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The city of Chachapoyas is located in the Northern Andes in the Department of Amazonas. Its name is based onClaudia in the fortress Kuelap the Chachpoya people, which refused to be conquered by the Incas. The main archeological treasure of this culture is the spectacular fortress of Kuelap. They had a unique architecture style with rounded constructions Entrance of the fortress Kuelap using plane stones and carved decorations on the walls of the buildings. This fortress was protected by huge walls with difficult entrances that made an enemy invasion almost impossible. 

The Chachapoya people had a characteristic way to mummify their dead. They put them inside of sarcophagies and placed them on the heights of vertical inaccessable cliffs (e.g. «Revash» and «Karajía»).Bridge about the Utcubamba river There are many mummies to observe in a special acclimated room in the Museum of Leimebamba. These mummies were found on the cliff beside the Lake of los Cóndores near the town of Leimebamba. 

But there is a lot more to research about this misterious people. It is known that there is another city of the Chachapoya still hidden under the vast vegetation of the forest, the Gran Pajaten. One more example of this powerful culture that left a lot of open questions for the researchers. 

Let's organize your trip to the Chachapoya territory:

Fortress Kuelap, Chachapoyas


Chachapoyas Adventures

4 days / 3 nights

From Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, Sarcophagi of Karajía, Chocctamal, the Fortress of Kuelap und back to Chiclayo.

Fortress Kuelap, Chachapoyas


Highlights of the Chachapoyan Culture

5 days / 4 nights

From Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, Sonche Canon, inca village Huancas, Levanto, Yalape, Chocctamal, the Fortress of Kuelap und back to Chiclayo.

Gran Vilaya


Big adventure in the Gran Vilaya: Trekking on the Inca Trail to Karajía, the Marañón Valley and Kuelap

different programs to choose

The Inca Trail that goes through the Gran Vilaya is the same that reaches the famous Inka Trail to Machu Picchu. It was build by the Incas in order to conquer the Northern territories of the Chachapoya. The trail has a lot of attractions such as many hidden ruins on the sides of the trail, beautiful landscapes, intact surrounding nature, the trail is preserved in excelent conditions, the temperature is very suitable as it is located in the cloud forest and for some tourists it is very important that they hardly find other trekkers on their way.

Lake of Los Cóndores


Expedition to the Lake of Los Cóndores

8 days / 7 nights

At least 220 mummies were found beside this lake on an inaccessible cliff. This is a rigorous trekking tour that follows an Inca Trail to the beautiful and clear Lake of Los Cóndores located between the mountains.

Karajía, Chachapoyas


Archaeological Tour to Northern Peru

5 days / 4 nights

Cajamarca, Celendin, Leymebamba and the Mallqui Museum, Choctamal, the fortress of Kuelap, Chachapoyas, Karajia, Chiclayo.

Fortress Kuelap, Chachapoyas


Gocta, Kuelap and Chachapoyas with Gocta Andes Lodge

5 days

Tarapoto, river Alto Mayo, waterfall Gocta, citadel Kuelap, city Chachapoyas, Luya, Karajía, Leymebamba, Revash, Yerbabuena, hummingbird «Cola de espátula».

Revash, Chachapoyas


Discovering Chachapoyas

5 days / 4 nights

The tour begins in the coast in the city of Chiclayo. The way follows the Utcubamba valley, reaching the cloud forest. Visit of the Mallqui Museum in Leimebamba, the graves of Revash, the fortress of Kuelap, the towers of Macro and the sarcophagi of Karajía.

Fortress Kuelap, Chachapoyas


Exploring the Chachapoya Territory

7 days / 6 nights

The tour begins in the coastal city of Chiclayo and goes the way down through the Utcubamba valley to the cloud forest. Visit of the fortress of Kuelap, the graves of Revash and the Mallqui Museum of Leimebamba. Throgh the Marañón Canyon to Celendín and then to Cajamarca, enjoying the landscapes of the highlands. Visit of the «Ventanillas de Otuzco».

Gocta fall


Waterfall Gocta and Kuelap

5 days / 4 nights

From Tarapoto through the valley of the river Mayo to Moyobamba and Pomacochas. Hiking to the waterfall Gocta, one of the biggist in the world. Chachapoyas and the fortress Kuelap.

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