Chachapoyas and the ruins of Kuelap
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Chachapoyas, is located in the cloud forests of the Department of Amazonas
in northern Peru. Chachapoyas was home to a culture that pre-dated the Incas
and was conquered by the Incas in the 1470´s leaving neither their
language or original name. The name Chachapoyas comes from the Quechua word
the Incas used to describe this culture "sachapuyos" or people
of the cloud covered mountains. Of the hundreds of significant archeological
sites in the area, the most impressive is the fortress of Kuelap. One of
the largest structures built by ancient man, Kuelap sits on a 3000 meter
high mountain overlooking the region. Behind the massive walls of Kuelap
are dozens of structures built from stone, several have been reconstructed
or are currently under reconstruction, and many are still covered with trees
and bromeliads which give the ruins of Kuelap its mysterious atmosphere.
Kuelap is accessible by a 3-4 hour drive from the city of Chachapoyas or
by traveling 1.5 hours to the village of Tingo at the foot of the mountain
and hiking 4-5 hours up to the ruins. Those with interest in the archeology
of Peru will also want to visit burial sites such as Revash and Karajia
which require short hikes from the closest village accessible by road.
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