5 Days / 4 Nights
For a long time, the charming northern Peruvian city of Chachapoyas remained relatively isolated from the rest of the country. That has changed in recent years, with the development of regular scheduled flights to Jaén to the northwest, and to Chachapoyas itself. And that’s great news for tourists, because Chachapoyas and the surrounding region are absolutely brimming with manmade and natural attractions.
Our five-day tour will take you to some of the most amazing attractions around Chachapoyas and the Amazonas Region. These include the cliff-face sarcophagi at Karajia, the vast and imposing Kuelap Fortress, the tombs of Revash, and Leymebamba Museum with its hauntingly well-preserved mummies.
We’ll meet you as you arrive at the airport in Jaén*, where we’ll stop for lunch before heading to Chachapoyas by private transport, which takes about four hours. During this beautiful journey we will descend into the Marañon River Valley (the Marañon is a major tributary of the Amazon River) before climbing upwards towards Chachapoyas through the stunning Utcubamba Canyon. As we drive through the canyon and on to Chachapoyas, you’ll see numerous...
After breakfast we’ll drive to the nearby village of Huancas, which is famous for its pottery made by the local women. Close by is the breathtaking Sonche Canyon, which cuts down to a depth of 962 meters (3,156 feet). The viewpoint at the rim of the canyon offers spectacular panoramas along the vast canyon.
Next we return to Chachapoyas where we will visit the daily market, a lively and colorful place where vendors sell produce from across the region. We’ll then bo...
Day 2 begins with a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive through the hills to a small village called Yerbabuena. From here, we walk for two hours uphill to the enchanting site of Revash, a cliff-side funerary complex (alternatively, we can drive you a further 10 km to the village of San Bartolo, from where it’s an easier 30-minute walk to Revash).
Built by the Chachapoya culture around 1200 AD, Revash is different from other funerary sites in the region. Rather than sa...
In the morning we’ll drive to the village of Tingo where we’ll board the cable car for a fun ride across a canyon up to Kuelap Fortress. After a short walk, we’ll arrive at this hugely impressive archaeological site.
While not nearly as famous as Machu Picchu, Kuelap is arguably just as impressive – that’s why it’s often called “The Machu Picchu of Northern Peru.” The comparison is perhaps a little unfair, as the two sites ...
After an early breakfast, we will leave Chachapoyas and return to Jaén, from where you can fly back to Lima.