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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  • It is a Citadel of the Atacameño people built in stone. There is a climb to the lookout where there is across the Citadel and a view to all San Pedro de Atacama. The other path is the same pukara. Overwhelming landscape. It is a little-known destination and next to San Pedro.
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  • Excellent ride for cycling, care bring water because sometimes above is closed and there is band.
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  • We rented bikes and went riding down there. Place with interesting history and a beautiful view of the city. Nice to entrnder a little bit more about the atacameños
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  • Wonderful views, you should visit this site while enjoying San Pedro de Atacama, it's a good trek if you want to acclimatize to altitude.
  • Que linda vista, y menos turistas que otro parques cerca de San Pedro. Recommend to go earlier in the morning as it starts to get more crowded in the afternoon. You can ride a bike or walk from town, only 3km. There is a place to lock the bike at the office at the entrance to the park. La Mirdador has the panoramic view of the desert, canyon and the town.
  • Love this area.
  • Great hike and landscape
  • Nice but overpriced for what it is