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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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  • Beautiful place, must visit it and live the experience in one of the temples more ancient of the Peru, now has cable car.
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  • Recommended, a mystic place full of history of our ancestors, with the cable car is now much more quick and convenient to get, without a doubt, it is highly recommended.
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  • If these near chachapoyas do not miss this visit. They comparing it to Machu Picchu, but today for me, there are comparable. Machu Picchu impressed. What I liked most about kuelab is that it is still very similar to as it was found. There are many flora and fauna. The views, you look where you look, are breathtaking. The tour from chachapoyas costs 80 soles including transportation, guide, lunch and entrance. If you prefer to go by taxi I recommend go soon (before 11.00) to avoid tourists and enjoy more of the place. It is advisable to hire a guide. The famous cable car inaugurated it January 20, 2107 and may use the locals during 15 days only. Therefore February already will be active for tourists at a price of 20 soles (not is if it is back and forth or is each way). The cable car takes about 20 min, what today day takes 90 min on trails of goats.
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