Since it was announced that infrastructure construction would begin on Tuesday for the Kuelap cable car, the big question on everyone’s mind has been: When?
The Kuelap cable car will be finished by July 2016 said the Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, according to El Comercio.
The construction of the Kuelap cable car is estimated to increase the number of visitors to the Amazonas archaeological site in Chachapoyas by 50%, reports the daily newspaper. To give it a number, they estimate the cable car will carry about 100,000 visitors a year.
“Kuelap is as big and important as Machu Picchu, but for decades we have not put in value and now we have to do justice,” said the Peruvian Head of State.
The improved infrastructure will attract, “Not only European tourists, but also South American tourists such as Ecuadorians, Chileans, Colombians and Brazilians,” added the President.
The cable car will begin from the district of Tingo Nuevo, Amazonas and run to an area near the Kuelap ruins. It will cover a distance of 4 kilometers in 20 minutes, rising from 2,278 meters to 2,939 meters, according to El Comercio.
Kuelap is a fortress of the Chachapoyas culture, where people inhabited its large 20-meter high walls between the years 800 and 1400.