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- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- Kuélap Fortress
- South America
- 800AD - 899AD
Kuelap is an imposing 9th century fortress, once the stronghold of the Chachapoyas people, a tribe who lived in the region until shortly before the Spanish conquest.
Looming some 3,000 metres above sea level, Kuelap is an impressive site, with limestone walls surrounding a settlement of around 450 stone houses. It was once home to up to 3,000 people, and many of the structures still include their thatched roofs along with intricate carvings.
The fortress itself contains the remains of an ancient tower, guard posts and eight metre high walls containing fortified entranceways.
Kuelap is now open to the public, although its remote location makes it difficult to visit. This site features as one of our Top Ten Tourist Attractions of Peru.
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Address: Kuelap, Nuevo Tingo, Peru
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Just south of Nuevo Tingo, south of Chachapoyas. Many people choose to base themselves in Chachapoyas and take one of the private tours available from there.
Kuelap is open daily. Entry fee applies, roughly $4.
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