With its unique sub-tropical climate and mountain range scenery, Chachapoyas is a mysterious and remote region where a wealth of archaeological ruins and artifacts still have yet to be unearthed and understood. Its a destination for the truly adventurous; still so off-the-beaten path that a visit to the region will leave you feeling like Indiana Jones!

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Kuelap Ruins
  • Gocta Falls
  • Revash Horseback Riding
  • Leymebamba Museum

Places to Stay

Swimming pool at Gocta Lodge in Chachapoyas, Peru
Gocta Lodge

Style: Boutique

Boasting one of the most spectacular views in all Peru, Gocta lodge has been strategically built so that the stunning Gocta waterfalls can be enjoyed from every space on the property - be it the rooms, gardens, swimming pool or terrace.

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Activities in Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas (part 3/5) night in Chachapoyas

Drive to the town of Cruzpata to begin a short 30 minute walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Standing high on a cliff, inaccessible to all but birds, these haunting hollow figures stand 2 meters tall and were built in the shape of a pear to house the deer-skin wrapped mummies hidden inside. Constructed by mixing clay, straw and pebble, and laying this over a structure made of wood, these sarcophagi remain in remarkable condition considering they have been perched here on the mountainside for over 600 years. (07:00 – 17:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included).

Chachapoyas (part 2/5) night in Chachapoyas

Starting out early in the morning, drive to the village of Cocachimba where the hike begins. The 5km trail takes you through dense, colorful rainforest until you reach the spectacular sight of the awesome Gocta waterfalls. Standing 771 meters high, these are the third highest falls in the world. Take in the views and enjoy lunch in this natural paradise before hiking the 2.5 hour walk back. (Hike approx 6 hours, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)

Chiclayo (part 2/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Revash night in Chachapoyas

Begin this magical day by taking a spectacular drive through mountain scenery passing several villages and hidden ruins until you reach the magnum opus of the Chachapoya culture – Kuelap. Feel the wonder the archaeologists must have felt upon discovering this magnificent lost city built upon a mountain top as you wander through the site virtually alone. Dating back to the 6th century, and taking between 500 and 600 years to build, the citadel of Kuelap has now been overtaken by jungle but still remains remarkably intact and gives a very clear picture of the way in which the Chachapoya people once lived. (08:00 to 16:00, Lunch included in local restaurant, Private activity)

Chiclayo (part 2/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Karajia night in Chachapoyas

Drive to the town of Cruzpata to begin a short 30 minute walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Standing high on a cliff, inaccessible to all but birds, these haunting hollow figures stand 2 meters tall and were built in the shape of a pear to house the deer-skin wrapped mummies hidden inside. Constructed by mixing clay, straw and pebble, and laying this over a structure made of wood, these sarcophagi remain in remarkable condition considering they have been perched here on the mountainside for over 600 years. (07:00 – 17:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included).

Chachapoyas (part 1/5) night in Chachapoyas

With your private guide and driver, head out on this full day drive admiring the changing scenery. From the sandy desert dunes of the coast, you will find yourself climbing up through the Andes before descending back down through lush mountain greenery into the Amazonas region. (Approx 8 hours drive, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)

Chiclayo (part 1/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Revash night in Chachapoyas

With your private guide and driver, head out on this full day drive admiring the changing scenery. From the sandy desert dunes of the coast, you will find yourself climbing up through the Andes before descending back down through lush mountain greenery into the Amazonas region. (Approx 8 hours drive, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)

Chiclayo (part 1/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Karajia night in Chachapoyas

With your private guide and driver, head out on this full day drive admiring the changing scenery. From the sandy desert dunes of the coast, you will find yourself climbing up through the Andes before descending back down through lush mountain greenery into the Amazonas region. (Approx 8 hours drive, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)

Cajamarca (part 4/5) Chachapoyas 5D/4N night in Chachapoyas

Starting out early in the morning, drive to the village of Cocachimba where the hike begins. The 5km trail takes you through dense, colorful rainforest until you reach the spectacular sight of the awesome Gocta waterfalls. Standing 771meters high, these are the third highest falls in the world. Take in the views and enjoy lunch in this natural paradise before hiking the 2.5 hour walk back. (Hike approx 6 hours, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)

