The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism (Mincetur) has invested S/. 81 million (about US$24.5 million) in the construction of the Kuelap cable-car system and enhancement of this archaeological site —located in Luya province, Amazonas region.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva inspected the works of such a modern transportion system that is 90% complete and comes true after 15 years.
Once the cable railway is put into operation, tourists will be able to reach the Kuelap Fortress in 20 minutes along 4 kilometers at an elevation of up to 3000 meters, instead of spending almost two hours on the road.
This is an up-to-date, fast and safe means of transportation that uses a high-tech 8200 long cable to run the aforementioned cable-cars in the area.
According to Silva, this is an important engineering work built on the mountains, which complies with the highest safety standards for transport of tourists.
“We foresee this easy access to Kuelap will increase the flow of holidaymakers to 120,000 a year. Without this system, the average number of visits is 40,000, of which 25% are foreign and 75% domestic,” she commented.
The construction has required complementary studies of soil and rocks and the use of cargo helicopters to carry out concrete works on the highest points.
Moreover, the project has created 320 direct jobs for locals since its inception in August 2015.
The Estacion Embarque (Boarding Station) includes administrative offices, restrooms, warehouses and 22 spots to park on the first floor.
The second floor houses an exhibit hall, tourist service area, trade zone, a bar, a cafeteria, a waiting area, restrooms, and lookout points, among other areas aimed at visitors.