To enter the site there are three narrow entrances and once inside there are many roundhouses typical of Chachapoya design. There are two obvious religious places namely the Castillo which is a platform overlooking the second entrance and the unusual Tintero, which appears like a chopped off inverted cone. The outer walls are impressive but what makes a visit to Kuelap so special is the feeling of mystery in a place that once was lost and is still not fully understood. Much of the site is covered by trees, laden with bromeliads orchids and mosses and home to many birds.
For travelers these are very interesting times at Kuelap as many new discoveries are being made. Teams of archaeologists, restorers and conservationists have been working on the site for over 4 years. Kuelap has always been a place to ponder as there have been many unanswered questions about Kuelap. From the information obtained during this latest dig, many questions have now been answered, but many more have also been asked.
We now know about Kuelap:
- the construction of Kuelap started in the 6th Century (from carbon dating)
- Kuelap was under continuous development
- the principal entrance way had a greater importance than the other two
- a massacre occurred in the southern area near the the Prinicpal Temple