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Archaeological Park of Tierradentro

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Address: San Andres de PIsimbala, Inza Cauca, Inza 192539, Colombia
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Impressive prehispanic decorated tombs

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Favorite place in Colombia

Absolutely amazing place! I decided to go because the tombs sounded interesting, but the highlight for me were the landscapes. Fantastic hiking around the park to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely amazing place! I decided to go because the tombs sounded interesting, but the highlight for me were the landscapes. Fantastic hiking around the park to the archeological sites. I stayed in San Andrés, a bit tricky to get to if you don't get the one direct bus per day from Popayán, I ended up sharing a cab from the... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. There are unique tombs, which were sculpted underground. It really worth the long trip.

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Its a great, but hard daywalk to visit all the sites in one day. You pass through fantastc scenery, but the going , especialy up to aguacate is rough an steep. To make it a little easier , I started from San Ndres , went the eastefn part to the museum, took a moto up to San Andres and did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Not easy to get here (we saw only a handful of other visitors), but it's worth at least a day to hike around and visit the hypogea (underground tombs). At four of the five sites in park, access is controlled and a guard lets you into the site's tombs. But at the fifth site (the most strenuous to reach), it... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

These underground tombs are unique and certainly worth the effort involved in the hilly walks to reach them. Their origin and meaning are not really understood and so although a guide is helpful, they are all well signposted and have information in English and Spanish. Their location amongst the coffee plantations of the lower Andes is truly amazing and the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Phenomenal. Loved seeing all the underground sites with painted stucco. The hiking is great, wonderful scenery. Hard to believe this place doesn't get more visitors.

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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 May 31, 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 2, 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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