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Pucara de Tilcara

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Address: Tilcara, Argentina
Phone Number: 03884955073

Amazing pre-Inca fortification ruins close to the city of Tilcara.

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One of Argentina's most interesting

This was one of the more interesting pucaras I've visiting, including Quilmes near Cafayate and Quitor near San Pedro de Atacama. There are two different walking routes that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ryan W
Santiago, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the more interesting pucaras I've visiting, including Quilmes near Cafayate and Quitor near San Pedro de Atacama. There are two different walking routes that you can take, although you should definitely take the longer one. The ticket office will give you a brochure with helpful information about the structures you are seeing and the culture behind... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to spend here. Ideally I would have liked to do a guided tour and learn more about the place and its former inhabitants. Also there is a nice botanical garden we didn't get to see. The place is well preserved and there is enough information on the pamphlets that you can do the walk... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to read the English language guide leaflet they give you at the gate to understand what you are seeing, in terms of local indigenous history. It's not a big site but it is spectacularly located.

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice visit that can be done with young children. There is lots of space, the paths are nice and along the ruins, kids can enter the houses and run around which makes it less complicated to have them respect the few rules of the site. The reconstruction is beautiful with stones of varied colors. A must do when in... More 

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We drove here about 20 km from Purmarca. It is amazing, as we love these sites, but it is not the best. If you have seen other sites, esp Machu Picchu, you may choose to skip this, up to you. I would not choose to go again. It is mostly total ruins. They did restore some buildings so you can... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Unfortunately it was closed the day we were here. We were still able to walk around the ruins and gardens for free, but unable to get a brochure. It was cool though to be standing where an ancient culture once lived. The ruins have been reconstructed and look quite new but the intentions were good. The view from the top... More 

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Ithaca, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I wasn't that impressed with the ruins but I did enjoy the walk and the location is impressive. A bonus, it was free the day I arrived. I enjoyed the quiet too. Not many tourists.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We visited here as it's one of the top things to see in Tilcara, and we've seen a lot of Inca and pre-Inca sites in South America so were interested. It was a little disappointing. The entry fee is quite steep (60 pesos). There is a 'botanic garden', which had a decent display of cacti, but the rest of the... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

These pre-Hispanic ruins are just a short walk from the middle of Tilcara. They offer a wonderful opportunity for a self guided tour around a valuable historical resource. The abundant and large cactus dominating the site are beautifully framed by the surrounding landscape with its dramatic colours.

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Baden, Aargau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

The ticket is not only to see the ruins of pucará, but also to access the botanical garden of cactuses. We loved the walk through the ruins and to learn about the ancient town. On a sunny day, bring enough sun screen and water (on the other side of the street are some shops though to buy things). Don't miss... More 

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