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Macro - Ruin Kuélap - Peru

An enigma among the hundreds of Chachapoya ruins in the region, Macro is one of only two known sites built on the side of a hill, rather than atop. The walls, extending at least one kilometer, are made of finely finished yellow stone. Some are of circular buildings. Others appear to hug the contours of the land, thus lending its name to the site: Macro means undulating. According to ethnohistorian Peter Lerche, this site probably had ceremonial purposes.

Near Tingo
Kuélap, Peru


Getting There
From Tingo, a 10-minutes walk along the road towards Chachapoyas takes you to the oroya, or cable car across the river. Ask directions to Macro, it's quite easy to find. An pre-Inca road connects Macro with Yálape, near Levanto (a 3-hour walk).

Here are other activities in and around Kuélap that may be of interest: Gran Vilaya and Kuélap Ruins.

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