A cactus with the Quilmes ruins in the background
Once the bus has driven over the high mountains (3000m) the landscape changes to an arid landscape.
The road to Amaicha
The main plaza
Around 8 km from the town is a short trek to a small waterfall. The trek brings you through a spectacular canyon formed by erosion from the river.
The canyon entrance
The river at the canyon entrance
Looking back from inside the canyon
The second falls
The river valley
The ruins are about 15km out of Amaicha and are easily reachable by taxi. They are situated on the side of a steep hill overlooking a flat plain.
The Quilmes ruins
The plains overlooked by the ruins
The lower part of the ruins
The ruins from the hills
The Quilmes people eventually succumbed to the Spanish invaders and were rounded up and forcibly marched thousands of kilometres to Buenos Aires to a settlement that still bears their name. Inevitably many died on the march and in the new settlement at Quilmes in Buenos Aires.
The descendants of the Quilmes people have now returned to the Quilmes community and have restored and protected the ruins as an important part of their history.
A geko amongst the ruins