Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pukará de Quitor

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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