Kuelap reopened – The Fortress will receive a maximum of 136 visitors per day
From today, the Monumental Archaeological Zone of Kuelap will reopen its doors to domestic and foreign tourists, in order to promote economic revival in the Amazon region, keeping all biosecurity measures, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Visitors will have free access to the Kuelap Fortress until December 31, 2020. The capacity will be reduced to control the social distance. Therefore, it was decided that daily, only 136 people and groups may enter.
“There will be 17 groups of eight people, which will enter in a staggered manner. Each group will be able to count on a guide or tourist adviser, to make a maximum number of 9 people. Each group will enter with a period of 20 minutes with which it follows, to avoid crowds,” said the Ministry of Culture.
The entrance to this area will be from Tuesday to Sunday, from this Thursday, November 12, between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. The circuit has been designed in such a way that visitors will travel in one direction only, without having to cross between them in any way. There are eight (08) explanation areas of compulsory stop, within the tourist circuit of Kuelap.
To enter, you must make a reservation in advance, sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 939 392 347. Reservations are attended from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Visitors will have to comply with all protocols, such as the mandatory use of the mask at all times, the taking of temperature at the entrance to the Archaeological Zone. There will also be alcohol gel and spaces for hand washing.
It is necessary to indicate that there are two access routes. The first, through the use of the private system of Kuelap gondolas, and the second, taking the road on the route Tingo – Longuita – Maria – Kuelap.
MORE ABOUT KUÉLAP
The Kuelap Archaeological Complex, declared Cultural Heritage of Peru in 1998, is located in the district of Tingo, province of Luya, Amazon region. It sits on the top of a plateau formed by the Barreta (west) and Lahuancho (east) hills, at 3,000 meters above sea level, on the left bank of the Utcubamba River and immersed in a dense cloud forest. It has an extension of 218.33 h.
The occupation in Kuelap originated around 500 BC and continued until 1570 AD. Most of the buildings observed on the surface correspond to the Late Intermediate Period (900-1470 AD). The two last and shortest occupations on the site are linked to the Inca conquest of the region (1470) and the subsequent Spanish occupation.
The complexity of its architectural design, imposing and well preserved, as well as its antiquity, define Kuelap as an elite urban center in the Utcubamba Valley and a religious center where various communities converged, as evidenced by the human remains found in the Templo Mayor, and nearby funerary structures such as those of Barro Negro, La Barreta and La Petaca.
In this complex there is a monumental building known as “La Fortaleza”, located on the top of Barreta hill. It consists of a large walled enclosure, containing nearly 500 circular buildings, arranged in two sectors: High and Low, in an area of almost 7 hectares, built entirely of stone.