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About Kuelap

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.

Kuelap Weather

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:

Templo Mayor

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.

Kuelap Tours

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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.

Important dates in Kuelap

Chachapoyas Tourist WeekFrom June 1 to 7In this event you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the place and learn more about its history.
Patronal Feast of the Lord of GualamitaFrom September 10 to 15In 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.

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