Belonging to the Chachapoyas culture, the mountaintop fortress of Kuelap functioned as a political, religious, administrative and military center. A yellow stone wall rings the complex, measuring 680 meters long, and up to 20 meters high. Above the entrance gate — past bas-relief stone carvings of animals and birds — two stone platforms have been constructed to create separate living areas known as Upper Town and Lower Town. The ruins of 400 hundred circular stone buildings can be seen, overgrown in many places with trees and bromeliads. Rhomboidal friezes and zigzags in mosaic form, typical of Chachapoyas culture, adorn the walls. At the uppermost level is “The Tower,” 6.40 meters high and 9 meters wide, and a stone structure called El Tintero,or “the inkpot.”

Location Access
Province: Luya
Distance:
Time:
307 kilometers
from
Chiclayo/Trujillo to
Cajamarca to
Celendin to Tingo
Maria to Kuelap to
Chachapoyas
3 hours 30 minutes
by car from
Chachapoyas to
Kuelap
District: Tingo
Locality
Reference:
In the high part of
the Andamarcas
Site Details
Entrance Fee:
Opening Hours:
Museum & Other Services:
Adults S/.11.00
Seniors &
Students
S/.5.50 Children
S/.1.00
Monday to Sunday
8:00 – 17:00
Interpretation hall,
panels, bathrooms