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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  • An impressive site, where people live the ancient Atacama culture and its junction with the Tiahuanacu culture
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  • If you like to ride a bike is a good option to go by bike, its color is very striking above all when the Sun is hiding this.
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  • Bike from downtown San Pedro, was far the best walk near the village. The travel experience in climbing up the hill that leads first to the archaeological ruins, then to the upper viewpoint is fantastic. Recommendation: TAKE SUNSCREEN and use it EVERY 30 MINUTES.
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