6-Day Journey From Chachapoyas To Cajamarca

Daily Tour 6 days
Peru Chachapoyas and Kuelap


This Journey from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca will show you the humid cloud forest. Which is located on the eastern slopes of our Andes. This place was the home of the Chachapoyas and its literal translation is, “the Town of the Clouds”. Its inhabitants are thought to have been great warriors, powerful shamans and prolific builders. Being responsible for one of the most advanced civilizations in the tropical jungle of Peru. The trip to the lost Kingdom of the Chachapoyas, a diverse area of ​​impressive landscapes, high mountains, cloud forest, deep canyons, huge waterfalls, raging rivers and jungle. It is made for travelers with a deep interest in archeology and adventure. In fact, the ruins are so numerous that the area is described as the richest archaeological zone in South America.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Journey from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.



  • Visit the most representative site of the Chachapoyas civilization, considered the largest ancient stone structure in South America.


  • Marvel at one of the tallest free-leaping waterfall in the world witch offers one of the most worlds sublime spectacles.


  • Explore these inaccessible colorful funeral buildings


  • Peruse the mummies of this very exclusive museum.


  • Enjoy one of the most spectacular scenic winding mountain roads in Peru.


  • Fall in love with the city that was site of one of the most memorable set of event in the Spanish conquest of the Americas, stroll down cobblestone streets, passing by old churches and colonial houses.



Upon arrival to Jaen airport, you will meet our representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it.  After this friendly encounter, you will be transferred in 4 hours (176 kms/109m) journey through amazing landscapes, as this region is famous for its cloud forest and different microclimates, until you reach your lodging in Chachapoyas city.  Free time to become acquainted with the city and its surroundings.


Early in the morning, you will be picked up to begin your trip to Cocachimba village, where for generations their inhabitants have made their living cultivating sugarcane, local fruits and coffee.  From this point you will begin the trek that goes along the side of a valley through sugar cane fields and into forest that is home to the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, mountain sloth and the magnificent cock-of-the-rock.  With glimpses of the waterfall along the way we arrive at the base of the highest fall after 3 hours.  Those brave enough may want a dip in the pool at the base.  The waterfall though known about for many years was only recently measured in 2006 and found to be one of the tallest in the world.

Later return to the village and your transportation to drive back to Chachapoyas city.

*Optional: Horses can be organized for the route to Gocta


After breakfast, you will be picked up from your lodging heading the archeological site of Kuelap, the largest ancient stone structure in South America.  Take the cable car to reach it.  This fortress is perched on a ridge at 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level and is still mainly covered with vegetation typical of the cloud forest, matches in grandeur only by the ruins of Machu Picchu and is the best preserved and most accessible of the district’s archeological site which afford exceptional panoramas of a land once inhabited by the Chachapoyas. Your guide will show you around the site and explain the mysteries and past of this unforgettable testament to ancient city planning. Later return to the cable car and then to the transportation to drive back to Chachapoyas city.


Today you will have a ride to Yerbabuena and walk for a steady 2 hours uphill for a close up view of a spectacularly colorful cliff tomb. This extremely photogenic site is perched on a yellow cliff and the tombs are like mini houses with red pictographs dating back to 1200 BC. Continue on to Leymebamba (45 mins) and visit the museum housing the 219 mummies found at a nearby lake, Laguna de los Condores, in 1997. This museum exhibits more than 2000 artifacts, among them 32 Quipus from the Inca times which make this museum unique in Peru. Overnight in Leymebamba.

*Optional: Horses can be organized for the hike to Revash


Today, drive along this rough but beautiful road that climbs up to a pass (3600m) overlooking the Marañon Canyon over before plummeting steeply to the shabby and infernally hot village of Balsas (975m), passing through many different eco systems.  Cross the bridge at the valley bottom, then drive up 2400m to the western side of the canyon.  A little beyond is the market town of Celendin famous for its straw hats.  Another 3 hours, crossing high rolling hills and agricultural land and you will arrive in Cajamarca.

If you don’t have the heart, patience and nerves of steel to brave this journey you can always choose the option to go to the city of Tarapoto, ask our travel experts.


At the designated time you will begin the tour of the city of Cajamarca which holds an important place in the Peruvian history as it was the place where the Spanish finally triumphed over the Inca empire by capturing Inca Atahualpa.  Despite rapid growth due to the gold mining industry, Cajamarca still retains a historic feel. Villagers stroll down cobblestone streets in traditional attire, passing by old churches and colonial houses as they make their way towards the Plaza de Armas, as you explore the city you will likely see locals in colorful skirts, straw hats and woolen shawls.

At the end of the tour you will have free time before you will be transferred to the bus station or the airport for your next destination.

Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip including a visit to the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas


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