05 October 2011

The path to Kuelap

The massive structure of Kuelap sits at 3000 metres, surrounded by steep valleys. Although far less well known than Machu Picchu, the travellers I met who had visited both sites found Kuelap at least as impressive, with the advantage that what reconstruction has been carried out is easy to identify — and the guides point it out. What I did find difficult about Kuelap was photographing it to show its astonishing size and position — unlike the manicured Machu Picchu, much of Kuelap still hides among the bromeliad-clad trees, and because it's the highest point in the area (unlike Machu Picchu), one can't look down on it. This photograph looks back from the foot of the main wall down the path to the carpark.

If you're thinking of travelling to Peru, consider spending a few days in Chachapoyas to visit Kuelap, the Sarcófagos de Karajía, and maybe some of the many other fascinating and spectacular places in the area.

[2 October 2011, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 100–300 mm at 100 mm, ISO 200, 1/640 at f8] 
All content © 2011 Pete McGregor


butuki said...

I'd never even heard of Kuelap (the name sounds very South East Asian...). Following your journaye definitely is giving me new insight into what is available in SOuth America.

pohanginapete said...

Miguel, South America has so much to offer and I find myself constantly being tempted to stay longer in places like Chachapoyas (and now Huaraz, which I think you'd love). I have to keep reminding myself to allow a good period in Patagonia.

Zhoen said...

Article about this place in the current Fortean Times.