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El Fuerte de Samaipata, Samaipata

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Visit a pre-Incan site at El Fuerte de Samaipata, which features ruins of a 15th-century temple complex. The well-preserved buildings and these carvings led to the site becoming a World Heritage site. The site was actually in use long before the 15th century, but the majority of the structures and carvings came from the Inca between the 15th and 17th centuries. Hire a tour guide and walk through the complex, seeing the different buildings and learning about their usage long ago. Behind the structures lie the carvings, characters carved into the stone of the mountain by the inhabitants. Put El Fuerte de Samaipata into our Samaipata vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Samaipata.
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  • This place is beautiful, full of history, and will take you at least an hour to soak in. There are many guides that you can hire at the trailhead or you can take in the place on your own.  more »
  • If you arrive from Cuzco or start your journey to Machu Pichu, you have to visit the Fort of Samaipata (in quechua: between the mountains). The ruins are very well-kept and easy access road. Once in Samaipata, you should go to the Fort! There are taxi-trufi in Samaipata or a hike for a couple of hours. Also from Santa Cruz you can hire a taxi to go and return.
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  • El Fuerte is an archeological site nearby Samaipata, in the old route from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba. This prehispanic site consists in a sculpted rock in the top of a mountain. It is believed it was a...  more »