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Kuelap, Peru

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#101 of 274 in Historic Sites in Peru
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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  • One of the less visit archaeological sites in Peru. Kuelap needs a bit of work to get to. Easiest way to go there is to get to Jaen airport. Then a few hours of car ride to go to your base. Kuelap is ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A must see in Amazonas, now easy reachable by cable car. Hike down after a forenoon visit, if you have time
  • One of the best historical places to visit in Perú. Is located in Chachapoyas....which is in the jungle. To get there....you take a flight for 1hr and 30min to Jaen city and then a bus to Chachapoyas for around 4 hours. It is totally worth it!
  • Stunning views from this mountain top fortress. Still a lot of work being done so it will only get better. Well worth it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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