I walk along the path and study these large statues. I keep looking at them and wondering, why were they made? Why were they buried? Who made them? I wasn’t at the statues on Easter Island. I was in southern Colombia exploring hills and valleys where the statues of San Agustín Archaeological Park.
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.