When the Pre-Columbian Chachapoyas culture was conquered by the Incas during the 15th century, it left a landscape strewn with half-forgotten villages and burial sites that until recently were largely ignored by archaeologists. The undisputed and most impressive center of this ancient culture is the mighty fortress of Kuelap, perched majestically atop mountain-top cliffs overlooking the verdant Andean cloud forests landscape around the town of Chachapoyas in Peru's northern Amazonas Department.
But remnants of the past can be found everywhere in the Chachapoyas. This little known region has remained largely untouched by tourists and the infrastructure is still quite basic. Yet, it is irresistable for adventurers who seek an off-the beaten-path experience. While the traces of ancient cultures are shrouded in mystery, today's inhabitants extend a friendly welcome. This fixed departure program allow travelers to explore Chachapoyas and Cajamarca, site of the first contact between the Spanish conquistadors and the Inca civilization. These programs are new and are specially designed for those who have a special interest in archaeology, or those with a taste for adventure.
The area is still new to tourism, but we have taken every care to provide as comfortable a stay as possible, with air-conditioned vehicles and expert guides.
Fixed departure Itinerary - Soft Adventure Starting from Chiclayo - 5 days / 4 nights
In the morning you will depart from Chiclayo by private car, van or minibus with air conditioning. You will cross 4 different Peruvian departments: Lambayeque, south Piura, the North of Cajamarca and end in Amazonas, starting on the coast and arriving in the late afternoon in the cloud forest of Chachapoyas. Box lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo. (L/D)
After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion by horse to visit the colorful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. They overlook a valley and tributary of the Utcubamba, near the town of Santo Tomas. The Cliff walls at Revash are decorated with geometric designs and figures of camelids. Some of the tombs are decorated with T and cross-shaped niches. Box Lunch. Then you will continue to town of Leymebamba to visit an amazing collection of well-preserved pre-inca mummies discovered in the Laguna de los Condores. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo(B/L/D)
After breakfast you will visit Kuelap, a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop a precipitous mountain. Although Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not as well-known to the outside world. Nevertheless recent amazing discoveries in nearby areas that relate to Kuelap and to its history have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies. Box Lunch. Following your visit to Kuelap, you will return to Chillo for the night. Dinner and overnight at Hostal El Chillo or local hotel in Chachapoyas city. (B/L/D)
Early morning trek to visit Gocta considered as the world's third-tallest waterfall. This remote wonder and the diverse forest and wildlife will amaze you. There is the chance to admire the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, the Peru national bird. At late afternoon, return to Chachapoyas hotel for overnight. Dinner (B/L/D)
Note: If you are more interested in archaeology you can change the Gocta trek for a half day tour to Karajia.
After an early breakfast you will return to Chiclayo by road. Box Lunch included. Late afternoon arrival and transfer to selected hotel.
Fixed departures operates from May to October - please enquire
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