Kuélap: A Cold and Ancient Ruin in the Peruvian Amazonia

Did you imagine the Peruvian Amazonia to be hot and humid? Well, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are a number of places in the Amazon region which are cool and sometimes even very cold. One such place is Kuélap. This place was built by the Chachapoyas culture back in the 6th century AD. It overlooks the Utcubamba Valley and is located on top of a ridge.

Is Kuélap very cold?

Kuélap is located at a height of 3000 m above sea level and is surrounded by cloud forests. The remnants of the old settlement can still be found and you can easily imagine what it must have looked like some 1,500 years ago. This ancient settlement still houses a number of archaeological and civilizational treasures. You can spend time admiring the carvings in the walls and also study the ruins. There are many burials around the walls and some stones which are part of the ruins contain reliefs that have geometric and anthropomorphic designs.

 An archaeological treasure that was almost lost in time

Archaeologist have also found a number of weapons and artefacts that closely to pick the life of these ancient people some of the structures have been restored but many others have been lost to the ravages of time.

As this place is located 3000 m above sea level it can get very cold to access this place you will first need to travel to El Tingo which is located 1,800 m above sea level. From here, you can take a cable car directly to the fortress. There is also a 37 km dirt road which takes you to the fort along a picturesque path. The massive fortress will entertain you and mesmerize you with its beauty.

If you would like to visit this place please contact us today. We would be happy to take you on a journey of adventure and discovery.

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Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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