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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  • August 15, 2017
    Kuelpa is a beautiful place, I played go in April and I suggest that you take Windbreak and shelter. the cable car is ordered and gives you a beautiful view. The history of the place is amazing.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We were on our own from Chachapoyas (combi until new Tingo + cable car) and save 30-40 Suns Tour. The cable car that you take in the village of Nuevo Tingo is an incredible experience, as you ascend the mountains and crosses an inmeso Valley hung from the booths. The fortress is especatcular, and also, for now is not so crowded as Machu Picchu, mereza worth going
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  • August 13, 2017
    I believe that the fortress of Kuelap in our Peru is an obliged destination comparable to Machu Picchu. Reach is not complicated. In the main square of Chachapoyas, you can take some tours by S/100 which includes revenues, entering the cable car transport, guide and lunch. We take Eagle tours and all good. The trip is approx. 45 minutes to the cable car station. There the Guide buy tickets. You must wait a bit to address buses carrying them to the cable cars. This little trip lasts nearly 10 minutes. You mention the modern cable cars in gruoos of 8 people and are traveling for 20 minutes watching a beautiful landscape. Same is repeated on the way back. Down from the cable car and you have to walk a bit to get to the fortress. This is another experience. Get to know the place of the ancient Chachapoyas, its organization and how they defended themselves from the invaders. By attacking with stones which were able to pass through your tickets, at least I, I don't know his strategy of another ancient culture. I repeat, an obligatory visit.
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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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