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Kuelap Fortress, Chachapoyas

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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 come to Kuelap at 11:00 in the morning and there were no guides. All were at a funeral of a member of his Church, and nobody was available to guide. We had to make the visit without information, so I think that it was a trip in vain. The site is located 3000 meters above the level of the sea and from the box office walking almost 3km in ascent, nor were muleteers with their horses. The site presents a State of semi abandonment and watchers say only 10% of the site has been worked. The view and the landscape are the only things that are worth.
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  • You get a good perspective on life hear long ago. Interesting how they lived so high, houses sited cheek to cheek. 
  • I was pleasantly surprised with a visit, get to the Kuelap is quite an experience, the way is wonderful it has stunning views and everything is very well taken care of. It has a good access road to get to the fortress. The Citadel itself is majestic and the nature that surrounds it beautiful, numerous bromeliads on trees give this wild touch to the landscape, despite being on the heights. The Chachapoyas were a unique culture that unfortunately has not been fully studied. At the point where purchasing entry tickets find clean restrooms, once you ascend to the fortress you will find rustic stalls selling water, soft drinks and some snacks (egg hard, cachanga, potato-filled, banana cheese), that could be improved, but how useful you find are ponchos for rain, super cheap! To reach the fortress most advisable is to look for a tourism agency and go with a guide, in my case chose Eagle Tours the average cost per person is 50 soles (approx. $15) and the trip takes about 2 hours from Chachapoyas. The entrance ticket to the Fort costs 20 Suns per adult and 5 children. Good news is that soon will be operating the cable car will decrease the travel time by car, in addition to the views are spectacular!
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