The highest part of what today we refer to as ruins was the place chosen by the locals to set their defense against the enemy. First, there were other tribes and eventually the Spanish conquerors who found a strong resistance upon arrival until they were able to impose themselves.
(the King’s Heights) where this impressive city lies. None of its old inhabitants can be seen. With luck, visitors can find some traces of what once was this civilization, like arrow tips, stone or pottery axes.
Anyway, the local museum lies at the foot of the hill. Everything found so far from this old civilization can be seen through its doors. Jars, pottery, arrows and other basic items from these people’s everyday life stand out among the collection.
The ruins of Quilmes were one of the most important pre-Hispanic settlements in Argentina and it is known that the Calchaquí
tribe lived there from about 800 AD until 1666, when it was conquered by the Spanish. Most of the survivors were judged by the conquerors and taken to the south of the Province of Buenos Aires
. They were taken prisoners in the nearby areas of the present District of Quilmes, which owes its name to them.
Today, walking along these ancient galleries, through its paths and passages as well as through its pens, where long ago the animals grazed or the children played, is a unique experience that attracts visitors as soon as they catch a glimpse of the mountain.
As the brilliant writer Ray Bradbury would say, perhaps a meeting between a man of these times and another of those times could take place. And perhaps, as it is seen today, the city of the Calchaquí
people has not been destroyed, forgotten or abandoned. Its inhabitants, the same as always, continue living there more alive than ever. We just have to let our imagination soar.