Pucara de Tilcara

Pucara de Tilcara

Pucara de Tilcara
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Amazing pre-Inca fortification ruins close to the city of Tilcara.
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Maureen S
Darwin, Australia751 contributions
Mar 2020
We were on a day trip from Humahuaca to Salta in a small group. We walked up to the old fortification on the hill. Our guide was very informative and explained the history of the site, how the inhabitants, the Omaguaca lived there over 900 years ago. She explained how the head of the house was buried in front of the house with many items.

Although the site was reconstructed, it is still worth a visit. The view of the cololured mountains from the top of the hill is remarkable.
Written April 26, 2020
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JKD
Scotts Valley CA484 contributions
Mar 2020
a sprawling site including ruins and some reconstructed structures, it is an interesting place to visit. There is a bit of a walk to get from one end to the other, but since there are interesting stops along the way, it doesn't seem so long. There are signboards with explanations in English.

Near the entrance, there is a small cactus garden as well ....

The site was originally settled by the Omaguaca peoples before falling to the Incas, who in turn fell to the Spanish. It's nice that some of the buildings have been reconstructed to give us a better idea of what the site looked like,
Written March 14, 2020
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BobandMaggie60
Willerby, UK129 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a reconstructed archaeological site which sadly has been spoiled by the archaeologist... Our guide was rightly very dismissive of the reconstructed site but did make some positive comments that it allows us to imagine how this fortress actually existed in the past . Worth a visit but take a guide to explain how it should have been.
Written March 9, 2020
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borrum
London, UK887 contributions
Mar 2020
Originally constructed around the 12th Century by the Omaguaca peoples, in the 15th Century it fell to the conquest of the Inca, who occupied it until the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.

Archeological excavation and reconstruction work in the early 1900’s reveals that the inhabitants lived in small stone buildings, linked by well defined pathways, and with pens for animals, squares for civic or religious gatherings, and burial grounds. They engaged in agricultural, pottery and garment making activity, and traded to acquire metals and other commodities.

There is scholarly debate as whether or not the Pucara was constructed as a military fortification, but certainly it commands sweeping views overlooking the countryside. Well worth visiting.
Written March 2, 2020
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Stephen B
South Shields, UK6 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
The viewing was amazing, but lots of climb so... good way to lose weight. However, it shouldn’t put you off as end of climbing was worth it.
Written November 4, 2019
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EHF
Darmstadt, Germany301 contributions
Sep 2019
A true and real historic and ancient place, but reconstructed in a way that you will shake your head. If it would have been done today archeologists would do it pretty differently. But anyhow it is a place to visit and the view on the surrounding mountains is wonderfull.
Written October 13, 2019
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Adrian Marano
Buenos Aires, Argentina5,055 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Interesting place in Tilcara. Easy walk, cheap entrance fee. We spent one hour as this was the 2nd time we visited.
It’s a mandatory attraction if you are in Tilcara!.
Written October 12, 2019
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand693 contributions
Sep 2019
Lovely cactus gardens to wander through on your way to the reconstructed ruins. So worth the visit when in Tilcara. Great sites, great views and only 300peso per person. So worth the visit.
Written September 12, 2019
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Blanca G
Barcelona, Spain61 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This is one of the places where ancient cultures of the Montes Andinos remain. It is an espectacular place, surrounded by a dessert of impressive cactus and most importantly, a place to meet with a part of History.
Written September 9, 2019
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Monty S
Toronto, Canada345 contributions
Jul 2019
This is not an authentic, historic site. The archeologists and architects recreated a village, and unfortunately added a non-Inca pyramid at the top of the site. All of that said, it is worth your time to understand what life may have looked like in the pre-Spanish times.
Written August 10, 2019
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