Amazonas. Aug. 01 (ANDINA). Between 24.000 and 25.000 tourists are expected to visit the imposing Kuelap fortress in northern Peru this year. a 20 percent increase from 2009. according to the archaeological site's director of restoration and conservation. Alfredo Narvaez.
Narvaez told Andina that nearly 20.000 tourists visited Kuelap last year with 20 percent of them being foreigners. noting that recent numbers show a steady growth.
‘This year we could witness unprecedented growth in tourism. In the last six years. tourist arrivals have increased by 20 percent. but in 2010 we could achieve a 20 percent growth.’ the official said.
According to Narvaez. the majority of foreign tourists visiting Kuelap -one of the main attractions of the northern Amazonas region- come from the United States. Germany. France and Spain.
The impressive stone fortress was built by the Chachapoya people around 800 A.D. It is located 3000 masl / 9843 fasl and is 6 hectares in surface. There are three defensive platforms; the first is 20 meters / 66 feet high and 680 meters / 2231 feet long.
Its three entrances are walled alley-ways that narrow as they climb up to the following two platforms. Inside. there are 420 circular buildings decorated with rhomboidal and zigzag friezes.