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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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  • Worth Kuelap visit. Now you start to operate the cable car, we should push it much more. It is impressive. I'll be back anyway.
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  • As stunning as Machu Picchu, but must seize to Kuelap before the avalanche of tourists that comes after the promotion that is doing the Government of Peru. First there is to hire a tourism company from the hotel, as the distances between the attractions of Amazon are great. Kuelap is an impressive fortress made of boulders carved into an area elevated for better protection of the area. But we also need to go to the colonial Chachapoyas, the waterfall Gocta, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the caves from Quiocta Carajia sarcophagi. I went by bus to Chachapoyas and from there made my journey in a week. Highly recommended.
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  • The road to Kuélap is long but picturesque. Many landscapes. The fortress is impeccable but well-kept. The concern is that going to happen with the fortress when it is triple the number of tourists with the cable car.
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