This fascinating tour begins on one of the city’s main streets, taking you towards Chachapoyas’ Main Plaza. From here, you will have the chance to appreciate the stunning colonial mansions with their traditional balconies. Then, continue on to the town of Huancas, where you can make your way to the Huancas lookout point and the Huanca Urco lookout point and marvel at the various perspectives of the Sonche Canyon. Lastly, you will make your way to a house of artisans, where you can enjoy a demonstration of the ceramic elaboration process.
The mysterious Karajia Sarcophagi are located in the Luya district, within the Amazon region. The Chachapoyas culture had a very peculiar way of burying their deceased, wrapping them in cloths and placing them inside 2.5-meter-high sarcophagi perched on the cliffsides. The sarcophagi are elaborate, capsule-like, mud sculptures made up of a head and bust. The heads are decorated with a trophy cranium, the faces are flat and wide, and the rest of the figure is decorated with geometric designs. They are located in rows on the limestone cliffsides, as if left to watch over the developing life below, from the summits of the afterlife.
The Quiocta Caverns are located below one of the mountains that forms part of the Andes Range. Characterized by the excessive humidity, Quiocta stretches 545 meters into the earth. It is one of mother earth’s more curious creations, with seven detected internal chambers of stalactites and stalagmites. The path into the caverns is only five meters wide, and despite the lack of light, the interior showcases a series of figures, which include: a cemetery, the pharaoh, the mummy, the Inca, the angel watching the birth, the lanzon, the chief looking at the princesses, the maundy, and the fountain of wishes.
The Revash mausoleums are a necropolis that belonged to the Chachapoyas culture. Located in the Santo Tomas district, Luya province, within the Amazon department, these mausoleums sit at 2800 meters high, and were used as collective tombs for the Chachapoyas elite. Perched on the cliffsides, their interesting location continues to baffle and intrigue visitors. Some of the structures have two levels and feature T-shaped, cross-shaped, or square windows. Part of the rocks are painted red with circles, llamas, and other magic symbols.
The Leymebamba Mummy Museum, inaugurated in June of 2000, houses over 200 mummies and their funerary offerings, which were recuperated from the Lagoon of the Condors in 1997 by an archeological project directed by the Mallqui Center. The majority of the archeological remains shown correspond to the Chachapoyas culture and the years the Incas dominated the region.
The textiles exhibited here – one of which is three meters long – are amongst the most impressive remains gathered, notably well preserved and showing superb technique. There are also a number of quipus from Inca times on display, as well as wooden boxes that were used by the Chachapoyas to transport the mummies. And beyond the museum, its surrounding gardens are a lush tropical paradise, with 50 orchid varieties, and many other endemic plants.
The impressive and challenging natural landscapes that surround the untamable citadels constructed by the Chachapoyas, aided in their resistance of the Inca powers and the Empire’s attempt at domination. It is here where the Amazonian warrior culture built their characteristically circular buildings and walled complexes, and here where one can encounter the Amazon’s main icon: the Kuelap Fortress.
Located 3,000 meters above sea level in the Amazonian Andes, the fortress extends over approximately 450 hectares. It is considered to be one of the major Peruvian archeological monuments, boasting 20-meter-high walls cut by funnel-shaped alleyways. Its location, construction, and history come together to make this fortified city one of the most mysterious and surprising sites in the country, if not the world.
Gocta, or “The Spout” as its locally known, is considered the third tallest waterfall in the world, falling from a striking 771 meters high. This breathtaking natural wonder is located close to the Cocachimba and San Pablo de Valera communities, in the Bongara province, within the department of the Amazon. This site is an ideal place for adventure lovers, offering one of a kind hiking and horseback riding trails, and wonderful bird watching opportunities.
Located in an extensive cloud forest, often covered in mist, Gocta shares the area with over 20 other, neighboring waterfalls. Upon reaching the waterfall and taking in its grandeur, visitors have the chance to hop into its refreshing waters for a swim, or just revel in the amazing surrounding landscape, which includes exotic flowers and a range of songbirds only found in the Peruvian Amazon.
This transport service takes you from the Airport in Jaen to the City of Chachapoyas – and vice versa – in only 4 hours.
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