Juan Crisóstomo Nieto

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Juan Crisóstomo Nieto, a Chachapoyas judge, brought the fortress of Kuelap to the attention of the world in the 1840s.

Nieto, guided by local villagers who had known the site for generations, made a survey of the area and took note of the great size of Kuelap, the major example of Chachapoyan architecture.