Tuesday, July 7, 2009

San Agustin

The 5 (read 8.5) hour bus ride from Popayan to San Agustin was one of the bumpier roads we have been on. Our bus demonstrated its displeasure by breaking its rear axle. Our first mechanical bus troubles after riding buses almost everyday for the last 6 months, not too bad...

The largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America are found in and around San Agustin, Colombia. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this archaelogical site is that very little is known about the culture who created it, other than it was present in this region between the 1st and 8th century. During our stay in San Agustin we saw hundreds of sculptures and tombs, here are some of our favourites.


Laura's birthday horseback ride


Before agreeing to rent horses we wanted to ensure that there was a horse big enough for Josh. The horse owner assured us that the horses may not look big, but they eat a strict diet of sugar cane which makes them incredibly strong. We doubted this, but Josh's horse proved his strength and competativeness by taking off if ever he found himself not in the lead.

original paint

The condor holding a serpent apparently represented fertility in Andean cultures

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