Natural & Archaeological Sites

Along with the main sites, there are several more archaeological sites to see if you're not in a hurry, including La Parada, Quinchana, El Jabón, Naranjos and Quebradillas. Apart from its archaeological wealth, the region is also noted for its natural beauty, and features two spectacular waterfalls, Salto de Bordones and Salto de Mortiño. It's also worth a walk or ride to El Estrecho, where the Río Magdalena passes through a 2.2m narrows. All these sights are accessible by road or on horseback.

It's highly recommended to visit the more remote sites with a local guide – there's little information outside the Parque Arqueológico and at some sites security can be an issue. The official rate for a certified guide is COP$70,000 per half-day; slightly more for an English-speaking guide. You can rent horses for around COP$35,000 per half-day, plus you'll need to hire a guide (thus making it cheaper to go in a group).

Jeep tours to the more remote sites cost around COP$25,000 per person on the standard circuit or COP$250,000 for private hire if you want to follow your own itinerary. Prices do not include a specialist guide.

You'll need two full days (or three more relaxed ones) to see the area's main archaeological sites – with one day for the archaeological park and the horseback trip to El Tablón, La Chaquira, La Pelota and El Purutal (a four-hour round trip), and one day for a jeep tour to Alto de los Ídolos, Alto de las Piedras, El Estrecho, Salto de Bordones and Salto de Mortiño (six hours).