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Pueblo Perdido De La Quebrada - Ruin San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca - Argentina

Once upon a time, from the 3rd to 5th century AD, about 300 Aguada indigenous lived atop a mesa at the east end of Quebrada de Tala. Only the stone bases of their homes and corrals yet exist, amid giant cardoon cactus. The complex, now known as Pueblo Perdido de la Quebrada, extends 200 meters (656 ft). It also included warehouses, a plaza and a ceremonial center. Slowly the Aguadas’ lives are peaking, as the centuries of rubble is cleared away. The Centro de Interpretación at the base of the hill displays select items, and explains the site and Aguada culture.


Ruta Provincial 4, Km 5

San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca, Argentina

Ruin Types:

Getting There

Catch city bus Línea 101A or Loma Cortada from Equiú, between Rivadavia and Sarmiento (every 20-30 min., $0.50). Get off at the Camping Municipal. The Interpretation Center is across the road. The unshaded, 150-meter (500-ft) path begins 50 meters (164 ft) west of the Interpretive Center.

Travel Tips:

The site has an incredible view of the canyon. Guided tours are given on Saturday, though staff can guide at other times if not busy. Most of the excavated pieces are on display at Museo Arqueológico Adán Quiroga (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-8 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-8 p.m., holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sarmiento 450, Tel: 43-7413, E-mail: Entry: Adults $1.75, retirees $0.80, children to 12 years old free; free on Tuesday).

Price Description:

Adults $1.75, retirees $0.80, children (to 12 years old) free; free on Tuesday.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 8 a.m., 8 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 1 p.m., 8 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water; use sun protection (sun block, hat, parasol).

Visit Catamarca’s archaeology, art, history and other museums. Escape for the day escapes to Dique Las Pirquitas or El Rodeo for some hiking, fishing or horseback riding. Make a circuit of Valle de Catamarca to visit the village churches.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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