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Archaeological Park of Tierradentro

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Address: San Andres de PIsimbala, Inza Cauca, Inza 192539, Colombia

Impressive prehispanic decorated tombs

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Unique and rewarding experience (and travel logistics)

First, some logistics: we took the 10:30am Sotracauca bus from Popayan to San Andreas de Pisimbala. The bus was surprisingly comfortable, with cushioned, reclining seats. The trip... read more

Reviewed February 23, 2017
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 23, 2017

First, some logistics: we took the 10:30am Sotracauca bus from Popayan to San Andreas de Pisimbala. The bus was surprisingly comfortable, with cushioned, reclining seats. The trip took 4 hours, with patches of paved and unpaved road - all of it bumpy, mind you - and one stop with bathrooms and food. San Andreas de Pisimbala is about 30 minutes... More 

1 Thank paume2016
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

We spent 3 nights at La Portada Hospedaje in San Andreas de Pisimbala to visit some of the 162 protected tombs. Our visit here from Popayan, taking a 10:30AM Sotracauca Bus($8.50 each) arriving 3PM, was possible only when several landslides could be cleared after a heavy rain. Fortunately we met our prearranged schedule and arrived on our reserved date. On... More 

Thank Gene J
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

I am a solo female traveller. I travelled to Tierradentro from San Agustin. I took a midday colectivo to Ipiales (1 hr) then the 2pm bus to La Plata, arriving at 5pm. I was advised not to take the 6:30pm jeep to Tierradentro as the road isn't 100% safe in the dark. I found a pleasant hotel in the centre... More 

6 Thank Ginny G
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We came from San Agustin. It took us five and a half hours by rental car. The first two hours were okay, but the the nice asphalt road disappeared and traveling became very slow. We had a few ,tumbles, ,reductores, and potholes, but managed to make it to La Plata. From there the first 30 minutes went fast with a... More 

2 Thank Mas6807
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 5, 2016

So happy that we decided to make the effort to get over the mountains out to San Andrés de PIsimbalá to visit Tierradentro. The sites themselves are amazing with a wide variety of excavations, depths, stairwells, paintings, statues and carvings to see. The wardens and museum staff are delightful and super helpful (you will need basic Español). The hike around... More 

3 Thank SpokeyDokeys
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2016

Really glad we made it here even though it is quite a trek (we got the direct bus from Popayan at 10.30 am; it takes about 5 hours). We stayed in San Andres and on the first day just visited one site near there - El Tablón, which has a few statues similar to those in San Agustín. The next... More 

9 Thank Thelastdodo2
Sibenik, Croatia
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Reviewed February 13, 2016

I think that Tierradentro is must see in Colombia. It will take you two days to do everything (both directions), although you can do it in one day, but why? You can also rent a horses for 7.000,00 cop for hour and use them on one side of arheological site. On the other side horses cant go (the rough one... More 

1 Thank Nestashna
Southwell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Most of what can be said about this wonderful and fascinating spot has already been said. The tombs are fascinating and the scenery is wonderful. As older travellers in our late 60s we Wanted to share our experience and offer some tips for all ages too. We caught the 10.30 am bus from Popayan run by Sotracauca which is the... More 

6 Thank peterandvivien
Southwell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Most of what can be said about the wonderful experience of both the tombs and the scenery has been said but we have perhaps a few tips for older visitors (we are in our late 60s). We went from Popayan and stayed one night at the Hospedaje Portada in San Andres. About half the road is paved but it is... More 

2 Thank peterandvivien2016
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

they are now working on the road, so the trip there can be a bit grueling, but once the road is done it will be much easier, but still a long trip. worth the trip though

Thank JaneinParis

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