Pukará de Quitor

sights / Historic

Pukará de Quitor information

admission CH$3000
Opening hours
9am-7:30pm Jun-Aug, 9am-6pm Sep-May
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Dominating a curvaceous promontory over the Río San Pedro, this crumbling 12th-century pukará (fort) was one of the last bastions against Pedro de Valdivia and the Spanish in northern Chile. The indigenous forces fought bravely, but were overcome and many were promptly beheaded. About one hundred defensive enclosures hug the slopes here, like big stone bird's nests. The hilltop commands an impressive view of the oasis.