Escape the crowds of southern Peru and join us on an incredible day trip to the Kuelap Fortress! Built around 500 AD, Kuelap is a large walled city that was once home to thousands of Chachapoyas people. With massive walls that stand approximately 20m (65 feet) tall and 584m (639 yards) long, nearly 400 houses, and many other ceremonial buildings, some archaeologists believe that the amount of stone required to build the Kuelap fortress surpasses the amount of stone required to build the Giza Pyramid in Egypt. With such a magnificent appearance and cultural importance, the majestic stone construction of this pre-Incan society is known as the most important archaeological site in northern Peru and considered to be one of the most unique in South America. If you are near Chachapoyas, a visit to Kuelap is an absolute must!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Amazon Expedition Tour Agency, Chachapoyas
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Professional Guide Transportation
Cost of Lunch Entrance Ticket

Have Questions About the Kuelap Fortress Tour?

Contact Us





8:30 AM - Drive to Kuelap

We will leave Chachapoyas at 8:30 AM and drive 72 km southeast of the city. Along the way, we will observe the archaeological site of Macro and many other beautiful views of northern Peru.

Reserve Lunch

When we arrive in the village of María, we will make a quick stop at a restaurant to place our orders for lunch and then drive another 20 minutes before arriving at the Kuelap tourist center.

Hike to the Kuelap Fortress

When we arrive at the Kuelap tourist center, we will leave our vehicle in the car park and take a short hike up to the monumental archaeological site.  Once there, one of our professional guides will show you around the area and give you a detailed explanation of the most important and interesting areas of the city.

Return to María and Eat Lunch

After the tour, we will hike down to the tourist center and then drive back to the village of María for lunch.

6:30 PM - Return to Chachapoyas

After everyone has finished their meal, we will get back in the van and drive back to Chachapoyas. Expect to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 PM