Kuelap Fortress, Chachapoyas

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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. To visit Kuelap Fortress and other attractions in Chachapoyas, use our Chachapoyas attractions website .
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  • We did a guided tour thru our hotel. The guide tho was a local from Kuelap and hired there. He was very friendly and explained everything so good to us. We went early to beet the bigger tourist groups...  more »
  • It is a unique city, which was built on a plateau surrounded by ravines, valleys and mountains. It was built as a large fully fenced fortress, I loved it as well care and ordered to maintain the place,
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  • A three thousand meters... embarking on "eggs" as found in the Alps ski resorts (company POMA)... of course there are the exotic. But the fortress of Kuelap is a place to share, certainly one of the new prestigious sites of the Peru. The experience is to live.
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