The Kuélap fortress can be seen as one of the largest ancient monuments of Latin America. Kuélap used to be the political center of the Chachapoya civilization from about 900 to 1400 AD. In that era, the city may have had 300,000 inhabitants. Due to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the Chachapoya civilization and fortress collapsed and Kuélap was abandoned.
In 2004, Kuélap was placed on the World Monuments Watch List to save the fortress from deterioration. Organisations such as the World Monuments Fund have supported the conservation of the Kuélap fortress.
We will leave from Chachapoyas to visit the areological monument of Kuélap. After visiting the areological site, we continue our journey by cable car to the fortified citadel of Kuélap for a three hour visit. We will have lunch in the city of Tingo and after that return to Chachapoyas.