Pucara de Tilcara, Tilcara

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#1 of 18 in Historic Sites in Province of Jujuy
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Perched upon a hill within a mountain ravine, Pucara de Tilcara stands as a testament to a civilization that predates the Inca. Constructed during the 10th century by the Omaguaca people, the fortified town represents the culmination of nearly 10,000 years of human habitation in the area. Visit the site and explore its 60 reconstructed stone structures, divided into a park circuit made up of "entrance," "church," and "monument" neighborhoods--each featuring a different aspect of daily life. The collective museum houses more than 5,000 artifacts from the region's native populations, dating from both before and after the Spanish conquest. Afterwards, head to the onsite botanical garden for an up-close look at a number of local cactus species. Make Pucara de Tilcara a part of your Tilcara vacation plans using our Tilcara travel itinerary planner.
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  • We were on a day trip from Humahuaca to Salta in a small group. We walked up to the old fortification on the hill. Our guide was very informative and explained the history of the site, how the... 
    We were on a day trip from Humahuaca to Salta in a small group. We walked up to the old fortification on the hill. Our guide was very informative and explained the history of the site, how the...  more »
  • a sprawling site including ruins and some reconstructed structures, it is an interesting place to visit. There is a bit of a walk to get from one end to the other, but since there are interesting... 
    a sprawling site including ruins and some reconstructed structures, it is an interesting place to visit. There is a bit of a walk to get from one end to the other, but since there are interesting...  more »
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  • Impressive ruins of an ancient local Inca capital. Most of it has not been restored yet but a few of the houses were restored and give a good idea of the construction that was used. You can walk through the ruins by yourself but I advise you to take the guided tour (~45) as well which provides a lot of interesting facts.
  • It is a very nice place to visit

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