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Pucara de Tilcara

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Address: Tilcara, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 388 495-5073

Amazing pre-Inca fortification ruins close to the city of Tilcara.

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Worth the walk

The walk from town is not so far and this was a nice place to wander around exploring the old ruins. Just make sure that you have your sunscreen on, when the suns out... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
St Albans, United Kingdom
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk from town is not so far and this was a nice place to wander around exploring the old ruins. Just make sure that you have your sunscreen on, when the suns out :) Visited October 2015

Thank Wherenextdaddy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tilcara is a great little town with own simple identity. Adobe dwellings, Andean people, beautiful setting. You must visit.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We took the guided local tour and it was great to learn the history of the place, first built by the origin people and then conquered by the INCAS who brought all their knowledge that comes with a fee. they lived in this kind of fortress till the Spaniards invade America and finally won the battles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

For me, it was the first time seeing these huge cacti in such an astonishing number. You'll walk between them and the old ruins, to the top of the hill where an amazing 360 view probably will make you wanna sit down. Very easy hike for the intense experience.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Very interesting site. Takes 40-60 minutes. 20min walk from the town center. Entry fee is AR$50 p.P. and with the Ticket you get free Entry into the Museum, that's located at the town square. You can explore it on your own or wait for a guided tour (free). Most of the ruins are untouched, parts of it were restored to... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This was one of the more interesting pucaras I've visiting, including Quilmes near Cafayate and Quitor near San Pedro de Atacama. There are two different walking routes that you can take, although you should definitely take the longer one. The ticket office will give you a brochure with helpful information about the structures you are seeing and the culture behind... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to spend here. Ideally I would have liked to do a guided tour and learn more about the place and its former inhabitants. Also there is a nice botanical garden we didn't get to see. The place is well preserved and there is enough information on the pamphlets that you can do the walk... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Be sure to read the English language guide leaflet they give you at the gate to understand what you are seeing, in terms of local indigenous history. It's not a big site but it is spectacularly located.

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Very nice visit that can be done with young children. There is lots of space, the paths are nice and along the ruins, kids can enter the houses and run around which makes it less complicated to have them respect the few rules of the site. The reconstruction is beautiful with stones of varied colors. A must do when in... More 

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

We drove here about 20 km from Purmarca. It is amazing, as we love these sites, but it is not the best. If you have seen other sites, esp Machu Picchu, you may choose to skip this, up to you. I would not choose to go again. It is mostly total ruins. They did restore some buildings so you can... More 

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