Tierradentro

Tierradentro, Inza

Tierradentro
4.5
Ancient Ruins • National Parks
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Impressive prehispanic decorated tombs
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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KV1234
London, UK2,076 contributions
The Colombian Way tour company takes the hassle out of visiting this amazing place
Jan. 2021
Tierradentro is a little bit off the beaten path but so worth making the effort. If you don’t want to organise all of your own travel we would recommend contacting Mark at “The Colombian Way” travel agency. All of his tour prices are on his website and very keenly priced. It takes all of the hassle out of your journey and he organises private drivers, English guides and local guides.

We booked a range of tours with The Colombian Way over the course of 2 weeks (from Medellin to Armenia, to Salento, to Popayan, to Tierradentro, to San Agustin, to Tatacoa and finishing in Bogota). Mark was very fast in communication and was always available to help out whenever we needed it which was brilliant as the Government were changing what was open at a moments notice. He was also extremely competitive on price being 30% cheaper than another tour operator.

The highlight of our trip was the amazing underground tombs of Tierradentro and the magnificent stone sculptures of San Agustin / Isnos (the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America.)… you must do it!

The Colombian Way had arranged for us to be picked up in Popayan with our English speaking guide (he was the best we had in all of our 2 week trip) and then driven to Tierradentro for 2 nights and then 3 nights in San Agustin. We wanted to choose our own accommodation in San Agustin so Mark reduced the price so that we could book the Masaya Hostel directly. The drive over the mountain pass through the mini cactus valley was pleasant and we stopped along the way for some good photo spots. We arrived around 1pm and checked into La Portada. Mark had arranged for us to get a room with our own private bathroom as some do not have this.

We had time for a wander around town before partaking on the afternoon’s activities. There is a small church in town and it’s worth having a nose around. Just inside the door on the right hand side there is a map and picture of all of the local tourist sights. It’s a good way to get your bearings.

Our driver, English guide and local Spanish guide then took us to Pyramid San Francisco. On the way we visited the stone frog. Unless you had a guide I’m not sure you would find this and we were pleased we had one. The Pyramid was impressive. It appeared to be closed but our Guide knew better and took us up to the Pyramid where indeed there were other people. A local entrepreneur had set up selling food and I had a tasty hot ham and cheese toasty. We climbed to the top of the pyramid and took some awesome photos and also explored all of the tunnels under the pyramid where early explorers had been looking for the gold that they were sure was hidden underneath the pyramid. The stone from the pyramid comes from some distance away and it’s not known how they got the stone up the hill…

After breakfast the following morning, we headed off to El Tablon where we got to see our first stone sculptures of the men… awesome, just awesome. We loved them. The way they stand with their knuckles together and have oversized heads with some looking startled. They made us smile. Then we walked down the hill beside the farmer’s fields to the main event… the tombs of Tierradentro. Make sure you bring a strong flashlight to see all of the details in the tombs. Some of the tombs have geometrical patterns and others have the distinctive wide sloping faces (that you will also see sculptures of in San Agustin) as well as the slightly sinister feeling column statues of the men with their clutching hands… I could hear a creepy voice in my head say… “we’ve been expecting you”…

There is a museum at the bottom which was closed but we could still peak through the window. After visiting awesome Tierradentro we were driven to a nearby location where we hiked to a waterfall. This was also very good and we didn’t realise this was also included.

On the next day we waved good bye to our English guide of 2 days and our driver transferred us to San Agustin. A note for those thinking of driving yourself… Google suggests a road that is often closed due to landslides so you have to stay on the main roads and travel 50% further. One of the benefits of using The Colombian Way driver.
Written 13 February 2021
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Prinz_1080
Vienna, Austria362 contributions
Recommend guide
Dec. 2019 • Couples
We had our tour through Tierradentro with Fabian. An absolutely reliable person, who is very polite and customer oriented. We definitely can recommend him. By the way, he has a small bar opposite of hotel El refugio.
Written 27 December 2019
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South America Voyager
Medellin, Colombia3,602 contributions
Loved Tierradentro - an off-the-beaten path type of place to enjoy nature and cave art!
Jan. 2019
I live in Medellin and love to drive and explore off the beaten path types of places and towns and Tierradentro fits my travel style perfectly.

