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Kuelap Fortress, Chachapoyas

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Ruin Historic Site
One of the largest and oldest stone monuments in the Americas, Kuelap Fortress once served as home of the Chachapoyas, a pre-Columbian society ruled by the Incas before the arrival of the European colonists. Probably built in the 6th century CE, the fortress walls once contained a massive community of several hundred buildings, including religious, civil, and military structures. The ruined citadel, located some 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level, initially housed nearly 300,000 residents, mostly warriors, farmers, shamans, and merchants. Today, the remains of the fortress provide an important glimpse into the everyday life of an extinct civilization that helped shape Peru's history. Make Kuelap Fortress a part of your Chachapoyas vacation plans using our Chachapoyas vacation builder.
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  • Difficult to reach but now with the car line it's a bit easier. Ruins in the middle of nowhere. It's not as magical as macho pickup but far less people and more unexplored. The tourism tours are still...  more »
  • Now with the new cable car it is so easy to get up there. The view is spectacular during the 20 something minutes of cable ride. The place itself is unique and explains why this place was special  more »
  • Kuelap's location is stunning and the view fantastic, but what is left of the town is absolutely fascinating and not overcrowded, at least not​ yet.  more »