Pucara de Tilcara, Tilcara

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#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Province of Jujuy
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. Make Pucara de Tilcara a part of your Province of Jujuy vacation plans using our Province of Jujuy travel itinerary planner.
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  • The strangeness of the place with its ruins invaded "cardones" (giant cacti of the desert). Too high prices for tourists.
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  • Easily reachable on foot from Tilcara, the pucará is well worth the effort. Choose a quiet time of day if you can and don't forget to visit the Botanical Garden of indigenous plants.  more »
  • We meet the guide who introduced us at the time of the ruins and we told very clearly the social environment of that time! congratulations to guides who, with so much dedication, clarify history and bring us more to the truth! safety pin!
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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.
  • Interesting ruins. Garden is mostly cacti. There are cute llamas. The ruins are on a hill so you can get a cool 360 view. There are also shops on the street outside for souvenirs. A sweet lady in the first corner shop sells milk-fruit smoothies for cheap.
  • Nevada of south america. Amazing place.

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