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THE CITADEL OF KUELAP

Three Entrances

The city of Kuelap has three entrances. Two are located on the east with the remaining one in the opposite sector. A funnel-shaped corridor links the access doorsTo Related image to the Multimedia Gallery.

The lower town, one of the sectors of the city, consists of 335 circular structures. Prominent in the extreme south, is a building shaped like an inverted cone known as the Inkwell, with an interior cavity like a bottle.

The alley leads to the upper town where there are 80 buildings made of stone. The most important is called the Castillo with three impressive superimposed platforms. It is not difficult to get to KuelapTo Related image to the Multimedia Gallery. A run of 4 hours by road and then a brief 15-minute walk - certainly not too much to get to know this fortified city of stone.

But the city of big walls can also be reached on foot. In a long, roundabout way that joins Chachapoyas with the province of Luya, with stops at the villages of Corazón de Jesús, Huaychapampa, Juscubambo - where the Karajía sarcophagi are found - and Tinjo, a village swept away by a landslide in 1993.

By road or on foot the arrival at Kuelap is unforgettable and the images and details observed in this corner of Peru, mix of jungle and sierra, will stay in the traveler's memory for years to come.


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