The City Among Clouds


Known as the “Peruvian Babel Tower”, Kuelap is an ancient stone fortress strategically built by the Chachapoyas or Cloud People on a mountaintop whose western flank is an imposing precipice. The citadel covers an area of around 6 hectares (14 acres) with approximately 420 circular buildings that include a watchtower and a castle. All this is set amid rolling forested hills and small rural communities. A beautiful, little-visited gem in Peru.

Main Attractions

General Information

Altitude maximum:
3.450 MAMSL (District of Chuquibamba, province of Chachapoyas)

Altitude minimum:
23O MAMSL (District of Nieva)


Template and Rainy in summer (from December to April)

Máxima: 23ºC / 68ºF. Mínima: 10ºC / 50°F

Access Routes:
By Land: Lima – Chiclayo – Chachapoyas: 1,409 kms / 876 millas (21 hours)

By Air: New flight to Jaen