Chachapoyas, located in northern Peru, has an infinite number of archaeological sites, breathtaking natural landscapes and ancient traditions. Chachapoyas is located at 2480 m above sea level and has been rebuilt several times over time. The last time dates back to 1545 by the Spaniards, whose cultural heritage is still visible today thanks to the still intact casone.
The Chachapoyas culture is a true paradise for archeology lovers. Also filmed in cinematographic works such as "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark", or in literary works such as "The Gold of the Incas" by Clive Cussler.
What to visit
Chachapoyas represents an ideal destination for people who want to travel to places not yet beaten by mass tourism: wonderful panoramas, suggestive waterfalls, immense biodiversity and numerous archaeological sites. The most important attractions to visit are Kuélap, the Museum of Leymebamba mummies, the mausoleums of Revash, the sarcophagi of Karajía, the Gocta waterfall and many other beauties.
Kuélap is a fortified citadel located on top of a mountain and therefore reachable only by funicular. A true pre-Inca gem in the northeastern Andes.
Inside the Leymebamba museum and the Chachapoyas Regional Culture Museum there are more than 200 mummies found in the numerous mausoleums in the area. The mausoleums of Revash constitute an impressive necropolis embedded in the walls of the mountains of the Chachapoyas civilization.
The Gocta waterfall is one of the highest in the world. With a height of 771 meters, it is located in a breathtaking and lush natural landscape, typical of the high Peruvian forest where cocoa and coca plants grow.
Karajía is a funeral site characterized by unique sarcophagi of their kind, positioned on a vertical rocky wall 24 meters high. Made of clay and other materials, they are for the last heads of the Chachapoyas culture before the Inca conquest. Thanks to their position they have never been looted.
The various local festivals make Chachapoyas a lively city. Some of the most important are the Tourism Week, which takes place in June, the Levanto Dance and the Fiesta Patronal de la Virgen Asunta during the first two weeks of August.
Authentic travel experiences in contact with local people