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Top Choice Cafe in Tilcara

Ma'koka

With a gloriously eclectic music mix and interesting texts on the area and the Andes in general, this excellent bookstore-cafe has the best coffee in town, tasty cakes and top sandwiches on bread made from coca or l…
Top Choice Argentine in Tilcara

El Nuevo Progreso

An engaging atmosphere and delicious tourist-oriented cuisine features imaginatively prepared llama dishes, excellent meat plates, interesting veggie options and great salads. Service can be a bit stand-offish but i…
Ruins in Tilcara

Pucará

This reconstructed pre-Columbian fortification is 1km south of the center across an iron bridge. Its situation is strategic, commanding the river valley both ways and, though the site was undoubtedly used earlier, t…
Museum in Tilcara

Museo Arqueológico

This well-presented collection of regional artifacts in a striking colonial house has some pieces from the pucará fortification just south of the center, and exhibits give an insight into the life of people living a…
Argentine in Tilcara

El Patio

Tucked away between plaza and church, this has a lovely shaded patio, garden seating and a cozy interior. It offers a wide range of tasty salads, inventive llama dishes and a far-from-the-madding-crowd atmosphere. P…
Argentine in Tilcara

Peña de Carlitos

This cheery, long-standing local restaurant where the scrawls of happy customers adorn the walls offers live folkloric music with no cover charge from 9:30pm every night. There's more of a mix of locals and visitors…
Argentine in Tilcara

Arumi

Art on the walls, regular live events and a comfortably attractive evening ambience are allied with highland ingredients of good quality here. Delicious tamales and pleasingly honest stews take their place alongside…