Kuelap: The Machu Picchu of the north (PHOTOS)


Ana Gamero

Kuelap, a walled city in the Amazonian Andes of northern Peru, is waiting to be discovered. Have you visited it?

It’s no surprise that Peru is one of the most popular destinations for tourists who are looking to discover ancient cultures. As we all know, Machu Picchu is the most famous one; however, Kuelap offers an interesting perspective of the pre-Inca cultures. It is the biggest city built in stone in the pre-Columbian era in South America and it is three times older than Machu Picchu.

Kuelap is a very important archaeological site that offers a window into the Chachapoyas culture, a pre-Inca culture that developed between 800 and 1470 A.D. One can enjoy magical landscapes, such as the waterfall of Gocta, and take a cable car up the mountain.

This year, the pre-Inca ruins are expected to receive more than 57,000 visitors. The Regional Government of the Amazonas suggests tourists to consider that following places as part of their trip: The Gocta Waterfall, Leymebamba Town, Karajia and the fortress of Kuelap.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip to Kuelap!

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