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Simon at Kuelap Ruins in Northern Peru

From here visitors can drive to the village on Tingo Nuevo and take the new cable car up to the Chachapoyan ruins at Kuelap, the largest stone built structure in South America.

The 20 minute cable car ride and the ruins of over 400 circular houses inside a stone walled fortress are both a wonder! Add to this a visit to the strange and amazingly uncrowded ‘standing’ sarcophagi in the rock face at Karajia and the mausoleums at Revash, rounded off by a visit to see the rescued mummies (only discovered in 1997) in the museum at Leymebamba, visitors will have had an amazing introduction to the Chachapoyan pre-Inca civilisation.