Kuelap in Peru: The other Machu Picchu

The lost city city of Kuelap in Peru had been overshadowed by the more famous Machu Picchu but that is changing

The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu may be the undisputed icon of Peru - but even older and equally enigmatic is the unsung fortified city of Kuelap.

Kuelap, nestled among the often impenetrable mountains of less-visited northern Peru, has been widely hailed as "the other Machu Picchu", once it became less arduous to travel to the distant citadel on its 3,000m-perch in the misty Andes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'The other Machu Picchu'. Print Edition | Subscribe