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Why visit Kuelap?

More than twice as old as Machu Picchu, the fortress at Kuelap is a pre-Inca stone city, set on a cloud forest ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley at an elevation of 3000 metres and surrounded by lush bromeliad and orchid covered vegetation. 
Reasons to visit Kuelap include: 

  • A fascinating glimpse of Chachapoya civilisation, which pre-dates the Incas.
  • Key structures include El Tintero – a circular turret in the shape of an inverted cone
  • Spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and hills below.
  • The scarlet bromeliads in the trees, the air plants’ roots wrapped around the tree branches overhead.

When to go to Kuelap

Most people tend to avoid the worst of the rainy season from about December to March.   For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time:

Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.


Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.


There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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