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Fortified Citadel of Kuelap

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Fortified Citadel of Kuelap

Full Day

Explore the Mysterious Fortified Citadel of Kuelap on a Day Tour from Chachapoyas

Discover the mysterious and ancient fortified citadel of Kuelap on a day tour from Chachapoyas.

Kuelap is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built by the Chachapoyas people, a pre-Inca civilization that flourished in the northern Andes of Peru.

The citadel is perched on a steep mountaintop and is surrounded by sheer cliffs. It is a massive structure that covers an area of over 33 acres.

On this tour, you will explore the citadel’s ruins, including its impressive temples, plazas, and fortifications. You will also learn about the history and culture of the Chachapoyas people from your knowledgeable guide.

This tour is a great way to experience the unique and fascinating culture of the Chachapoyas people.

Tour Price

Fortified Citadel of Kuelap Tour

$40 USD
per person

Group Size:

Up to 18

Activity Level:


Trip Length:

1 Day

Overview of the 1-Day Fortified Citadel of Kuelap Tour

The Kuelap fortress is a walled city of more than 400 buildings, built by the Chachapoyas culture in northern Peru. The fortress is one of the largest in the Americas, with an extension of six hectares. It is located on top of a mountain at 3000 meters above sea level, and dominates the valley of the Utcubamba River.

The fortress is composed of two superimposed artificial platforms, on which the town center is located. The most impressive thing about Kuelap are the enormous defensive walls that delimit the "Lower Town" and the "Upper Town".

Here are some highlights of the Fortified Citadel of Kuelap Full Day Tour:

  • Here are some highlights of the Fortified Citadel of Kuelap Full Day Tour:
  • Explore the mysterious and ancient citadel of Kuelap, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • See the impressive temples, plazas, and fortifications that were built by the Chachapoyas people.

Fortified Citadel of Kuelap: 1-Day Itinerary

9:30 a.m.: At the specified time, we will depart for the fortified citadel of Kuelap. After approximately 45 minutes, we will reach the archaeological zone of Macro for observation and an explanation of the residential complex built on the slope of a hill. We will then transfer to the town of Nuevo Tingo and later to the boarding station and departure platform to board Peru's first cable car system (teleférico). This will take us on a 20-minute journey covering 4 km, arriving at Malca Pampa. We will visit the interpretation room and then walk for about 30 minutes to reach and explore the external area of Kuelap. Here, a professional guide will explain the historical process of Kuelap for approximately 45 minutes, covering various places such as ceremonial enclosures, decorated circular rooms, etc. Now, also experience a new virtual adventure with Kuelap 360°, a virtual journey through the Kuelap of our ancestors. Return in cable cars, followed by a lunch and return transfer to Chachapoyas.

5:00 p.m.: Arrival in Chachapoyas.

  • Travel time: 2 hours (round trip)
  • In Kuelap cable car: 40 minutes (round trip)
  • Visit time inside Kuelap: 45 minutes
  • Virtual tour time: 7 minutes.


  • Continuous transportation for the development of the tours.
  • Official tourist guide.
  • Transfer in cable cars (cable car).
  • Entrance ticket to the fortress of Kuelap.
  • Lunch.

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Other unspecified items.
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Essentials for the Fortified Citadel of Kuelap Tour:

  • Wear light and warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoats in case of rain.


Travel Highlights

Duration:1 Day
Type:National Tours, Chachapoyas
Ideal group size:1 to 18 explorers
Physical Intensity:Easy
Departures:Available Daily
Recommended age for the tour:Participants must be at least 18 years old to embark on a solo Tierra Biru adventure. For minors accompanied by a guardian aged 21 or older, the minimum age is 6.

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