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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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  • Back to Kuelap, after 5 years and we love po be very well care and best paths. Went with mobility itself and was spectacular drive by the mountains. We hope that soon is the funicular, surely will be a super show
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  • High altitude = big help to be acclimatized to breathing at elevation for hike to fortress. Numerous shaded rest area along the way. Trail is in good shape... there are no significant steep sections o...  more »
  • We skipped the guided tour and hiked up to Kuelap, the way up is a bit challenging, as its a 10k uphill hike. i suggest to start early in the morning. we paid 20 S entrance and spent there about 1H. t...  more »