Loved the fact that this place is relatively untouched and rather difficult place to get to so not many crowds of people at all, very relaxed and almost spiritual, gives you the ability for quiet time and reflection.

I drove down from my home in Medellin in mid January 2019 on my way to San Augustin, where I traveled next, then I continued much further south into Ecuador and spent some time in Quito.

Don't have much more to add as many reviewers posted very good and accurate reviews and photos of just what this place is.

My travel buddy who is from Medellin and I really enjoyed the hikes and walks around this area and of course a visit to the caves should not be missed. We stayed at a hostal just a 2 minute walk from the main gate and we were blessed with good weather on our hikes.

Highly recommend!
Written 3 December 2019
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Miriam
Cajamarca, Peru86 contributions
Fascinating place to see
Oct. 2019 • Solo
I loved this experience! Spectacular mystical piece of 2000 year old history. Climbing down into the tombs was a great workout! You can just about see it all in one day if you're super fit! Posada la Portada is wonderful too and it was well worth the tricky journey to get there. From Popayan you must get a bus/jeep at 9 or 10am to avoid the 2 daily road closures.
Written 12 October 2019
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Matthias Brandl, LENTINI Torino / Italia
London, UK634 contributions
Mixed experience: long walk; few coloured tombs only
Jul. 2019 • Family
The fees are very high with 50000 pesos. There are many tombs to be seen, but most are not very impressive. A few ones are really world class: wait for the very last tomb on the first stop!! It is quite a walk up too...
Written 21 July 2019
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Minerva016
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
Amazing archeological site in stunning landscape in Colombia
May 2019
One of Colombia's top 3 archeological sites, these 1200-1500 year old tombs from an unknown culture are a must see if visiting Colombia. A 2 day passport is plenty of time to visit all the sites. Two small museums should be visited beforehand.There are a number of inexpensive and welcoming hospedajes near the gate and a good restaurant, as well as others in San Andres. Highly recommended
Written 3 May 2019
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Brian M
Oxford, UK558 contributions
It's the most enchanging place in Colombia
Dec. 2018 • Couples
This archaeological site is almost unknown to the general population, partly because it takes some effort to visit but boy you will be amply rewarded when you start exploring these burial sites known as hypogeums and which date from 1200 years ago. It takes a bit of effort to get down to the entrance of the burial site, so don't try getting down if you have a wonky knee or your legs are not strong enough. Our guide, Daniel Alejandro, a registered Nasa Amerindian, who given the lack of knowledge about the people that inhabited this part of Colombia 1300 years ago, did a good job at explaining what is known about these incredible people. We visited the Altos de San Andres and Altos de Segovia, together with a few other smaller sites. When planning to visit, don't forget the big daddy of them the Altos de Aguacate (Avocado). We did not know about this site, which takes a full day to visit and so missed it this time. But as Arnie said, we'll be back soon to conquer it. Finally, there is a god museum that is loving cared for by the guides. What a pity that the Colombian government does not put more funds so that archaeologists could continue exploring and finding out more about the wonderful people who built these impressive hypogeums. They should be up there with the Olmecs, Aztecs (Mexico) and Moche and Nazca (Peru). Enchanting and magical part of Colombia.
Written 2 March 2019
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Cristina G
London, UK217 contributions
Amazing
Dec. 2018 • Friends
Best location in the Andes. Serene athmosphe surrounded by mountains. Breathtaking scenaries. A must see when you visit Colombia
Written 27 February 2019
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Cristina G
London, UK217 contributions
Best place in the Andes
Dec. 2018 • Friends
If I could give 10 stars to this place I would. It's one of the most stunning locations in the Andes. Such a serene athmosphe surrounded by mountains. There is a great walk from the top of the mountain passing through the ancient tombs all the way to the little town. Make sure you wear shoes with a grip, some areas are slippery
Written 27 February 2019
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billfeeny
Madison, WI110 contributions
Do it you can.
Jan. 2019 • Friends
There is no way to describe the experience. If you don’t speak Spanish and are not with a native Colombian I suggest you add a translation app on your phone. The tombs are unique, mystical, weird, basically beyond what to expect. You’ve seen the photos. Try going into them!
Written 24 January 2019
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