Fortaleza de Kuelap, Chachapoyas

One of the largest and oldest stone monuments in the Americas, Fortaleza de Kuelap 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 Fortaleza de Kuelap and other attractions in Chachapoyas, use our Chachapoyas attractions website .
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  • Well, I have to say that I took a flight to Jaen, this place has an airport that permits you reduce the number of hours to a very special jungle place. After that I took a taxi that goes to...  more »
  • Kuelap was built by the Chachapoyas a pre-inca culture. This place is called "The next Machu Picchu". It is still very natural and a hidden gem. Easy to go as they already installed a cable railway...  more »
  • More touristy than expected, but still astounding to see. Book a tour with an English-speaking guide, if your Spanish isn't great, to make the most of the day.
  • Culture, good infrastructure. Not crowded like the typical tourist attractions in Cusco area
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