The enigmatic Chachapoyas

4 day/3 night

A community of warriors fiercely opposed to the Inca´s domination, the Chachapoyas has left us the amazing Kuelap and other impressive pre-Inca sites, funerary buildings and mummies also hidden in the cloud forest. This remote territory still off the beaten path is shrouded in mystery and gifted by a dramatic scene.

Overwiew

  • DAY 1 Arrival to Jaen. Transfer to Cocachimba or Chachapoyas
  • Day 2 Excursion to Revash funerary buildings and Leymebamba with the Mallqui Centre Museum
  • Day 3 Visit the major pre-Inca site of Kuelap
  • Day 4 Departure or extension to visit Quiocta Cave and Karajia Sarcophagi, or hike to Gocta Falls

Included

  • Round trip arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation in Cocachimba or Chachapoyas
  • Buffet breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • Entrances
  • Professional guides

Not inlcuded

  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar, laundry, medical expenses, etc.
  • Air tickets

Day 1 Jaén – Cocachimba or Chachapoyas

Upon on arrival to Jaen airport, transfer to your hotel in Chachapoyas or Cocachimba. (3.5 to 4.5 hours)

Day 2 Revash – Leymebamba

Following the Utcubamba Valley you will arrive Revash. Admire its funerary buildings featured in cottage-sized structures covered with still bright oxide mineral paintwork. The walls of Revash are decorated with geometrical symbols and images of camelids and some tombs are T-shaped which perhaps once told the rank of its occupants. Afterwards, proceed to Leymebamba and visit the Mallqui Centre Museum which displays 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered from Laguna de Los Condores (Condors Lake). Lunch included.

Day 3 Kuelap

Spend the day visiting Kuelap, an impressive pre-Inca major archaeological site built by the Chachapoyas on a mountainside (3,000m/9,842ft). It is a massive stone structure with hundreds of circular houses whose walls soar to a height of 19m/62ft. Because of its few entrance ways, narrow and tapering, it was ideal for defense and it is considered a fortress. Evidence also suggests that it may have been mainly a ceremonial and religious site. Explore the constructions of this amazing place with its recent important archaeological findings. After lunch, return to your hotel.

Day 4 Departure or additional days

Morning transfer to the airport to board your departure flight.

Optional:

Extend your trip one or two days and choose between the following visits:

Quiocta and Karajía

Morning drive to Cruzpata town and then hike to see the Karajia Sarcopaghi, 1000 year old tombs embedded at the top of a cliff. In this unique burial site from the Chachapoyas, each sarcophagus, made of a mixing of clay, straw and pebble and decorated with geometric shapes, measures almost 2 meters high. After lunch, head to the Quiocta Cave in the town of Lamud, very interesting both from an archaeological (the Chachapoyas used caves for burial sites) and geological point of view due to its location. This cave contains an impressive natural phenomena: mineral stalagmites several meters high, stalactites, flowstone, columns and grouts covering an estimated distance of 500m.

Gocta Falls

Gocta falls are the world’s third largest after Angel Falls in Venezuela and Tugela Falls in South Africa. To reach the falls, you will have to walk 5 km (3mi) on a trail surrounded by vast stretches of unmarked cloud forest. The trail shows you thick vegetation leading you to these falls which have been known by the locals for centuries until their discovery for the outside world a few years ago. Set in a lovely location, the hike is rewarded with this wonder of nature. Lunch included.