For tour info contact:
Luis Alfredo Salazar
Viajes Ivan Hoyos
Cel. 311 8596586 Recommendations:
Great menu (incl. vegetarian)
Calle 5 No. 15-11
Friendly and inexpensive
Carrera 15 No. 4-74
People and Places
Jardin Botanico Shuar
The pre-Incan civilization that lived here is shrouded in mystery, even their actual name is still unknown. Archeologists have uncovered a mere 10 percent of the statues and ruins, and it is theorized that huge mayan-like pyramids and other structures remain buried throughout the area. Other than the amazing statues, you can see burial chambers and ritual edifices in the Parque Arqueologico and huge petroglyphs spread throughout the valley.
There have been comparisons made with the Mayans of central america, and if you follow the Rio Magdalena north from San Agustin you will see that it begins on the atlantic coast of Colombia very near the equally famous ruins of the "Ciudad Perdida," a likely landing point if the Mayans took a boat ride from the Yucatan Peninsula or crossed the Darien Gap into Colombia from Panama. It should be noted that carbon dating between San Agustin and Ciudad Perdida matches the same general time period of 555 BC to 1630 AD (from "San Agustin" by Reichel Dolmatoff, 1972).
As far as culture and society, archeologists have determined a few things: The San Agustin people treated women as equals and superiors (they did have female leaders), they had a grasp of advanced mathe- matics, they attemped complex surgeries and they were obsessed with the idea of life after death. People were ritualistically sacrificed, burned alive and sometimes buried alive under the influence of hallucinogens.
If you are planning to travel to Colombia you will want to make San Agustin a prime destination for a trip you will not soon forget.
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