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Pukara de Quitor Ruins

5 kilometros al sur oriente de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Climbing up to the ruins gives you a view out over one of the last Inca fortresses to hole out against the conquistadors. You can see small farms down below and just relax in the sun wondering about the simple, never changing lives of the people who lived and survived in desolate seeming places like this before the conquest. While... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We had a tour with our rented bikes on the sunset, and worth a lot! You can go up the mount to see the sunset from there, worth a view, almost aerial, to san pedro

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Santiago
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our 2nd day begins with a new bike trip. This time we had first to Quitor, an ancient fort and temple. While the fort does not really impress, the 30 min hike up to the viewpoint rewards us with a stunning view over the Atacama desert, San Pedro and the Death Valley. Come here early to have enough time for... More

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North Chicago, Illinois
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469 reviews 469 reviews
221 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is about a 45 min. walk along a road from the center of San Pedro de Atacama. It is very much worth visiting as not much has been restored. There is a small visitor center with displays and nice bathrooms. You can also buy a drink there. If you are a little unsteady on your feet, take a walking... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Half was closed but we still had to pay full price. When I was here many years ago, the site was open-access and so the transfer to private ownership is a bit disappointing. But still worth a visit.

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Tampa, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Very nice, short walk from San Pedro de Atacama hostels. Nice view of neighboring volcanoes and an overview of the oasis. If you pay attention, you can see the green in the rocks from the copper.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The ruins are basically roped off so one can only view from a distance. The hike up to the cross is rather arduous but worth it for the challenge and the view. We went on our own and not necessary to go by tour unless you need transportation. Very close to town. A interesting place to start your visit of... More

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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63 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Given the altitude, the ascent to see these ruins is pretty rough for many people. And, frankly, not worth the payoff. The ruins are relatively non-descript and the interpretative materials are minimal. It's also pretty expensive for what you get. There are many, many more activities and attractions in the area much more worthy of your time and money -... More

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Montreal, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

You can go by bicycle to this place, You can see first hand how theses peoples lived. And the view from the top of the mountain (1 hour walk) is so wonderful.

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Santiago, Chile
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Informative. Good views. Nice hike options there and beyond. Small museum with clean bathrooms. You can pass the ruins and the hotel and continue along a valley by car, bike, or on foot.

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