A 12th-century Incan fortress placed on the side of a hill and protected by a gorge, Pukara de Quitor 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. To visit Pukara de Quitor on your holiday in San Pedro de Atacama, and find out what else San Pedro de Atacama has to offer, use our San Pedro de Atacama.
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Pukara de Quitor Reviews
Stunning and extraordinary views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, and a sense of achievement at having got somewhere on your own feet - a powerful memorial to the indigenous inhabitants of the... more »
This is a great half day adventure close to town, a short bike ride away. This is a good activity for adventurous independent travelers who have cabin fever with the large tour buses. Hire a bike... more »
One of the few places around San Pedro de Atacama that I felt was worthy of the entrance fee. The pathway was well paved and the view points are spectacular!
Place looks very interesting and have amazing views. Worth going all the way to the end of green track for the great views.
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