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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  • Actually not climbed until the Pukara, which is a strong. but I went there and got the link of this assessment about the dogs that we adopt. The attendant of the tourist agency for which we have made our tours (Cosmo Andino), very good by the way, recommended that we did a walk of acclimatization to the Pukara (3 km). There is a dirt road, and also crosses a river by a bridge. There are several dogs sitting or wandering the road. At the beginning we did a black dog. Walked a bit on our side and then bandeou to the hand of a young man who was going to a few meters ahead. And she left. A few metres further on, came to us two other dogs, large and very nice. We followed up the Pukara and there we waited for about 15 minutes. On the way back, accompanied us to the city, where we sat beneath a shadow to rest. So too did. They threw our bed and picked up a heavy sleeper. So are the ones dogs of Atacama. I might point out that such fidelity didn't involve any snack or food. Just some fondling in the head during the tour. For anyone who loves dogs, was gratifying. Do the test.
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  • Without expectations I went, but bring me a surprise to see the State of conservation that keep the ruins, then lower until the square of Quitor and finished in the mirador, excellent place to go by bike, on foot or by car, but I recommend making an approach on bike
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  • Only 5 km from San Pedro, through a dirt road, you come to the site. The ruins are in a poor state of conservation and the ascent to the top requires an extra breath. The landscape is what saves the ride.
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