Pukará of Quitor
A classic, light excursion that allows us to discover a beautiful part of the oasis, the Quitor Ayllu, and its famed archeological monument, the Pukará.
* The word “Pukará” refers to ancient fortifications built by the pre-Columbian culture in the 11th century.
Type of Excursion: Biking or van
Difficulty: Easy, ascending and descending ruins on sandy terrain.
Altitude: 2,400 meters above sea level.
Distance: Four km
Duration: Two hours
Itinerary: We depart by bike from Casa Atacama, heading north until we reach the Pukará of Quitor (30 minutes). We return by bike to Casa Atacama. This visit can be combined with a guided tour of the Padre Le Paige Museum.
Description: We head north, following the San Pedro River, which must be crossed several times before we reach the Quitor Ayllu, in the Catarpe Valley. Reaching the entrance of the Pukará of Quitor, we leave the bikes behind to explore the construction from top to bottom.
Recommendations: Bring light clothing, a jacket, comfortable footwear for biking, sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, and a backpack. We suggest shoes with quality soles. Ascending the Pukará of Quitor is done via a rocky, sandy trail that can be slippery on the way down.
Noi Equipment: The hotel will provide the bikes and helmets.
Includes: Water and trail mix.
Distance and Altitude
Baja. Con subida y bajada de ruinas en terreno arenoso.