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Kuelap, Peru

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Kuélap or Cuélap is a walled settlement located in the mountains near the towns of María and Tingo, in the southern part of the region of Amazonas, Peru. It was built by the Chachapoyas culture in the 6th century AD on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley.LocationKuélap is located on a limestone ridge on top of a mountain at an elevation of 3000 metres, on the left bank of the Utcubamba River. It belongs to the district of Tingo, Luya Province, Amazonas. The area is covered with cloud forests, with a variety of trees, orchids and epiphytes. The protected zone covers an area of 218.33ha and a buffer zone of 609.67ha, both protecting about 12 archaeological sites and the main site of Kuélap.ArchitectureKuélap is a walled settlement built in a north-south orientation, 584 m long and 110 m in its widest part, making up an area of ca. 6 hectares. The walls are 10 to 20 m high with masonry of limestone blocks finely worked (some blocks may weigh 3 tons).The city has 3 entrances, 2 to the east and the other one to the west. The main entrance has a trapezoid shape and may have had a corbel arch; it becomes narrower until it allows the passage of one person.
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  • No doubt was my musts in the Peru, I loved it, as well as being very beautiful, all are very specific, and that for my sum extra points.
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  • Interesting place. Like a number of pre-Inca sites nobody is exactly sure why it was built and what when on here although there are many theories. There is now a cable car in place which saves many ho...  more »
  • Without a doubt one of my favorite places. How to get on their own from Chachapoyas (if don't have much budget). 1) go to Chachapoyas (3-4 Suns taxi) terminal 2) take carriage toward the District of Tingo, where are the cable cars (7 soles) 3) already in Tingo, you walk into the office and buy the ticket for the cable cars (20 Suns includes return, does not include entrance to Fortress). (4) a bus (included in the ticket) will take you to the station to take the gondola or cable car. (5) low from the gondola and purchases the entrance to the fortress (20 adult soles). (6) already with your input start the walk towards the fortress which lasts between 15-25 minutes depending on the physical. (7) in order to return do the same: you walk from the fortress to the gondola, you take the gondola, then bus to offices and finally the truck towards the terminal of Chacha are usually put out offices or in plaza de el Tingo. Recommendations: Go in the morning. Bring a raincoat because it tends to rain and trekking shoes. There are no restaurants, but if there is chozitas where they sell food that is usually rice with trout. Pros: Cheap. Cons: You won't Guide, so it would be good that you've reported before. Or you can pay to any guide you to include in your group.
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  • Stunning views from this mountain top fortress. Still a lot of work being done so it will only get better. Well worth it.
  • Just incredible. The fortress of the Chachapoyas culture will leave you amazed. The aperture of the cableway (for only 20 soles and 20 minutes, not for vertigo sufferers) makes easier the visit to this archeological site for older people and children. But for those who love trekking you can always take the 3 to 4 hour way to the fortress. It's a must go when visiting Amazonas. The entrance is up to 20 soles for adults. To get to the top you must walk 30 minutes o less or you can rent a horse. Guide is optional.
  • Incredible cable car brings you to the trail head. There's a small museum, then a 25 minute walk at 3000m which can be a bit taxing, but the site is awesome. It's much larger than the pics lead you to believe. Water and bathrooms at the trail head.
  • We had a great experience. The telepheric is just great and good organisation. We shared a guided tour and shared a great experience. Most of the site is visible. And great views.
  • Beautiful archeological site that is less crowded than Macchu Picchu. Beautiful views of the landscape and constantly changing skies. Very beautiful scenery.

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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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