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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. Make Kuelap Fortress a part of your Chachapoyas vacation plans using our Chachapoyas vacation builder.
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  • We take a tour from the plaza and took us all day between the trip and the little walk. It is a very nice, although I could not visit every corner since they were renovated, but super beautiful! I would like to go
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  • While several areas are remodeling, feels the mystique and the interesting thing about this fortress built in the Mountain Heights. Reached by the cable car is an unforgettable experience.
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  • Is becoming a research and comprehensive restoration that is leaving this fortified sanctuary of Kuelap, worthy to be compared with any wonder of the modern world,
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