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Published: February 5th 2014
Provincial Government Office for the Conservation of Nacional Monuments
On the outskirts of town. Done in the traditional local Atacaman adobe style.
After several fun-filled days, it was time to say goodbye to Sergio, Miri and Elodie as they left to cross the pass to Salta in the Quebrada Country of North-Western Argentina.
Left to my own devices, I decided to head north-west out of town to visit the Pukara de Quitor (archaeological site)and explore the quebrada country beyond towards El Tunel, as recommended by Elodie. It's also possible to hire a mountain bike and venture further afield and continue through Valle del Muerte and link with the main road to Calama back into town or vice versa. You can also do horse-trekking in the area. However, after "car-touring" for the past three or so days, I felt like stretching my legs and going on foot.
Pukara de Quitor is only 3km out of town, so very accessible. To be honest, it wasn't very impressive to me, as it appeared to consist of a series of newly built stone walls supposedly representing the footprint of various community buildings. In hindsight, I probably should have visited the Archaelogical Museum in town prior to my visit to better appreciate it. However, I'd heard mixed reviews about the displays there. What was impressive, though,
Local Camp Ground
Also on the outskirts of town. FFence and woven gate, also in the traditional style.
were the spectacular views from a variety of viewpoints in the complex, as you can see in the photos. In particular the views across to the Valle de la Luna ( visited in previous days) and Valle de Muerte (didn't get a chance to visit, unfortunately).
After an hour or so, I ate a quick lunch in the shade and headed further down the road to explore the Valle de Catarpe with it's spectacular rock formations, fabulous views from El Tunel and a little play in the Gargantua del Diablo. I'll let the photos speak for themselves......
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