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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 guided tour chachapoyas backpackers main entrance impressive ruins interesting history great site interesting place hour bus ride walk up spectacular views well worth the visit
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank Leon B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Timothy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank nessymu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Millet02
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm from Cusco, and I was amazed by Kuelap, please dear tourists, visit the north of Peru, I know Cusco has Machupicchu (South), but the north has a lot of incredible surprises.!"!

Thank Bruce A
Reviewed September 7, 2018

We visited Kuelap one week ago. The main road to Kuelap is being repaved until December 2018, so we had to take a two-hour alternate, scary road through the mountains. Once we got to Tingo, we had to wait one hour because the cable cabins...More

Thank Guido C
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

This ancient site has a lot of energy. It was a pleasant day of hiking with Luis from Chachapoyas adventures. He was very knowledgeable and made the visit a real experience! My friend were age 61 and up, and we were all able to hike...More

Thank turqh2o
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Kuelap - The largest of the Chachapoyas empire. This is an area not well-known by foreigners, but it certainly should be promoted more.

Thank Incafotos
Reviewed July 26, 2018

To get to this interesting place one must ride an unbelievable 25 minutes in a cablecar. This cablecar delves into a valley and then up the other side to the Fortress. It is a true marvel of engineering. Once at the Fortress, get a local...More

Thank S. A
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Peru is a source of Inca and Pre-Inca sites that keeps giving and giving... Been to MachuPichu, Caral, Chanchan, Nazca Lines, Silustani Chulpas, and Kuelap is just breathtaking. Hope someday the Apurimac and Cusco authorities get together and make Choquequirao accesible to us olde farts.

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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.
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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