Pukara de Quitor, San Pedro de Atacama

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A 12th-century Incan fortress placed on the side of a hill and protected by a gorge, Pukara de Quitor are known locally as the "Castle of the Heads." Spaniards took over the fortress in 1540, after killing 300 leaders of the Atacama people who guarded it. The European conquerors mounted the severed heads of Atacama chiefs on poles and then placed them around the fortress. See the homage to these native warriors at the top of the hill, where you can also soak in panoramic views of the desert and the mountains. This pre-Columbian archaeological site was declared a national monument in 1982. To visit Pukara de Quitor on your holiday in San Pedro de Atacama, and find out what else San Pedro de Atacama has to offer, use our San Pedro de Atacama road trip site .
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  • I went from biking, thank you very much worth, so you can go at your pace, the view is amazing, I didn't go to the end, because I couldn't do it, not to mention my ability on the bike is not those things. But sedentary or not, it's worth renting a bike and try to make the path.
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  • We have connected the Pukara visit with a hike in the Valle de Muerte. It has beautiful views of San Pedro and the Valley of the small river. the ruins are reasonably preserved but not particularly worth seeing. The ascent is as highly recommend small training unit for the height adjustment.
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  • This Incan? fort at the entrance to San Pedro de Atacama, and is where the Spanish were defeated several times, before there was a massacre of the locals and the Spanish took control. It is an intense...  more »
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  • Easy to get there from the town, you can even walk the way. Nice views from the view point. Ruins are interesting but you can't go walk through them.
  • Great viewpoint and a good half an hour walk from town. Just remember to bring shoes that are allowed to get dirty due to the dust. For only 3,000 pesos per person it's worth a visit.
  • Beautiful place with amazing view! If you're a bit tired of all the tours in San Pedro, free a part of your scedule for this beautiful place. Make sure you go to the mirador as well, that's the best place.
  • Easily accessible from San Pedro, wasn't my favourite place that we visited but it is worth the short trip.
  • A nice view om the volcano and moutaims, but this pukara is just ruins, but real ruins. Hard to guess it has been a village before. Ive much prefered pukara de Tilcara where you could see something else than stones on the ground at least.

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