Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes), Amaicha del Valle

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
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kesit0
Buenos Aires, Argentina526 contributions
On the way from Tucuman to Cafayate
Feb 2020 • Family
An absolute must to visit! First in the museum a movie will explain the sad history of the Quilmes tribe and walking through these ruins will give you an idea on how big their living spaces were.
Written February 24, 2020
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Bob P
Mendoza, Argentina84 contributions
Take A Day From Wine Touring And Go To These
Dec 2019
If you are from the US, think Chaco Canyon. This is a spectacular site that is different sort of remote than Chaco. The entire area near the Quilmes Ruins is remote. Tourists are generally brought to the region by the excellent wines and stunning natural beauty. We virtually stumbled onto these. The government has done an excellent job of making these accessible and provides some good introductory information. It would be easy to spend a half day roaming over the area.
Written December 19, 2019
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jjllau
Buenos Aires, Argentina99 contributions
Amazing place. Outstanding information center
Jul 2019
This place is really amazing. I have visited it many years ago, but today is better than ever. An information center with top of the world audiovisual infrastructure enables you to dive deep and have a good understanding of the Quilmes society and the value of this amazing archeological site.
Written August 6, 2019
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Deborah T
Chicago, IL1,126 contributions
Much History @ this Pre-Columbian Site
Mar 2019 • Couples
The site of the Quilmes Ruins in the province of Tucumán was once the largest pre-Columbian settlement in the country. It dates back to 500 AD and was inhabited by the Quilmes people. They resisted Inca invasions in the 15th century and fought the Spanish for 130 years. In the end in 1667 they were exiled and forced to walk with little supplies to Buenos Aires some 1200 kilometers away. Only a few survived.

There is a nice, small museum worth a visit with displays of some pottery found at the site. Unfortunately the site was rebuilt in the 1970s for tourism purposes so archaeological practices were not followed. The very little that is left can be seen way at the very top (viewed with zoom lense) where it is believed that the Quilmes chief resided.
Written March 26, 2019
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Beth R
Alaska264 contributions
Highly recommend these important ruins
Feb 2019
If you are in Cafayate and want to know some of the indigenous history of this region, I highly recommend going to the Ancient City of the Quilmes. Due to several disputes surrounding the management of this site, it only opened to the public in 2018. But the quality of the museum and the film (English subtitles) in one of the salons is quite good. If you are an English speaker, ask for a reference guides in English. Otherwise, you will be a little lost in the museum with their detailed history.

This reconstructed site tells the story of an advanced civilization that inhabited the land beginning thousands of years ago, and fought off the Spanish for 130 years. They had their own Trail of Tears and were relocated to Buenos Aires as slaves.

Today, the reconstruction is impressive, and the site hires locals from the Quilme nation to staff and act as guides. There are also local crafts people there. We hired a Spanish speaking guide, who provided an excellent overview of the history, the site and the people today. I don’t know if there are truly bilingual guides.

The Quilme archeological site is both a representation of the past and a way for the indigenous people to reclaim their knowledge and identity and to share their culture with others.
Written February 12, 2019
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,110 contributions
Pre Incan City
Jan 2019 • Couples
Anyone with an interest in pre-Columbian history should visit this place. The community came to an accomodation with the conquering Incas and held off the Spanish for 130 years. Once conquered the survivors (who hadn't been killed or commited suicide) were subjected to their own 'Trail of Tears' to Buenos Aires.

The visitor center was closed when we visited.

Beware: it can be very jot.
Written February 4, 2019
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Camcordereye
Posadas, Argentina36 contributions
A jewel along Route 40
Jan 2019 • Family
The Quilmes ruins are rich in history and well preserved. In addition, the visitor center displays several ancient objects and explains how the city was set up: beautiful, interesting, and very informative. Be sure to go there before visiting the ruins.

It is definitely worth stopping there while traveling Route 40. As practical tips, note that food services are very basic on-site and that the heat may be intense in the middle of the day: check the opening hours and plan to visit in the early morning or late afternoon, if possible.
Written January 22, 2019
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GillesFlores
Cafayate, Argentina113 contributions
History & ruins !!!!
Aug 2018 • Family
It took the Spanish 130 years to subdue the Quilmes Indians, only the ruins and some artefacts are left !!!

Its still worth a visit, the place is serene and the view is amazing. Go and see the small museum before going to the ruins.

Better go in the morning, the heat in the afternoon is scorching.....and bring water with you !!!

Enjoy the visit,

Gilles
Written October 8, 2018
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Koen D
Ghent, Belgium84 contributions
Inka ruins - must see
Mar 2018 • Couples
If you are interested in the precolombian history, this is a place you shouldn’t mis.
These is a small museum at the entrance and a 10’ movie is shown to make you confortable with the history and function of the site.
You can visit on your own or take a guide.
Be aware, there is little shadow, cover your head and do not be stingy with the sun tan.
The site is situated on a hill, so you have to climb over rocky paths.
Views from above are great. You can understand easily why the town was built on this spot.
Written April 22, 2018
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globoplaza
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina61 contributions
Aboriginal ruins in the midst of overwhelming landscape...
Sep 2017 • Solo
From Amaicha del Valle, it itakes about 15 minutes to drive to the entrance of the archaeological site known as "Ruinas de QUilmes". The place is run by local Amaicha and Quilmes communities, who are responsible for guided tours and to instruct visitors on cultural tips connected to their ancestry.
It takes some 3-4 hours to complete the trail, which runs uphill and demands some effort due to altitude and irregular paths. However, the views are impressive and the inconveniences mentioned before add to the magic of the overall experience.
A MUST-SEE experience in Tucumán!!!
Written December 31, 2017
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