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“Interesting if you climb (a little) the mountain above it” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Ruta Nacional 40 Cerro Alto El Rey | A 20 Km de Amaicha Del Valle, Amaicha del Valle, Argentina
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Interesting if you climb (a little) the mountain above it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Historical site of some importance, it is located at the foot of a small mountain and spreads out on the it. Climbing a little will help get the best views of the site and on the valley below. Plenty of big cactus trees. Some good photos to take.

Visited October 2013
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“just about worth the 20 pesos”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

If you are travelling up Route 40 and pass the ruins then by all means call in for a look. The site had some work done in the 1970s to mark the boundary of some of the buildings but it takes a lot of imagination to visualise what the place looked like when it was occupied. I saw now boards or literature to explain the site and the guide didn't convey much information either. Nice place to walk around or climb. Take a drink if it is hot.

Visited May 2014
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“We were not allowed to visit.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Due to a disagreement between two groups who think they should be in charge of the ruins, the police closed the road and would not allow us to visit the ruins.

Visited April 2014
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“Interesting native ruins near Cafayate,Argentina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The ruins of Quilmes are a few kilometers off of Route 40 near Cafayate,Argentina. The area is desert with lots of Cardon cactus. There isn't much left except for the rock walls that were the foundations of the buildings. There were approximately 5,000 people living here between 1000 and 1667AD. They fought off the Spanish for over 150 years until defeated and removed to Buenos Aires. There is a small museum but it was closed at the time of our visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Best organized ruins attraction of the zone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Having seen other "ruins" (they all are rebuilt so don't think you're seeing the original thing) I think this is the better managed. It does impact you, and if you read or visit museums about this civilization you'll enjoy it even more. Another option is to take a guide, but I avoid them whenever I can as I prefer to check everything at my own (quite fast) pace. If you are in decent shape, the walk to the top is not hard and quick. The different view angles make it worthy. Choose this ruin, but if you've been to other similar attractions and have to go out of your way to get here, I'd give it a second thought.

Visited March 2013
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