THE CHACHAPOYAS – WARRIORS OF THE CLOUDS

The humid cloud forest of the eastern Andean slopes 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.  This seven-day tour to the lost Kingdom of the Chachapoya, 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.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature

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

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy to Moderate

DURATION
  • 7 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 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 LIMA

After clearing customs, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel to check in for the evening.

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DAY 02 – FLIGHT LIMA-CHICLAYO

Breakfast & lunch

Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Chiclayo.

Meet up our representatives and transfer to the hotel. You are met at your hotel and drive via Lambayeque to Tucume to see the city of adobe pyramids.  Tucume was built by the Lambayeque/Sican (800-1350 AD) and added to by the Chimú (1350–1450 AD) and Inca (1450–1532 AD).

There is also an excellent small on site museum to visit. Later we travel to Lambayeque and after lunch we visit the fabulous Royal Tombs Museum to see the collection of Moche (0-700AD) artefacts found at Sipan.  Return to Chiclayo and your hotel for the night.

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DAY 03 – CHICLAYO – COCACHIMBA

Breakfast & lunch

We drive along the old Panamerican Highway to Olmos, where we start heading east and the road climbs in to the Andes.  We cross the Continental Divide at Abra Porcuya (2137m, 7009ft.) and drive down a twisting well made road through a dry valley.  Crossing the Marañon River, a major tributary of the Amazon, we enter the department of Amazonas.

Carrying on from the city of Bagua, we will see rice fields and then enter the Utcubamba Canyon for a final magnificent drive up to Cocachimba where we spend the night.

Overnight at Gocta Andes Lodge

DAY 04 – GOCTA WATERFALL

Breakfast & lunch

We start our trek to the waterfall of Gocta from the hotel door.  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.  The trek 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. Later return to the village and our private transport will take you to your Hotel in Chachapoyas for the night.

Overnight at Xalca hotel.

DAY 05 - KUELAP

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving our lodge we drive 2.5 hours to the largest ancient stone structure in South America – Kuelap.  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 we return to our private transport and drive back to the main valley and we stay the night in La Casa de Doña Lola a countryside hotel.

DAY 06 – TOMBS OF REVASH AND LEYMEBAMBA MUSEUM

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We drive to Yerbabuena (1 hour) and we 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 AD.

We 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 at La Casona de Leymebamba or Kentitambo (hummingbird lodge)

Horses can be organized for the hike to Revash.

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DAY 07 – LEYMEBAMBA TO CAJAMARCA

Breakfast & 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 we arrive in Cajamarca.

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

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DAY 08 – CAJAMARCA TOUR AND ON TO YOUR NEXT DESTINATION

Breakfast & lunch

Today we make a half day of Cajamarca. First we travel to the southwest and visit the pre-Inca aqueduct site of Cumbe Mayo.  The aqueduct is set in a beautiful location of rock formations and itself is carved through rock in places, taking water from the Pacific watershed to the Atlantic side.  Returning to Cajamarca we will see the Santa Apolonia which affords a great lookout of the city, the Belen Complex and the Rescue Room, where Atahualpa was held and ransomed after being captured by the conquistadors in 1532.

After lunch the tour ends in time for the afternoon flight to Lima.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

You can continue this amazing journey completing the cultural experience with the visit of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu.

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