Another Chachapoyan site is Cerro Olán, reached by colectivo to San Pedro de Utac, a small village beyond Montevideo, then a 30-minute walk. From the plaza a clear trail rises directly into the hills east of town to the ruins, which can be seen from the village. Here are the remains of towers which some archaeologists claim had roofs like medieval European castles. According to Morgan Davis this was essentially a military installation and once a small city of considerable luxury, similar in construction to La Congona but on a grander scale. Ask the alcalde for accommodation. The road south from Chachapoyas crosses the Utcubamba River then passes through Palmira and heads to Leymebamba.
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