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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  • It has improved a lot with the cable car should know that Mondays are maintenance and only arriving there from Tuesday to Sunday... I think also that should give a discount for delegations of school because the entrance is 20 adult Suns and 10, University teachers Moreover there are counselors, cafeteria and horse if they don't want to walk a lot.
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  • Amazing site, visit any quiet the day of maintenance of the cable car. Guide-very interesting private archaeologist.
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  • A magical place, which should be more studied to discover still unresolved secrets. Recommend them!
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Visitors to Chachapoyas can take advantage of a number of hotels spread across town, including many options clustered near the main city square. Most hostels cater to backpackers who need few amenities, but if you want something more comfortable and better equipped, consider a guesthouse a short drive outside the city. Most family-run establishments in the surrounding villages offer guided treks to nearby waterfalls and ruins, with collected profits used to improve local infrastructure.
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