Ruined City Found in Jungle in Peru," New York Times, July 7, 1985.
Gran Vilaya ruin sites and surrounding area, estimated at over 100 square miles.
well-known explorer, Gene Savoy, has discovered a "lost" city some 120
square miles in area in the jungle-covered mountains of Peru. This citadel,
called Gran Vilaya, is located about 400 miles northeast of Lima on a 9,000-foot
mountain ridge. Savoy said:
city's buildings ran along the ridge for at least 25 miles. He said the
expedition calculated that there were 10,350 stone structures in the defensive
network along the ridge and 13,000 other stone buildings in three major city
layouts. The stone structures, some measuring 140 feet in length, were built
atop terraces that go up the mountain slopes like stairs, he said. He described
them as 'complex units of circular buildings with doorways, windows, and niched
walls.' The walls, he said, 'soar up as high as a 15-story building."
The city was built by the Chachapoyas Indians about 1,000 years ago. The Chacahpoyas empire is dated at 800-1480 AD. The Incas, who finally conquered them, told Spanish explorers that the Chachapoyas were tall, fair-skinned people!
for miles along a ridge of the Andes called "the jungle's eyebrow,"
the ancient city of Gran Vilaya is perhaps the largest complex of ancient ruins
to be identified in our time. In immensity and grandeur, this vast Chachapoyan
city in the mountain jungles of northeastern Peru certainly surpasses any other
ruin known in that country.
discoverer, Gene Savoy, named the ancient metropolis in 1985 for the nearby
river Gran Vilaya, but he believes it is actually the citadel fortress which
Incan chronicles call "Rabantu" --the indomitable refuge where Manco,
the last Inca ruler, hoped to build a new life for his nation, and where he was
fleeing with his people when the Spanish armies finally captured him.
Over the past ten years, explorer Gene Savoy and other Foundation members have
studied and surveyed the vast metropolis. During this time, the Foundation has
also shed much light on the legendary Chachapoyas, the pre-Inca builders of this
city, a mysterious Caucasoid people whose existence in pre-Columbian America
continues to baffle historians and archeologists.
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department of Amazonas was the place of origin of the Chachapoyas culture know
as Kuelap or Sachapuyos. This city was under the Inca domination since 1475 with
the Inca tupac Yupanqui. After the Spanishs dominated to the Incas.
Gran Vilaya in The Explorers Journal
Explorers Club, headquartered in New York City, will be publishing an abridged
version of the long-anticipated story of the discovery of the ancient
Chachapoyan metropolis of Gran Vilaya by Gene Savoy. The article will be fully
illustrated and will contain the first published map of the Gran Vilaya ruin
sites and surrounding area, estimated at over 100 square miles. The article is
the result of the expedition report from the Gran Vilaya-El Dorado VI Expedition
of 1994, the AEF & OSC's final journey into the mysterious cloud city of the
Chachapoyas. Look for the article in the Spring 1998 issue of "The
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