Today we get into serious riding and have two options as we cross the Cordillera Central on high pass roads. The direct route is 175 miles, of which 60 is unpaved. The longer option is via San Agustín with only short unpaved sections. This second route allows us to make an optional 20-mile detour to the San Agustín Archeological Park which contains the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America and is also the world’s largest necropolis.
From there we continue north following the course of the Magdalena River which, at 1000 miles long, is Colombia’s principal river. Our destination, Neiva, is considered one of the most important cities in southern Colombia because of its geographical location. It is known as the Bambuco capital, a traditional music genre similar to the European Waltz.