Chachapoyas Travel Guide

  • Cuispes waterfalls
    Cuispes waterfalls
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  • Cuispes waterfalls
    Cuispes waterfalls
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    Volunteers with village teams making an...
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Chachapoyas Things to Do

  • Northern Peru, Chachapoyas

    I have been traveling in the last month across the north of Peru and I would like to recommend so much a travel experience I`ve had in this area.I had heard a lot of Amazonas, Chachapoyas, Kuelap as a different nature and ancient cultures journey and really ,that was the best experience of my visit to Peru.Casually, some travelers recommend me to...

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  • Cuispes and Yumbilla waterfalls

    Yumbilla waterfall is 895.4 meters (2,937 feet) high and thus higher than Gocta waterfall, which is 771 meters (2,529 feet) high located in Cuispes, very near from Chachapoyas.I’ve visited Yumbilla waterfalls six months ago and still I can feel the excitement of exploration which I’d experienced during my trip to the 5th tallest waterfalls in the...

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  • LEMEYBAMBA: MUSEUM AT SAN MIGUEL

    This museum holds the treasures found from the burial chullpas at Laguna de los Condores.Note that there are over 200 mummies and a huge quantity of ceramics, textiles, wooden artefacts, and everyday objects found in this site which is near a beautiful lake in the jungle of this region.What is interesting about the mummies is that many are wrapped...

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  • Gocta falls now opening

    Gocta Falls, the third highest in the world, are now opening for Tourism. The falls were kept secret by the locals of this area because they feared an ancient curse if they revealed it's location. The falls are supposed to be protected by a white haired mermaid like spirit whos hair can be seen flowing down the massive U shaped walls at the bottom...

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  • Gocta

    Wow. just to be at a place so unseen and so spectacular was a highlight...to save time, we just took the trip through our hotel, think it was a bit overpriced, but it was the going rate, and we didn't want to spend 2 days hping to catch a taxi back...The guide was sweet, they take turns from the 'town' so everyone gets to make a little money, and...

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  • OTHER RUINS

    If you consult with the Tourist Information, there are actually countless other ruins and interesting sites, like Levanto, Laguna de los Condores, etc.... The problem is that they are all located spread out from Chachapoyas, about 2-3 hours away by car, and along terrible terrible terrible (and often, very dangerous) road conditions.This means that...

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  • KARAJIA

    Karajia funerary site must be one of the most remarkable tombs you will ever come across... with the wooden-clay coffins still in their original location, set into an impressive cliff face! Mummies wrapped in cloth were placed inside. The coffins were constructed of stone, wooden poles and slapped with clay. Interestingly, the statues are shaped...

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  • KUELAP

    Kuelap is a prime example of Chachapoyan architecture. The Chachapoyas, also called the Warriors of the Clouds, were a group of Andean people living in the cloud forests of the Amazonas region.The Kuelap fortress is located at the summit of a hill at the altitude of more than 3,000m above sea level. It is made up of massive stone walls that curved...

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  • Leymabamba

    The entrance to Chachapoyas and your departure point to Laguna de los Condores. Unfortunately because of time I couldnt visit it (requires 3 days there and back) but ill pdate you on it when i do it.

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  • Gocta

    The waterfalls at Pedro Ruiz. The Gocta is thought to get its name from "gota", water drop, but nobody really knows the origen. The Gocta is the third tallest waterfall in the world, 770 something meters above sea level, and with its two tier fall allows you to see the entire waterfall from the very bottom, take a bath in the second tier, or see it...

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  • Kuelap

    Being here will make you understand why the took the name of Chachapoyas, cloud people.Not really a fortress but a city, Kuelap is thought to have nested around 4000 people in its more than 400 individual constructions. Chachapoyas was not a culture per say but more a fusion of different tribes fighting against a single enemy, the Incas, and it is...

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  • Karajia

    A few hours by car out of Chachapoyas are the Karajia sarcophogii perched on a mountainside. There is a small museum in the town next to the site that was unfortunately closed when we visited. However, my tour guide went to the trouble of emailing me photos and descriptions of the displays inside the museum after I got home from my trip! The drive...

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  • Kuelap

    One of the best day trips from Chachapoyas (in my humble opinion of course) is to visit Kuelap. This is a pre-incan fortress up on top of a mountain (kind of like that southern neighbour, Machu Picchu) only without the massive tourist infrastructure. If you've made it as far as Chachapoyas, you're also capable of making it to Kuelap, just arrange...

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  • Huascan

    Quite nice scenery ... just 10 km north of Chachapoyas. A 4 hour walk in total - or you can take a taxi from Chachapoyas.

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  • Karajia

    Hiking to Karajia Sarcophagus. Funeral statues built by the Chachapoyans to honor the mighty warriors.

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Chachapoyas Hotels

  • La Posada de Cuispes

    Pedro Ruiz Gallo km 6 (Plaza de Armas de Cuispes), 01140

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Chachapoyas Restaurants

  • Excellent Beefs

    "Tushpa" means the place where food is made on 4 stones. Nowadays the food is made there in more modern ways, but the taste is the same, I suppose. The beefs are offered to the tables in a small grill, too. Excellent grill food, my favorite is portion made from the dry meat, "adebo de cerdo".

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  • TACACHO CON CECINA

    Cecina is probably the most traditional food in the Amazon area and as such could not be bypassed in Chachapoyas. Go to the mercado and watch them prepare it. Im peruvian, and I was surprised by the variety found here: Paiche, vaca, chancho, pretty much everything you can imagine, except vegetarian, sorry. Oh! dont forget the juanes also, which in...

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Chachapoyas Transportation

  • For the route of the chachapoya

    The travel agency and tourism " Quintes Tours " offers tourist packages to Kuelap, Gocta, Leymebamba, Great Vilaya, etc. This company is led by professionals who strain every day for the satisfaction of your clients.

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  • Great Route

    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....

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  • Another way into Peru: Vilcabamba to...

    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...

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Chachapoyas Warnings and Dangers

  • VOMIT BAGS

    Heading out of Chachapoyas, it was more than 5 hours of the *by now* usual horrendously bumpy roads. I was jiggling all over. When we finally reached asphalt, the bus driver actually stopped the bus for a break.Yes, for me, it was "Thank god for asphalt!! Let me kiss the damn road!".Yet, it was at this point that the little bus-stewardess started...

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  • BUMPY ROADS

    As you take the bus from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, about half of the bus journey is on asphalt road, but the other half is windy mountainous and very bumpy potholed road. I guarantee you will not sleep a wink for at least 5 hours.To get around the various sights, as explained, you most likely need to hire a taxi and the drive to each sight is about...

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  • Careful with the Kick-boxing Llamas :)

    I'm being serious folks :). I was petting, chatting so to speak, with a lovely white llama outside the fortress of Kuelap, when out of the blue a friend called me. So, I gave my back to the llama and out from behind it gave me a hard kick off my butt. Lucky for me I had my backpack on so rather than fealing the kick, it felt more like an abrupt...

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Chachapoyas Off The Beaten Path

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    by darthmilmo Written Oct 11, 2002

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    Kuelap is a spectacular pre-Inca walled city near the town of Chachapoyas (Pre-Inca is the term used over here to denote any civilization that lived before the Incas). What is impressive about this site is that it was build high on top a mountain so the cliffs were covered into a might wall system. The city is carefully constructed on top the fortress wall. The city had 3 entrances, of which only one was real, the others where fakes to trick the enemy. The people here made their houses with stones in a circular form and with hay roofs. It is really an interesting site with an excellent view of the area.

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