Day 1 Chachapoyas – Karajia - Choctamal
We will go to the 8-feet high funeral sarcophagus of Karajia located on a mountain cliff at about 2,600m (20 minutes downhill hike) and continue with the route of the condors where you can observe from the road more than 20 newly discovered sarcophagi. Afternoon transfer to Choctamal Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge (L, D)
Day 2 Choctamal – Kuelap – Leymebamba museum
After breakfast we will travel by car for 35 minutes from Choctamal MS Lodge to Kuelap. The fortress of Kuelap was re-discovery in 1843 by Juan Crisostomo Nieto, and is precariously perched on a mountain ridge (about 3000m) overlooking the Utcubamba Valley. Kuelap has over four hundred buildings inside 3 levels of walls, it is roughly 20 m hight, 600 meters in length and 110 meters in width and is known as the largest stone structure in the Americas. Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress. Inside there are remains of many small round houses, some of them with a zigzag or diamond pattern in their terraces. Archaeological evidence shows that the structure was started before 800 AD. Overnight in Leymebamba. (B, BL)
Day 3 Leymebamba museum – Revash – Cocachimba
Visit the museum of Leymebamba that houses the 219 mummies that were discovered in 1997 by a group of local farmers. These mummies were located 10 hours horseback on a cliff under a waterfall by the Lake of the Condors. Research is being conducted in this museum under the supervision of Dra. Sonia Guillen. After visiting the KentiKafe and observe a variety of hummingbirds we continue with our trip to Revash Mausoleums (two hours hike each way). Revash Mausoleums are small rectangular miniature houses located under the shelter of the rock. (also called Chullpas). Night in Gocta Lodge overlooking Gocta waterfall. (B, L).
Day 4 Gocta Waterfall
Three hours hike or horseback (one way) to Gocta waterfall. The measured height of 771 meters. As a result of an expedition lead by Stefan Ziemendorff and Telesforo Santillan (local guide) in March 2006, Gocta waterfall made the international news testifying the remoteness and unfolding discoveries of America’s newly accessible and most pristine ecological and archeological destination. During the hike you will be able to observe variety of hummingbirds, birds, flowers, maybe toucans, monkeys and other species from the region. Transfer to Chachapoyas. (B, L).
4 paxes or more USD p.p.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
All entrance fees
Meals where noted in the program
All transportation specified in the program
Transfer between cities (public bus)
Hotels specified in the program
Internal flights (we can provide upon request)