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Kuelap

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Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuélap Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
The Other Machu Picchu Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuélap Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
Kuelap Fortress and Citadel Bagua Grande  Peru
The Other Machu Picchu Bagua Grande  Peru

Kuelap Fortress and Citadel

Kuelap is an ancient fortress in the clouds: a pre-Incan citadel hewn from a cliffside, wreathed with mist, and surrounded by thick, hilly jungle. Unlike the geometric designs of Incan architecture, the walls of this Chachapoyan city depict animal shapes and fantastical figures. The fortress was populated by more than 400 round houses, and some of these have been reconstructed in the past years. You must hike to reach the ruins, but the effort pays off.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 1 year ago
Kuélap

Kuélap

At 9800 feet (3000 meters) above sea level, this is one of the Chachapoya culture’s most important archaeological sites, a military fortification protected by stone walls as high as 65 feet (20 meters). The compound includes traces of over 450 circular residences, all but identical, a main temple, a cemetery, and sundry other structures and enclosed spaces. Take the cable car—Peru’s first—to get there, at 20 soles or $6 round-trip.
over 5 years ago

The Other Machu Picchu

Kuelap is the 'Machu Picchu of the north' in Peru. Just as stunning, less of a hike, and about a million less tourists. I'd recommend this over Machu Picchu any day.