The next day it was time to set course to the green and mountainous south of Colombia: San Agustin! We had great weather so we were treated to great views over the mountains, valleys, rivers, and many plantations on the way. We arrived right before the falling of the dark so we enjoyed the astonishing views over San Agustin from our lodge on one of the hillsides.
Time to wake up and it was raining cats and dogs. But, don´t underestimate a true travel spirit! After some delicious breakfast with arepas and the obligatory eggs we left full of energy and hope the weather would get better. Our amazingly kind and passionate guide, Marino, joined us in the van and started giving the first explanations about the discoveries done in the region.
We first drove to two sites located at an hour outside of San Agustin. Most of the statues and tombs found there are still in situ, which gives you a bit the chills because it is highly possible that the whole area is still full of undiscovered tombs. I can´t think of a more beautiful place to be buried.
We learned a lot and got our first impressions and lessons on how to read the tombs and statues. After a really good lunch of barbecued pork meat with local vegetables and starches, we had some horseback riding waiting for us! By going by horse you can get to some archaeological spots that are a bit more difficult to reach and, above all, it gives you a great feeling to go through all the plantations and little hidden roads in the valleys.
In La Pelota site you can see two statues that are still very well colored what gives you a good idea of how the statues looked like in their time. We returned to San Agustin after dark, tired but really satisfied with what we had seen, learned, and done that day.