Pukara de Quitor, Atacama

A 12th century structure made from rocks held together with mortar, Pukara de Quitor (Fort of Quitor) is one of the most prominent examples of a pre-Columbian fortress and offers visitors a glimpse into the ancient history and culture of the Atacameño people. It was built for strategic purposes on a hill overlooking the San Pedro River.

The site includes a central plaza, which was likely used for communal activities, as well as several rooms and structures that served various purposes, including storage and housing. Over the years, it was conquered by the Incas and the Spaniards, who beheaded all the native chiefs (caciques). The site was restored in 1981.


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