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May 8, 2014 - Popayan 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...

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Apr 3, 2013 - Week 27 - Misahualli, Quito, Pasto, Popayan, San Agustin (Ecuador, Colombia)

After heading back from our jungle lodge to Misahualli by motor canoe, we spent the day relaxing in our hostel. Although the bedroom was small there were plenty of hammocks strung around the tropical gardens, a mirador overlooking the river with a fire pit and a swimming pool to keep us entertained. We headed into the plaza for fish cooked in leaves for dinner and spent the night with the hostel dog sleeping curled under my bed because she’d taken quite a shine to us. The next day we were up early for the direct bus to Quito, leaving a...

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Jan 13, 2012 - San Agustin to Neiva, Columbia

1-12-12 Thursday After I wrote last night the people at the internet café/travel agency talked me into going on a jeep tour for today. The tour was fun! The ride through the mountains was as good as the sites. Tomorrow I will go to the park early, then head out. I was planning on a couple of days at another archeological park about six hours from here, but I think that I better get to Bogota and make some flight arrangements. 1-13-12 Friday This morning I went to the archeological Park, it was really nice. Little is known about the people...

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May 15, 2010 - San Agustin

When we walked across the road in early (6:30am) morn, we asked again about bus to San Agustin and the fellow (spoke some English) explained we'd have to first take the camioneta to La Plata. And yes, it goes by soon up the hill to village of San Andres de Pisimbala where it turns around and passes by again. BUT, he said, we should get on as it goes uphill. Great suggestion since we would have been outside the camioneta had we waited for it to come by going back downhill. Also, luckily we only had our small day packs (see size of vehicle...

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South America Plus

Jan 25, 2010 - San Agustin, sans explication

Pour la premiere fois depuis un mois et demi en Colombie, on a dû faire face a deux petits délinquants. Suite a leur embuscade ratée, nous avons été contents de retrouver la gentillesse des Colombiens a San Agustin. Pour y arriver, il nous a fallu faire 8h30 de bus les genoux contre le nez, trouver un hôtel a 3h du matin dans une ville inconnue, refaire du bus sur des routes de montagne (seulement 3 heures), puis sauter a l'arriere d'un pick up, pour enfin arriver a San Agustin! Et la, tout s'est parfaitement enchaîné, on avait l'impression...

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Jan 14, 2010 - San Agustin

Because of the relatively short amount of time I have left in South America I was going to bypass San Agustin and go straight to Ecuador. However, the journey was going to be 26 hours so I decided to break it up with a stop here. Within half an hour of getting off the overnight bus I was sat on the back of a 4X4 doing a tour of the area. The scenery here is spectacular. It is lush green countryside that could rival some of Yorkshires finest. The hillsides are a patchwork of different shades of green due to the different crops (such as...

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Sep 22, 2009 - San Agustin

San Agustin was interesting. One of the most interesting parts is how you get there. You go from Popayan to La Plata in an overcrowded combi bus...it is a very very windy way over a very very bumpy road.( By the way...for those keeping track...I did not get sick!) That leg of the trip took about 6 hours including a stop for lunch at a small town along the way. And finally when you arrive at your destination(a highway intersection) it is a 5 km walk to San Agustin. Luckily San Agustin's trusty tourist office manager was there to offer us a...

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Feb 10, 2008 - Statues, waterfalls and panela in San Agustin

San Agustin itself was a bit of a disappointment - it was bigger and more touristy than we'd expected, but the area surrounding it is incredible! We spent a very interesting afternoon looking around the nearest archeological site, with a guide who was able to point out all the things about the many, many statues that we would otherwise have missed (and also offered us land for sale and a whole range of other services, including hallucenagenic shaman rituals, and lessons in picking magic mushrooms and purifying cocaine! - only in...

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Dec 7, 2007 - Monto en caballo (on horseback)

Ahhhh now I think I am thriving. As Bogota was not exactly to my fancy, I 'got the hell out of there!'. I took a 12 hour bus south, to a little rustic town named San Augustin, where I am now. Mind you, it is rustic as in there are cowboys with horses strolling about with ponchos and other cowboy garb. But not so rustic to not have internet, cell phone coverage, and kids with mp3 players. For these three days I, for once, did things exactly right when travelling. Often I hesitate and mistime things, skip things that are "too expensive", or...

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Aug 5, 2006 - San Agustín

It was a sunny and warm day when I left Popayán for San Agustin at 11am. The journey to San Agustín is only 140kms but takes 6 hours, the roads really are that bad. We stopped after 4 hours for a "lunch" break. The food was pretty terrible, I never tought that you could get chicken wrong but there is always an exception to the rule. I think it had originally been cooked a couple of weeks ago and then re-fried just to throw you off the scent. It didn't work. I thought I was going to get a bad bum after that lunch. 2 hours later, the bus...

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Jan 18, 2006 - Changes

Time certainly has flown....So much so that we didn't even notice that sweet Taylor's visa in Colombia had expired! He made a mad dash for the border and I stayed to visit San Augistine. A small remote village located in a Cloud Rain Forest. So, that being said, it rained! But, Sophia (a lovely German girl I met) and I saw all the sites we could. Here there are huge granite statues that are scattered all over this scared spot. Guarding the tombs of the sacred Shamens. It was a important religious location. Many tombs and burried treasure...

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LA VIDA LOCO

Jun 13, 2005 - Colombia - San Agustin (town)

Well I think this place will definitely go down as one of the big and most unexpected highlights! The guide book says it is one of South America's most important archaeological sites....but I have to ask... have you heard of it...because we certainly hadn't?! After a longish, but bone shaking journey where we wouldn't have been surprised to find that all our body organs had been reorganised... we arrived in the cowboy town of San Agustin...the sort of place where nothing seems strange and the bars have saloon doors! We settle on a...

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