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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. Plan your Pukara de Quitor visit and explore what else you can see and do in San Pedro de Atacama using our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.
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  • I visited Pukara de Quitor along with Aldea de Tulor (see separate review) on a half day tour out of San Pedro. It was well worth the time to visit these culturally and historically significant sights...  more »
  • Don't bother renting a bike - its a 30 min walk from town and you'll probably get a lift. The ruins weren't of much interest and the information on boards was flakey. But the views walking up to the t...  more »
  • Pukara de Quitor is one of the few places close enough to San Pedro to be easily accesible by bike, yet very different. The view from the top is well worth the hike, as is the historical value of the ...  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice place to visit, but do not expect something very unique. View from the top viewpoint is awesome, btw..l