El Duende

Cauca & Huila

A 15-minute walk up from Segovia, this site (1850m) has 12 tombs in total, five of which are open to visitors, although their decoration hasn't been particularly well preserved. There's no electric lighting but the guard will lend you a flashlight (torch) if you haven't brought your own.

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