Pukara de Quitor Ruins, San Pedro de Atacama

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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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  • Good views of San Pedro de Atacama and surrounds from the mirador. Vaguely interesting ruins, but little information about them. 
  • This visit made her bike and the silence was really reassuring. I served personally to sit me in the top of the ruins and observe and listen the wind. a journey really necessary time
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  • It is the must-see archaeological of San Pedro, close to the village. Accessible on foot or by bike. The sun beats strong when you go up and it can be very tiring for some, but the view from the top is amazing, a very good reward
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