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!

Highlights

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

 Places to stay

Swimming pool at Gocta Lodge in Chachapoyas, Peru

Gocta Lodge

Hotel 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.  See Hotel

 Things to do

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).

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