San Agustin – The Precolumbian Colombia

“The largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America stands in a wild, spectacular landscape. Gods and mythical animals are skilfully represented in styles ranging from abstract to realist. These works of art display the creativity and imagination of a northern Andean culture that flourished from the 1st to the 8th century.” – Unesco


“Divinities with threatening faces, warriors armed with clubs, round eyes and jaguars’ teeth of mythical heroes…Some three hundred enormous sculptures stand in the region of Saint Augustin, in the heart of the Andes, the province of Huila.

More Info

Documental Corto (Short Documentary in Spanish)
Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Flickr Pictures of San Agustin

On a side note, in case you are wondering how to pronounce the name of the department of Huila, it’s pronounced ‘hu-we-la‘.  In the past, I made the mistake of saying it like the name ‘Julia’ (with a Spanish J) and no one understood me.

Classified in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, this vast park, the largest one of the precolumbian America, opens the door to an unknown civilization which would have bloomed between the 6th century B.C and 12th A.D.” – Plural World


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