Rivaling Machu Picchu in beauty and grandeur, the stone fortress at Kuelap boasts mist enshrined turrets, sacrificial altars, and even sun-lazing llamas on the precipice. Kuelap straddles both jungle and highlands, earning it the nickname: Eyebrow of the Amazon. Built by the Chachapoyan people as a mountain top sanctuary, Kuelap is full of magic and mystery, beauty and history. But unlike Machu Pichu, its more famous cousin in the south, there are no crowds or hordes of trekking backpackers jostling for their shot of the Inca’s great city. Let’s be honest. Unless we’re in a nightclub, I don’t like mobs. In Kuelap, you will actually hear birds in the trees and get close to livestock grazing on the grass. You can sweep your hand across stonewalls, 20 feet high and over 600 years old. While wandering the grounds, note the artistic craftsmanship of the granary and the chiseled designs in stone that are still employed on village houses below. Lara Croft never had it so good.