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“Fascinating place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kuelap Fortress

Kuelap Fortress
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Kuelap Ancient Fortress Day Trip from Chachapoyas
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Chachapoyas
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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fascinating place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Fascinating place, with an incredible history. I recommend going with a guide (Augusto from Andes Tours (located in Hotel Revash) speaks very good english and gives good information, the cost is 45 soles (guide and transport only), although you might be able to negotiate). Cheaper tours are available, but the guides may not be as good. The problem with going with a tour however, is that you won't have time to yourself, and in a place like this, having time to sit down and just soak it in is really important (I regret this!). So perhaps negotiate a cheaper price and find your own way back afterwards.

Entrance is currently 15 Soles, cheaper for students. You can now drive almost to the ruins, with only a 15-20 minute walk. This is perhaps a bit disappointing, as the old trek probably added to the experience and prevented the more annoying tourists from visiting! You can also stay in the local village of Maria or camp and this would enable you to come up early in the morning and miss the (not huge) crowds. There is a restaurant in Maria that does good grilled trucha, but I can't remember the name (it's on the left as you come up into Maria towards Kuelap and it pretty big so should be obvious).

Visited February 2013
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“A must visit !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Amazing scenery, history & architecture. A guided tour is amust to truly understand this site Would commend Andes tours

Visited February 2013
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Luzern, Schweiz
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“Amazing Ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went to Kuelap with a tour for 30 Soles. (going with the bus privately would cost just as much) It took 3 hours with the van but it was totally worth it as you can see the beautiful landscape Peru has to offer. It is not very touristy and many people do not know about this archaeological site. Get off the gringo trail!

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“fabulous must see!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you like archeology/ Inca & pre-Inca history this really is fascinating and a must see. Incredible fortress on a moustain top overlooking surrounding valleys. Worth the trek there; book via tour agency. Augusto our guide was brilliant too and spoke several languages.

Visited October 2012
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“Only ones there! Impossible at Macchu Picchu!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

The title says it all. How refreshing to have one of the few local guides be radioed in because "there are tourists!" and then having the place completely to ourselves. These ruins are still undiscovered, and we loved it that way. Stunning and impressive, the Macchu Picchu of Northern Peru.

Visited December 2012
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