to leave at 5:00am. (Yuk!!!)



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