Peru’s Kuelap No. 3 on Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Must Visits in 2018

Peru’s Kuelap No. 3 on Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Must Visits in 2018

Where to Travel in 2018? The Wall Street Journal ranks Kuelap No. 3 in it’s Top 10 List
of hot destinations. “Don’t miss out!”

America’s premier business daily noted the inauguration earlier this year of cable car service to the Chachapoya Temple Fortress. Getting there had always required at least an hour and half of travel over rough terrain and bumpy roads — a journey that visitors almost universally deemed well worth the effort. With the cable cars, that’s been transformed into a spectacularly panoramic ride that takes only 20 minutes.

Kuelap is often called the Machu Picchu of the North. The massive yellow stone fortress is not as iconic as the famed Lost City of the Inca, but it’s on UNESCO’s “Tentative List” for inclusion on the World Heritage List.

The Fortress wall measures more than 65 feet in height at several points, runs nearly 2,000 feet in length and has a maximum width of more than 360 feet.

Inside the walled enclosure are more than  420 stone structures. The complex is divided into two terraces. Eighty 80 circular and three rectangular structures grace its northwestern High Sector or Upper Town. The Low Sector contains 335 circular and two rectangular structures.

These images were taken earlier this year by Ben Ilka, a printmaker, illustrator, writer, teacher, publisher and consultant. He has been traveling Peru far and wide, documenting the country’s cultural traditions in general, and it’s production of cacao in particular. Look for his upcoming book on the subject.

 

 

WSJ recommends Kuelap as a Must Visit for 2018

3. Kuelap, Peru

Think of Kuelap’s ruins as the Machu Picchu of the north. Ten thousand feet up in the Andes, not far from the Amazon, the 6th-century site was built by the Chachapoyas, known as the warriors of the clouds. Once an arduous journey, it can now be reached in 20 minutes, thanks to a new 2½-mile-long cable-car ride that zips you through the staggering landscape.

Authored by: PeruTravelTrends

A Peru Tour Operator and Travel Agency: Since 1994 creating wonderful vacation experiences for adventure travelers and holidaymakers in Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and all around the Andean region.

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