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San Agustín Archaeological Park

Vereda El Purutal, San Agustín, Huila, Colombia

Amazing Stone Beings

St. Agustín is a village of stone beings. Beings, not statues, as the locals like to say.

The Double Me, with two heads. The Midwife, with a child hanging from her hands. The Eagle, A Snake Biting, the Shaman with headdress, and Children are everywhere.

Since 1913, when the German archaeologist Karl Preuss came to St. Augustine, they have not stopped finding things. St. Agustín is the Machu Picchu of Colombians, if not in magnificence, then in historical significance. In fact, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1995.

There is an atmosphere of mystery when you walk through the forest of statues, where 35 figures seen on the winding roads give it a spooky look at dusk and when rain threatens.