We walked 3km north of San Pedro to the 12th-century ruins of a fortress. Pukará de Quitor is a red-stone, pre-Incan settlement of the Atacameños (natives of this region) and was built during a period of war. It was taken over by the Incans and then the Spanish settlers. The ruins include defensive walls, terraces, living quarters and pens all connected by passageways.
|The old settlement of Pukará de Quitor|
|The stone walls of the ruins|
We also walked up a neighbouring hill in the Cordillera de la Sal (salt mountain range) to a mirador
overlooking the ruins, the village of San Pedro, the Valley of the Dead and the Plaza de Quitor.
|Rio San Pedro winding its way through Quitor|
|Salt deposits in the Valley of the Dead|
|View over the Atacama Desert|
|Us at the top of the hill|
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