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Pucara de Tilcara

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Amazing pre-Inca fortification ruins close to the city of Tilcara.
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All reviews cactus garden interesting ruins inca fortress botanic gardens town square machu picchu llama farm ancient village small fee nice walk pre hispanic couple of hours late afternoon take your time reconstruction site hill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a pre-Incan site that sits on a sloping hill that drops off into a stream. It was a fortress as well as a city. Early archeologists reconstructed some buildings in various parts of the site but they didn't follow historical building methods and so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

You may take a one day tour from Salta, or if possible take your time to stay one or two days in each of the small villages on your way to La Quiaca, northen point in Argentina. Mandatory to visit in Argentina

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Good place to visit if one is interested in pre-Hispanic history combined with uphill walks. Right at the entrance there is a video room that explains how the Quechua/Incan ruins were reconstructed in the 20th century and what they had to do. The video lasts...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Not enough explanations, not so interesting, the reconstruction is far from accurate. The pyramid build memorsting the archeologist is on archeological findings!!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

World Historic site Beautiful setting and impressive ancient village. Brochures and marker are in Spanish and English Guides only speak Spanish

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

The site is interesting, although mainly rebuilt. I suggest to combine it with the visit to the archeological museum in Tilcara to better understand the history and habits of the population living in the pucara.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Excellent ruins to see and a great small city a couple of hours away from Humahuaca. Really nice botanical garden with cactus from many different species

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is a huge area that allows you to walk out into a dramatic part of the Tilcara hills. You can sense the history as you walk. We were almost put off by reviewer complaints about the ugly modern pyramid, but don't be. Its a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

We were on the fence regarding a visit to this restored ruin and I’m glad we did. It’s very well restored and resembles Machu Picchu in some ways! It’s well worth a visit!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

This place looks nice and it is a fun thing to do if you have some extra time. Probably a good thing to get a guide, so you can get some information. It’s a nice walk and the scenery is beautiful.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Laura N
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Itinerary for Northern Argentina - 11 nights (3 Replies)
Edit: Trip timing - last few days of May through early June My husband has to go to Buenos Aires for a software engineering conference, so we decided to do our summer vacation immediately afterwards there. We have 16 nights total in Argentina. Right now I am planning on 2 nights in Buenos Aires, then flying to Jujuy (it's cheaper than flying to Salta), spending 11 nights in the north, then flying back to Buenos Aires for the last 3 nights. We're not interested in renting a car due to...More
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If I were you, I would try to enjoy the whole area a different way. How much more expensive is to fly to Jujuy... The transfers from Jujuy to town are much more expensive. so maybe one thing compensates the other. Maybe a private service would maximize your time. The distances are big and the time, your time is very important. 11 days would be a lot in a place where you do not have much to see, but not in the NW. I suggest you do the following. If flying to Jujuy, go to Purmamarca, for...More