Hike to reach the magnificent ruins, declared a cultural heritage site in 2003
This tour offers a perfect combination of archaeology, history and natural beauty
Explore the cloud forests that embrace the famed Kuelap Fortress in Chachapoyas
Come and discover the fortified citadel of Kuelap, home of the Chachapoyas Cloud Warriors. This is a walled city, a place of stone ruins associated with the Chachapoyas culture, built in the 6th Century A.D.
All year round
Chachapoyas hotel and hostel pick-up
Chachapoyas hotel and hostel drop-off
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
Route: Chachapoyas - Kuelap Fortress - Maira Town - Chachapoyas
Hotel and hostel pick-up.
After your hotel pick-up, we will depart from Chachapoyas to the Kuelap Fortress, which is the most important archaeological complex in Chachapoyas. The Kuelap Fortress was built in the sixth century, and was discovered in 1843. Its stone walls, up to 20 metres high, protect more than 500 circular houses. Many are decorated with high-relief friezes in the form of zigzags, which are distributed for more than 7 hectares.
We will have lunch in Maira town, and then return to Chachapoyas.
Hotel and hostel drop-off.
08:20 - 08:30
Hotel and hostel pick-up
Depart from Chachapoyas
Arrive in Kuelap
10:20 - 13:00
Visit the Kuelap Fortress
Depart from Maira town
Arrive in Chachapoyas
- Kuelap Fortress entrance fee
- English and Spanish-speaking guide
- Meals not listed
- Personal expenses
- Comfortable clothes
- Trekking/ walking shoes
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Bottle of water
- Extra cash
STUDENT - ISIC CARD (International Student Identification Card)
In order to obtain this discount, you must have a valid ISIC card on the date you are due to take the tour. You must present a valid ISIC card to the tour operator, or you will have to pay the difference of a full adult ticket in cash before you start the tour. Failure to do so means you will automatically lose your ticket, and will not receive a refund.
CHILD (FROM 6 TO 16 YEARS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be over 6 years of age and up to 16 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
This tour is not possible to operate for children under 6 years old.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
No Shows & Cancellations of this tour - If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 3 days before the tour begins or earlier, there is a 20% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
What kind of weather will I find in Kuelap?
The weather is normally mild and pleasant. During the day, the temperature reaches 25°C when the sun shines, and stands at about 20°C when the sky is covered. At night, it does not usually drop below 15°C. Rain can fall throughout the year; the rainy season begins in November and runs through ‘til April… But even in the rainy season it is unusual not see the sun for more than two days.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
What should I bring to the tour?
Bring cool, comfortable clothing for walking and rain protection. Also take boots with good grip for excursions, water sandals, swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent. It is always good to carry water or any liquid to rehydrate.
What is the best season to visit Kuelap?
It is difficult to determine the best time to go to Kuelap, because every season has its attractions. However, we recommend between June and October. Rains begin in November and last through ‘til March/April, leaving many access roads and trails extremely muddy and therefore almost unpassable.
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