For the route of the chachapoya
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- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Museum Visits
The route Cajamarca-Celendin-Chachapoyas is one of the many beautiful routes through Peru. Starting in Cajamarca, some 2700 mts above sea level in the andes, youll go through mountain ranges all the way down to about just 300 meters above sea level! There you will be crossing the Rio Marañon, one of the main affluents to the Amazonas River. Literally a furnace down here, as the wind is deflected by the mountains and these same mountains serve as mirrors to reflect the suns ray into the riverbed. You will ascend then through one more mountain range and start the descend then to the beautiful rain forest, now everywhere you look is green. Amazing. Be prepared though, as there is only one (in 2007) company doing this route, as it is easier and faster to take the highway Chiclayo-Chachapoyas. Old buses and difficult roads make for some dangerous ride but well worth it. I myself got stranded here for quite a few hours as they fixed the vehicle, but great views and nice people made the time fly by.....
- Budget Travel
Another way into Peru: Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas
If you time it correctly, you can go from Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas in as little as two days of NON-CONTINOUS travel. I assume you can take the same route either direction. For purpose of this tip, I will give you the information from the direction I traveled: Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas. Now, it's been a while so excuse the lack of town names in areas of Peru. Basically, you start by taking the bus out of Vilcabamba to Zumba. You'll probably arrive late in the afternoon in Zumba so you'll have to spend the night and catch the first bus to the border at "La Balsa." From there, you can catch a "collectivo" (shared taxi or if you're lucky a small mini-van bus) to the next town, which is San Ignacio I believe. From there it gets tricky. Your best bet to reach Chachapoyas will be a series of one-hour collectivos through several towns in the region. Just ask the locals for help and they will guide you the rest of the way. I managed to do this in 2 days, but I believe it can be done faster now... see, back in 2001, there were no bridges connecting the two border posts. I had to take a balsa boat to cross the river :). By the time you reach the border they may have finished building the bridge crossing the river. Hence, there may be a direct bus rather then taking all the collectivos.
Getting there and around
There are several buses and collectivos that ply the dirt road to Chachapoyas. The transportation in this kneck woods of Peru is dirt cheap at under $1 USD per hour traveled. Buses to Chiclayo take about 8 hours and usually ran at night.
For those visiting Kuelap, you can hire a taxi that can take you to the ruins (3 hours away). It's a fun day trip near Chachapoyas. The cost is a bit high for the taxi, but worth it. Haggling is the game if you're taking the taxi.