Kuelap is an important archaeological citadel that was built in the pre-Inca period. It is located in the northeastern Andes of Peru, in the Province of Luya, in the Department of Amazonas. It has a height of 3000 m.a.s.l. To get to the citadel you can book a tour from Chachapoyas, or start from the district of Nuevo Tingo, located in the province of Luya. The trip can be made on foot in a three-hour walk, or by car in a journey that takes approximately 90 minutes. The other option is to use the gondolas that are in Nuevo Tingo. The entrance to the citadel has a cost of 20 soles for nationals and foreigners, and 10 soles for students. This citadel was built by the Chachapoyas culture, which inhabited this place at the end of the Middle Horizon and throughout the Late Intermediate period.
Best time to visit Kuelap
The best months to visit Kuélap are between April and October when theres is no much rain.
Climate in Kuelap
Kuélap has a temperate climate with several rains during the year. It has a maximum temperature of 21 ° C and minimum of 9 ° C.
Things to do in Kuelap
The tourist places to see in Kuelap are:
This building, in the shape of an inverted truncated cone, is 13.5 meters in diameter at the top, in which numerous evidences of ritual offerings have been recorded. There is a ossuary, where, as part of rituals, human bones were placed inside a container inside this Temple.
The things to do in Kuelap
Cable cars of Kuélap
These cable cars take you from the lowest part of the citadel (2000 meters above sea level) to the highest part (3000 meters above sea level) in a 4 km route. It takes 20 minutes to complete the trip and costs 20 soles. The departure station is located 10 minutes from Nuevo Tingo. This station has administrative and customer service areas, an elevator for people with disabilities, cafeteria, a souvenir shop, parking lot and a boarding area for the buses.
Full days in Kuelap
How to reach Kuelap
Kuelap by train
Currently, there are no train routes to this destination.
Kuelap by flight
To get to Kuelap, you can go by plane to Chachapoyas, the city where this archaeological center is located. The airport is 5km from the city of Chachapoyas.
Kuelap by bus
The transportation company Destinations North covers the route to Kuelap from Chachapoyas.
Accomodations in Kuelap
El Tambo Backpackers
Location: Jr. Ortiz Arrieta No. 448, Chachapoyas, Peru Price: from 58 soles Backpackers El Tambo is located in Chachapoyas and it has a terrace and a shared lounge, a restaurant, a free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi access. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, a tour desk and luggage storage. Each room at Backpackers El Tambo includes a TV cable and seating area.
Chachapoyas Backpackers Hostel
Location: Jirón Dos de Mayo N ° 639, Chachapoyas, Peru Price: from 124 soles Chachapoyas Backpackers Hostel is located in Chachapoyas and It offers a terrace, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi, and rooms with a shared bathroom.
Hotel Monte Peruvian
Location: Av. Libertad N ° 692, Chachapoyas, Peru Price: From 187 Suns El Monte Peruvian offers accommodation in the center of Chachapoyas. Just 3 blocks from the main square and a few steps from the main shopping street and the tourist and cultural area of the city. All rooms have a flat-screen cable TV and a private bathroom.
Location: jiron natividad s / n, Nuevo Tingo, Peru Price: From 474 Suns Ekokuelap Hospedaje Ecológico is located in Nuevo Tingo, it is pet friendly and has WiFi. It has a restaurant, sun terrace and views of the mountain. All rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, some have a seating area, and some are equipped with a terrace or balcony.
Important dates in Kuelap
Chachapoyas Tourist Week
From June 1 to 7
In this event you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the place and learn more about its history.
Patronal Feast of the Lord of Gualamita
From September 10 to 15
In this event the inhabitants carry out activities and celebrations that will make your stay unforgettable. These three days of celebration end with a feast of traditional food and drinks.