Peru’s government has decided to build a cable car system to reach the Kuelap archaeological site. Kuelap is located in the cloud forest of the northern Amazonas region.
The cable car should make it easier for tourists to visit Kuelap on the top of a mountain. The archaeological site was declared cultural heritage in 2003 but this has not caused tourists to visit the place en masse. Most tourists go directly to the south of Peru to visit Machu Picchu.
The project is expected to cost $17.9 million, and will be ready to run for tourists in 2016. The 26 cars should be able to carry eight to 10 passengers at a time, which comes down to a capacity of 1,000 passengers every hour. Peruvian president Ollanta Humala says that this project is meant to revitalize Peru’s northern tourist circuit. “Kuelap could easily be a second Machu Picchu.”
The fortress, with its impressive tall walls, was built around AD 1300. It can now only be reached by a steep climb up the mountain. The views of the surrounding landscape are unlimited.