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Pucara de Tilcara, Tilcara

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Perched upon a hill within a mountain ravine, Pucara de Tilcara stands as a testament to a civilization that predates the Inca. Constructed during the 10th century by the Omaguaca people, the fortified town represents the culmination of nearly 10,000 years of human habitation in the area. Visit the site and explore its 60 reconstructed stone structures, divided into a park circuit made up of "entrance," "church," and "monument" neighborhoods--each featuring a different aspect of daily life. The collective museum houses more than 5,000 artifacts from the region's native populations, dating from both before and after the Spanish conquest. Afterwards, head to the onsite botanical garden for an up-close look at a number of local cactus species. To visit Pucara de Tilcara and other attractions in Province of Jujuy, use our Province of Jujuy trip builder.
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  • Most of the Pucara townsite has been uncovered and restored and walking around can be done easily and without hassle. The interpretive signs throughout provide good information (in Spanish and English...  more »
  • The site is very nice and interesting. It has been very well reconstructed. But it is awful to see a modern monument dedicated not to the old people who lived there, but to modern people who helped in...  more »
  • We enquired in the local tourist office about visiting this attraction and we were advised that it is now closed together with the small adjacent cactus garden. I was unable to ascertain whether or no...  more »
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  • Archeological site, partly reconstructed, overtaken by a forest of cardòns. Little documentation on the site, and you are left wondering. Of course, the view alone grants a visit. Nice little high altitude botanical garden at the base. All in all, worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • Very interesting historical place. Inca civilization ruins. Great views from the top.
  • Incredible place in tilcara (jujuy) you have to go.
  • Nevada of south america. Amazing place.
  • Really interesting recreation of the way the native originary inhabitants of this land use to build their cities. Also great panoramic view