THE SPECTACULAR 6-DAY JOURNEY FROM CHACHAPOYAS TO CAJAMARCA

This 6-day journey from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca will show you the humid cloud forest of the eastern Andean slopes that was home of the Chachapoyas literally translated as “the People of the Clouds”, whose inhabitants were thought to be great warriors, powerful shamans and prolific builders who were responsible for one of the most advanced civilizations of the Peru’s tropical jungle.  The journey to the lost Kingdom of the Chachapoyas, a diverse area of stunning scenery, high mountains, cloud forest, deep canyons, huge waterfalls, raging rivers and jungle, is made for travelers with profound interest in archeology and adventure, in fact the ruins are so numerous that the area is described as the richest archeological zone in South America and boasts impressive heritage sites and scenery to rival anything in southern Peru.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 6-Day 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 guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high standard services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transportation according to the highest standards
  • Official drivers
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out 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 for this 6-Day spectacular journey from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.

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.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature

LOCATION
  • Amazon
  • Cajamarca
  • Chachapoyas
  • Gocta Falls
  • Kuelap
  • Revash

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy to Moderate

DURATION
  • 6 days

WHEN TO GO
  • May to November

KUELAP

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

GOCTA WATERFALL

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

REVASH

  • Explore these inaccessible colorful funeral buildings

LEYMEBAMBA MUSEUM

  • Peruse the mummies of this very exclusive museum.

JOURNEY LEYMEBAMBA - CAJAMARCA

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

CAJAMARCA

  • 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.

DAY 01 ARRIVE TO JAEN AIRPORT. TRANSFER TO CHACHAPOYAS CITY

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.

DAY 02 – GOCTA WATERFALL

Lunch

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

DAY 03 – KUELAP

Lunch

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.

DAY 04 – TOMBS OF REVASH AND LEYMEBAMBA

Lunch

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

DAY 05 – LEYMEBAMBA TO CAJAMARCA

Lunch

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.

DAY 06 – CAJAMARCA TOUR AND ON TO YOUR NEXT DESTINATION

Lunch

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 impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, the challenging Inca Trail, the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas

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