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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  • The bike ride here and around the surrounding area was fun but very hot and tiring. It was our first day in San Pedro so it was our first glimpse of the landscape. Make sure you get a good map as the ...  more »
  • A smooth ride for free time in San Pedro. Rent a bike in calle Toconao and then go to the ruins pedaling. Once there, go up to the mirador and enjoy and view. Oh! always take the student card, in Chile they accept from Brazil!
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  • Place that teaches you how ancient civilizations lived interesting to learn much, is a path that takes app 2 hours walking, climbing and descending hills. from the top you have a panoramic view of all San pedro
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