Quitor Tours

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The Pukara de Quitor National Monument overlooks the fertile Río San Pedro valley from atop a strategic bluff. Its serpentine rows of thick, stone walls have defended the verdant oasis's bounty since around 1100 AD. Today, the fortress's impressive architecture and historic significance bring in another sort of wealth, visitors eager to see what are among Chile's most important ruins.

Little is known about the Ayllu de Quitor people who originally constructed the fortress, which was used to defend the agricultural town from the Incas and later, Spaniards. Their handiwork is impressive, however, and makes a fine place to contemplate life in the fierce Atacama Altiplano. 

Practical Info

The Pukara de Quitor National Monument lies about 3 km (1.8 mi) northwest of San Pedro de Atacama. It is usually visited as part of a multi-destination day trip, but you can walk or bicycle from town. 

The popular tourist destination also caters to travelers with treks to several other top destinations, including Moon Valley, Atacama Salt Lake, Licancabur Volcano, El Tatio geysers, and many others.

San Pedro's small airport has regular flights to Santiago and elsewhere in the region, while buses connect the town to Calama, Antofagasta, San Salvador de Jujuy (Argentina), and Uyuni (Bolivia). Many multiple-day tours offer transport between Uyuni as well. You can rent cars in town. 

Location
Address: Calle Tocopilla, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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Archaelogical Tour to Quitor and Tulor

Journey back to ancient times on this 4-hour tour of the Pukara de Quitor archaeological site, including hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from San Pedro de Atacama. Learn the fascinating history of the indigenous Atacama People, as you explore the once-mighty fortress of Pukara and visit Tulor village, the Atacama’s first desert town, dating back over 2,800 years.
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San Pedro de Atacama Archeological Tour

Travel back to ancient times on this 4-hour tour of San Pedro de Atacama and discover the fascinating history of the Atacama people, who have inhabited the desert town since 300BC. Get an insight into the region’s rich heritage as you visit Tulor, explore the archeological site of Pukará de Quitor and view the national monument of Church of San Pedro. This morning tour includes hotel pick-up.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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