Cajamarca (part 3/5) Chachapoyas 5D/4N night in Chachapoyas

Drive to the town of Cruzpata to begin a short 30 minute walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Standing high on a cliff, inaccessible to all but birds, these haunting hollow figures stand 2 meters tall and were built in the shape of a pear to house the deer-skin wrapped mummies hidden inside. Constructed by mixing clay, straw and pebble, and laying this over a structure made of wood, these sarcophagi remain in remarkable condition considering they have been perched here on the mountainside for over 600 years. (07:00 – 17:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included).

Cajamarca (part 3/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Revash night in Chachapoyas

Begin this magical day by taking a spectacular drive through mountain scenery passing several villages and hidden ruins until you reach the magnum opus of the Chachapoya culture – Kuelap. Feel the wonder the archaeologists must have felt upon discovering this magnificent lost city built upon a mountain top as you wander through the site virtually alone. Dating back to the 6th century, and taking between 500 and 600 years to build, the citadel of Kuelap has now been overtaken by jungle but still remains remarkably intact and gives a very clear picture of the way in which the Chachapoya people once lived. (08:00 to 16:00, Lunch included in local restaurant, Private activity)

Cajamarca (part 3/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Karajia night in Chachapoyas

Drive to the town of Cruzpata to begin a short 30 minute walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Standing high on a cliff, inaccessible to all but birds, these haunting hollow figures stand 2 meters tall and were built in the shape of a pear to house the deer-skin wrapped mummies hidden inside. Constructed by mixing clay, straw and pebble, and laying this over a structure made of wood, these sarcophagi remain in remarkable condition considering they have been perched here on the mountainside for over 600 years. (07:00 – 17:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included).

Cajamarca (part 2/5) Chachapoyas 5D/4N night in Chachapoyas

Begin this magical day by taking a spectacular drive through mountain scenery passing several villages and hidden ruins until you reach the magnum opus of the Chachapoya culture – Kuelap. Feel the wonder the archaeologists must have felt upon discovering this magnificent lost city built upon a mountain top as you wander through the site virtually alone. Dating back to the 6th century, and taking between 500 and 600 years to build, the citadel of Kuelap has now been overtaken by jungle but still remains remarkably intact and gives a very clear picture of the way in which the Chachapoya people once lived. (08:00 to 16:00, Lunch included in local restaurant, Private activity)

Cajamarca (part 2/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Revash night in Chachapoyas

“Starting early in the morning, take an hour’s drive to Yerba Buena – the starting point of your day’s adventure. From here, head high up on horseback into the lush green mountains to the remote marvel of Revash – a funerary complex built into the sheer rock face of a steep sided canyon. Dating from around the 14th century these funeral mansions are built in a straight line along a narrow hall that was shaped by the cavity excavated in the rocky wall of the imposing canyon. They remain almost intact except for the mummies located inside, which were destroyed by looters and pillaged long ago. Afterwards, return to Leymebamba for lunch and a fascinating tour of Leymebamba museum, where over 200 mummies and their burial offerings were recovered from the Laguna de los Condores. Discover the different ways in which the Chacahapoya and Incans used to honor and preserve their relatives and marvel at just how intact these thousands of years old skeletons still are. (07:00 – 18:00, Private activity, Boxed lunch included)

Cajamarca (part 2/4) Chachapoyas 4D/3N w/ Karajia night in Chachapoyas

Begin this magical day by taking a spectacular drive through mountain scenery passing several villages and hidden ruins until you reach the magnum opus of the Chachapoya culture – Kuelap. Feel the wonder the archaeologists must have felt upon discovering this magnificent lost city built upon a mountain top as you wander through the site virtually alone. Dating back to the 6th century, and taking between 500 and 600 years to build, the citadel of Kuelap has now been overtaken by jungle but still remains remarkably intact and gives a very clear picture of the way in which the Chachapoya people once lived. (08:00 to 16:00, Lunch included in local restaurant, Private activity)

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