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Reviewed 11 January 2018

This sacred site is one of many around the world that seeks to connect an agricultural society with the seasons. The east-west stones helped determine when to plant and when to harvest. A tomb on the property gives some insight into burial customs, too.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Frederick H
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

It would have been difficult to understand the significance of the stone calendar system without a guide. I hadn’t thought about that the distance the sun travels through the year is short due to the distance from the equator. The guide reminded us that the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Bonnie S
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The onsight guide was very informative (Spanish speaking only but our guide spoke excellent English). Informative and interesting location to visit as part of your tour of the area and gave some insight in to Muisca civilisation

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Lots of history and great concept of astronomy - but is hard to find, definitely have to drive/taxi. Shame not many people reach it as the countryside around is amazing, and other cool dinosaur museums round the corner.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank BRod22SCC
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit, but do it based on a cycle tour and with a guide. We had a guide and he spent around an hour explaining the history and significance of the site. We looked at the tomb used for human offerings too, it's on...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank 422KevinT
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The gigantic stone falic structures are an impressive reminder of an ancient pagan fertility cult. This is just as important as the astronomical feature but not mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide. A pity as the astronomical and fertility features are intertwined in determining when...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Wendyme50
Reviewed 3 January 2016

I consider myself an archaeologist, but there is no way I could ever recommend this place. Far away from the town, nothing useful to do around it, and even though it is cheap (7000 pesos, December/2015), you can see the whole place in less than...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank bXc8
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Well worth a visit - ancient sun clock and sacred place of the Muisca's precolombian culture. Like the his a boat in the Gold Museum in Bogotá, and other remains, it is quite humbling to wonder at what they have left behind. Giant stone phalli...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank 64Linnie
Reviewed 30 June 2015

One of the first sun watch in the world, constructed by the "Muiscas" indians and after destroyed by spanish soldiers , you can find there also many big penis made from stone, and is very cheap

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank AlexanderMaruri
Reviewed 25 November 2014

This place is just a display of phallic symbols of all sizes which can make a few of you smile. However, the excellent explanation by the guide will reveal much more about the culture and the intelligence of the ancient Muiscas.

Date of experience: November 2014
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