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Archaeological Park of Tierradentro

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Address: San Andres de PIsimbala, Inza Cauca, Inza, Colombia
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Description: Impressive prehispanic decorated tombs

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Tierradentro is Unlike Anything I Have Ever Experienced!

This Archaeological Park of Tierradentro is definitely worth a visit!! It is so off the beaten path, that it is more full of Colombian tourists than tourists from around the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Holly H
San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This Archaeological Park of Tierradentro is definitely worth a visit!! It is so off the beaten path, that it is more full of Colombian tourists than tourists from around the world, but I have a feeling in the coming years that will change. The park has two museums, which I would recommend starting with so that you can get an... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Tierradentro archeological park is a MUST in my opinion if you head to the Cauca region in Colombia ! All the experience that surrounds it is great. First Tierradentro is easily accessible from the white town of Popayan. One bus company leaves daily at 10:30 am and it takes about 4,5 hours to get to the village of San Andrés... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We walked the 14km circuit anti-clockwise, left at 0815 and got back at 1600. This was with a reasonable pace and we still saw most of the tombs, visited the museum and stopped at a restaurant for lunch. The more decorated tombs are fascinating, the walk is great and the views are outstanding. We arrived in the late afternoon, walked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We came from St Augustin archaeological park where we had experienced the unique and enigmatic carvings. A bus from Pitsligo, then to La Plata, then a bus to the cross roads near St Andres Pisimbala where you will have to flag down a pick up truck or similar. Go up the hill and way past the Museum and park headquarters... More 

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Farum, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One more member of my group of exhibitions that expands the limit of five starts. Yes it is a very long trip to a remote area in Andes mountains, but worth while. 6.5 hours driving from Cali and 4.5 hours return. Due to road construction in mountains we had some delays. However I was amazed how construction workers tried to... More 

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Ithaca, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Unlike the reviewer just prior to me, my husband and I felt that Tierradentro was one of the great visits of our lives and we're extremely well travelled. The archeological park is unique (and great if you, like us, have it all to yourself with just the guards), but the great experience is interacting with the community that surrounds the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

First of all: it's hard to rate a sight like this and everything depends on your travel itinerary. That said, I don't think it's worth going all the way down here if you're only in Colombia for a short time since it's not that spectacular and it takes some time to get here. I also thought it looked better on... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I recently spent 2 days in the park and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. There is about two days worth of sight-seeing to be done here though the main trail (14km) could be done in one full day if you start at 8am (when the site opens), though I wouldn't recommend this as it wouldn't leave much time to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Wear good footwear as well as clothes you can stretch as it will be more comfortable climbing in and out of the tombs. Take water with you. Its best if you start at the site called "El Tablon" then walk DOWN the hill. You can pay the admission fee at the museum at the end of the hiking.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Just great fun hiking country side. Tombs are unique. Good for seeing regular campesino life without sacrificing basic lodging comforts. Access from Popayan may soon be very improved as the road is being rebuilt and paved in concrete. Unless you need a swimming pool, don't stay at the hotel by the park. Stay in San Andres (~20-30 min walk). As... More 

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