I leave my hostel, Casa de Nelly, and walk a half-mile up a winding dirt road to towards San Agustin Parque Arqueologico. I had stopped several times to ask a local for directions. Most it was “Parque Arqueologico?” and they point further down the road. San Agustin Parque Arqueologico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to South America’s largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures. Most of the monuments were discovered buried in the ground as well as near many tombs.
Please note: Very little is known about the creation of these statues or their sculptures. Almost all the statues were buried. They have been placed above ground and protected for viewing by the tourists. There is no official consensus on what or why the statues were buried in the ground. All names and commentary on the statues are my own. I make no claims of the scientific validity.
Here are my favorite idols in the park.
The Hiking Tribal Leader
This statue is of a tribal elder/leader. He is wears a ceremonial headdress. He is leaning on his trekking poles as he grimes in pain after the long journey to the San Agustin region. He has arrive to pose for his statue.
The Birth of a Baby
The village medicine man has just delivered his village’s newest arrival. He is holding the new baby upside down as he inspects the baby. The exhausted mother looks on up proudly.
Jack-o-lantern Grin Man
This little guy following the Hiking Tribal Leader on his trek to San Agustin. His Jack-O-Lantern grin betrays his evil thoughts. He has a practical joke up his sleeve and is waiting for the opportune moment on the trek to San Agustin.
Crazy Eyes with Hipster Beard
Like Jack-O-Lantern, Crazy Eyes is with the Tribal Leader. His beard has a head of his rival braided into it. It ensure no one will mess with him. His crazy eyes show that no matter what he will protect his people and leaders. He isn’t afraid of making the hard decisions.
The Elephant Lady
She has traveled a long way across the great ocean to reside in San Agustin. Her big ears fan out like a headdress behind her. She uses her long trunk as a clarinet to play music at the sacred events.
The Hidden Heart
The heart was hidden on the back of a statue of a man. He had the heart carved on the back of his statue. It was a gift for his wife.
With his large fangs, this South American Dracula used his fangs to drink blood. He explores the jungles looking for his next meal.
The Monkey Head
While swinging around the surround jungles, this monkey pulled a Goerge of the Jungle and ran into a tree. The tree knocked his head off and his body ran off into the jungle and never came back.
The Guardian Frog
The Guarding Frog overlooks the trail down to La Fuente Ceremonial del Lavapatas. This frog has overlooked La Fuente for hundreds of years. He marks the last landmark until one reaches La Fuente
The Colombia Penguin
This penguin made the second longest journey to arrive in San Agustin. He traveled from Chile up to this sacred valley in Colombia. He caught a snake for food and has carried it all the way here.
Which statue in San Agustin Parque Arqueologico is your favorite? Do you agree with my interpretation of these statues?