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Kuelap

More wrecked shit.

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After Trujillo we headed first to Cajamarca which was a fairly nice stopping point for a few days, we had a really great night out in town there with a local guy who we met. He took us to a really cool barn-like music venue, where a band were playing stylized versions of loads of south american genres which was nice. We also saw a guy in town with no legs playing a drum kit, singing, and playing some really cool handmade kazoo. He was good. After Trujillo we passed through Chiclayo, we had intended to see a museum, but it was shut- typical. Our next stop was Chachapoyas, and from there we caught a whiplash-enducing busride at 3am to Kuelap, a set of pre-columbian ruins in cloud forest still being excavated, and still pretty overgrown. After waiting for 2 hours at the gate for the site to open at 8am, we walked a short distance to the site itself, which was really impressive. The whole thing is built on a raised patch of earth and rocks, surrounded by huge fortified walls. Walking round the ruins was like a real adventure, crumbling ancient walls lost in a forest of trees. The best part was that we had the place almost to ourselves except for the excavation team, so we were able to have a quiet little nap on the mountainside. We didnt get a guide, so we didnt really find out too much about the history of the ruins except that every house was found with dead people buried underneath, and that the Incans couldnt get past the massive stone walls to take the city- they had to put it under seige to conquer it. The photos are the best way to describe it I guess.

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After getting back to Chachapoyas we decided we had had enough of the highlands for a while, and so began our 5 day journey to Iquitos in the heart of the Amazon.

Posted by St Martins 10:25 Archived in Peru Tagged seniors

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