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Address: 08000, Peru

Located 3,000 meters above sea level, these ruins are what remain of the...

Located 3,000 meters above sea level, these ruins are what remain of the stone temples, towers and fortresses of the supposedly lost white race called the Sachapuyos.

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An archeological site different than others

The Chachapoyas culture is, in my opinion,the most interesting in Peru. The sites have no equal with any peruvian culture, starting with their sarcophagus on the side of mountains... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Chachapoyas culture is, in my opinion,the most interesting in Peru. The sites have no equal with any peruvian culture, starting with their sarcophagus on the side of mountains and ending with really big places like Kuelap. This place is a must do in Peru.

1 Thank malthaus005
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Incredible place in the Andes bordering with the high amazon for people who like to hike and walk visiting ancient places and ruins, listening to its history.

1 Thank Dahrmat
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

As interesting as Machu Picchu. Soon the new funiculars will work and save as 90 minutes drive. You have to walk 2.5 kms or ride a horse. It is a 2.5 hour drive from Chachapoyas city. Really interesting to learn about the Chachapoyas culture. Worth the trip. Fly from Lima to Jaen city and drive 2.5 hrs to the city.... More 

1 Thank mellizos2011
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

A marvelous place to visit with a guide to explain both the ancient and recent history of the site. It has an aura that will linger long after you have departed. Building started in ?800 AD and continued until 1600 taking in Chachapoyas culture, Inca rule and Conquista domination. Until the Inca, there wasn't a built straight line to be... More 

2 Thank InfrequentNomad
Chachapoyas, Peru
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The fortified city of Kuelap, built by the Chachapoya civilisation in today's region Amazonas in northern Peru is a great place to visit. Currently there are not many tourists and you might have the impression to be lost in time. Take a local guide that will explain you the fascinating history. In October there should open the new cablecar that... More 

1 Thank Martina_Nord_Perou
Cusco, Peru
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Kuelap is amazing, really worth the trip. The only issue, if you don't want to go with a tour, is that buses schedule can be quite tricky in the area. We decided to rent a motorbike in Chachapoyas for a 5 day-trip to Leymebamba - Revash - Kuelap - Valle Belén. I you are interested, you can contact Dino: +51... More 

1 Thank chl0echa
Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

People say is the machine pic hi or the north and it kind of is but not in the way you think it is. For me machine pitchy is more beautiful, nevertheless, this coul de more impresive in other ways. First it's not fully unearthed, second it's older and maybe bigger( the walls are more than 69 feets tall), third... More 

2 Thank El_expl0rad0r
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

I had, frankly, never heard of Kuelap before -- and that's probably a good thing. Unlike Machu Picchu, Kuelap is not yet overrun by selfie-obsessed tourists. This fortified city is fascinating: its layout, colors, and sheer size are different from anything else I've seen in South America. A few words about getting there: I am not sure what exactly previous... More 

3 Thank Daniel E
White Rock, Canada
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

I had no idea what to expect but was interested to see somewhere else in peru other than macchu pichu. Kuelap is in a remote area and requires a good driver to get you there. The drive is incredibly scenic and is part of the attraction but it is on a dirt road with hairpin bends so could be quite... More 

3 Thank tessa s
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Chachapoyas and Kuelap were not even on my radar when I started researching which parts of Peru I wanted to visit on my 6 month journey through the continent. Kuelap came highly recommended by a German couple in Kartagena. Chachapoyas and Kuelap should be on any person's travel itinerary if you have time to spare, because it is a long... More 

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