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Kuelap Fortress

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Luya province, Chachapoyas, Peru
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All reviews machu picchu cable car mountain top takes hours take your time northern part chachapoyas backpackers main entrance impressive ruins great site interesting place hour bus ride above sea level tour operator walk up spectacular views well worth the visit
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's one of the oldest rock fortresses in the America's. And it shows - they're called "ruins" for a reason. Quite impressive if you see the structure and realize they had no "technology" to build walls more that 180 feet high to protect the rules...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TheBigMozey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fortress lies on top of a hill/mountain. The road was one bug mudslide. Therefore we needed to take a shortcut through the fields, which was still very muddy and slippery. The road needed some work. Take boots in the rain season! Fortress itself was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

I'm a backpacker and love to hike. However, for this I would recommend taking the teleferico (20 soles - for everyone, irrespective of nationality or age). This is a return ticket and you cannot buy a one way ticket. The hike doesn't look too great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank udai113
Reviewed December 1, 2018

The trip with the cableway is very beautiful. It is long enough to be able to fully enjoy it, and in some places the height is really so great! The fortress of Kuelap, although it can not be compared to Macchu Picchu, is still very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank msimola
Reviewed October 17, 2018

There are two ways to get to the fortress, you can walk all the way up or take the telecabinas. Both offer great views of the mountains. Some parts of the fortress are being restored, but you are able to walk through most of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Other visitors have written about this amazing fortress at 3000 m above sea level. There has been much propaganda about the construction of the new funicular which cuts the transfer from Tingo to the site down to 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the funicular is out of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

After Machu Picchu, it's hard to be amazed by ruins, but the fact that it was built 1000 prior to it is quite amazing. Kuelap is located in a less traveled area of Peru. Currently it's going through restoration jobs which should end by 2021....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Leon B
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We actually traveled here February of 2016 during the rainy season when there are less tourists. At the time, you could only reach Kuelap by road. Now they have a cable car between the 2 mountains. We arranged everything through Rob Dover of Vilaya Tours...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Timothy C
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Went to Kuelap on a tour arranged with Chachapoyas Backpackers Hostal. Our tour guide was good, speaking both in English and Spanish, though as a Spanish speaker I did notice he provided more info on the site in Spanish than he did in English. Though...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank nessymu
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

This is a great look at a pre-Incan culture. The hike up isn't terrible, and the ruins are interesting. The cake cars up the mountain guide nice views. If it's raining the stones used to create the paths are very slick and walking down is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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January 14, 2018|
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Response from GrayBeard001 | Reviewed this property |
I was not there when it was raining, so I can't speak to the slippery part, but I don't recall that the paths go right along the edge of cliffs with no barriers. If they were intentionally trying to place themselves in... More
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April 17, 2017|
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Response from Panamajoe2017 | Reviewed this property |
Closed some Mondays for maintenance. I think every other. They will tell you in town.
Rebecca D
November 1, 2015|
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Response from Superlous | Reviewed this property |
Chachapoyas backpackers is a hostal and they arrange tours. They don't take a commission and go by mini busses to the main sites. Kuelap for a day is 60 sol including transport and guide!! They also do other day trips but... More