Pukara de Quitor Ruins, 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 Ruins 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 Ruins 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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  • This tour has 3 tours: climb the ruins, a viewpoint and a cave that is next to a square. Walking by the ruins is a trip short but you get a good view. The viewpoint is 1.5 km walk. I recommend entering the cave which is located below the ruins, you can enter and even if one believes that it is dangerous, is very easily accessible and you can get some very nice pictures. The entire tour (3 places) is made in 2 hours approximately, if you're short of time I recommend you skip the viewpoint it is not a better view than you get above the ruins.
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  • A tour that may be arriving on foot, by bike or car because it is very close to San Pedro de Atacama. There are 3 places which you can visit by paying the entrance: the ruins of the Pukara which corresponds to an archaeological site that was a strategic place for the atacameños, the viewpoint that allows fabulous views of the area from the height in 360 degrees (village, mountain range of the salt, San Pedro River, volcanoes) and Quitor square. Upload until the Summit of the viewpoint requires ones 45 minutes to step quiet, but the views are worth the penalty. Is a place very well maintained with excellent services hygienic and a small museum.
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  • The landscape after the climb worth the effort. The tour takes around 2 hours, but I don't recommend doing another tour pulled the same day, such as Valle de la Luna.
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