San Agustin Geography and History

San Agustin PanoramaSan Agustin is a 30,000 inhabitants city in the Department of Huila in the South of Colombia. It is located 227 kms away from Neiva and 550kms south of Bogota.

Location and Orientation

San Agustin evolves around the 2 main squares of the city, the Plaza Bolivar near the main church and the Plaza Civica where is the police station.

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Climate

Flowers near San AgustinSan Agustin has a good climate with an average temperature of 18 °C. The rainy season is mainly in November/December and April, but that should not stop you.

=>As with most cities in Colombia outside of the coast, precipitations mainly happen in the afternoon, so an early start for any activity or visit is always a good option. We went there in November and the weather was not great but at least with rain, the rafting gets more interesting.

A short history

San Agustin was created as a village in 1752 by Spanish Alejo Astudillo. Attacks by indigenous people destroyed it and the present village was founded in 1790 by Lucas de Herazo and Mendigaña.
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San Agustín was declared a World Heritage site in 1995, it is the most important Pre-Columbian archeological site in the South American continent with 500 Km2. 

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