In the morning, we leave with a private vehicle in the direction of the village of Tingo where we will take the cable car to Kuelap fortress, famous archaeological site of chachapoya to 600 m long and 20 m high walls. It is the best-known in the region but also the largest Prehispanic one. The archaeological site consists of several sectors as the Malca, the fortress and the Barreta, which stands out particularly the fortress we will visit. The fortress of Kuelap, built around 500 B.C., is located at 3000 m altitude on a plateau dominating by the Valley of the Utcubamba. It comes in the form of two large medians lying, bunk, and surrounded each of a wall on the East and South sides. It covers an extension of 6 ha. The archaeological complex houses about 500 structures which allows to propose that, at its peak, the site housed about 3000-3500 inhabitants. A unique atmosphere in the streets of this citadel still enveloped by tropical vegetation. Travel from Chachapoyas to Tingo: 2 hours (round trip).
Cable car: 40 min (round trip).
Visit time: 2 h 30.
Departure by private car to the village of Cocachimba where will begin our hike to get to Gocta waterfalls, the third highest waterfall in the world with 770 m of height. This walk will make us cross a landscape forest of altitude with a wide variety of fauna and flora (birds, orchids, giant ferns,…). We will take the time to admire the impressive show offers by this waterfall before returning to Chachapoyas.
Travel time: 2 hours (round trip).
Walking time: 4 hours (round trip) o 10 km.
Difference in level: + 600 m.
Dificulty: middle, for trained people.
From Chachapoyas, we will drive to the village of Cruzpata, community with landscapes dominated by shrubs, eucalyptus trees and alders. By 30 min walk, are sarcophagies of Karajia that we will visit. It’s anthropomorphic graves perched on the cliff, each one contain a mummy.
Travel time: 3 hours (round trip).
Running time: 1 hour (round trip).
Visit time: 40 min. approximately.
The cave of Quiocta is 550 m long and was used as a cemetery by the pre-Hispanic populations. In addition to the funerary remains, our visit will be through significant underground landscapes composed of stalagmites and stalactites.
Progress presents no speciales difficulties but must be done in boots (possibility to rent them in the village of Lamud) due to the large amount of mud inside the cave.
Travel time from Chachapoyas: around 3 hours (round trip).
Running time: 10 min.
Time of visit: 1 h 30.
The Museum of Leymebamba is home to more than 2,000 archaeological artefacts including the 220 mummies discovered in the mausoleums of the Condors lagoon. The Museum is also characterized by the presence of an orchids nursery and endemic plants.
This museum is unique in its kind, because it presents a real archaeological treasure. Not have to be pass over by the curious and lovers of pre-Hispanic archaeology.
Travel time from Chachapoyas: 4 hours (round trip).
Time of visit: about 1:30.
From Chachapoyas, we will go to the village of San Bartolo, where our walk will begin to reach the Revash site. This funeral chachapoyas complex is made of mausoleums (chullpas) of 1, 2 and 3 steps decorated by many red ochre paintings. An almost mystical atmosphere get out of this little “dead village”.
Chachapoyas-San Bartolo travel time: about 2:30.
Running time: 1 hour (round trip).
Visit time: about 40 minutes.