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Huila is a picturesque department with six national parks showcasing the country’s diverse natural terrain. Colombia’s largest river, the Rio Magdalena, runs through the region’s main towns. Study indigenous and modern cultures as you explore the region’s urban landmarks.
Learn about indigenous culture in San Agustín, which contains the fascinating San Agustín Archaeological Park. View the large collection of monolithic sculptures made by indigenous people thousands of years ago. Inspect depictions of gods and mythical beasts and learn about attempts to decode the symbolism of these artworks.
For a change of scenery, travel to the arid rocks of the Tatacoa Desert. See Los Hoyos’ grey terrain and Cuzco’s ocher tones. Appreciate the serenity as you look for turtles, snakes and eagles among bizarre rock formations. Other picturesque sights include Guácharos Caves National Park and Puracé National Park.
Visit the department’s capital city, Neiva, a colourful hub centred in a river valley. Discover how it played a key role in colonial times due to its strategic location on a trade route. See the glorious Neiva Cathedral at night, when its redbrick façade and central bell tower are illuminated over the tropical vegetation of Santander Park.
Sport is central to the lives of many locals. Watch a game of soccer, one of the region’s most popular pastimes. See a match at the Guillermo Plazas Alcid Stadium or cheer on a basketball team at the Álvaro Sanchez Silva Coliseum.
Try local delicacies, such as arepas made of maize dough, and tamal, which consists of green leaves surrounding meat.
Expect hot weather year-round due to the department’s proximity to the equator. The region has a fair amount of rain, with the driest spell occurring between July and September.
The department is located west of central Colombia, not far from the border with Ecuador. Arrive at the Benito Salas Airport in Neiva. Bogotá is 185 miles (300 kilometres) northeast of the department’s capital city.
Huila offers thrilling adventures within the scenic surroundings of its national parks.