CHACHAPOYAS CULTURE

The city of Chachapoyas is located in northern Peru, at an altitude of 2235 meters (7657 feet). The city has a population of approximately 20,279 inhabitants. Chachapoyas is a small town that is at in isolation from other regions of Peru. The only means of transportation is by land.
The city of Chachapoyas, the capital of the Amazonas Region. It was founded on September 5, 1538 by the Spanish conqueror Alonso de Alvarado. Local agriculture includes sugar cane, orchid and coffee growing.
Chachapoyas was chosen by the prestigious magazine "National Geographic Traveler" as one of the winning destinations of the seventh annual award "50 Tours of a Lifetime".

Suggest tours in Chachapoyas

Tours to Kuelap fortress
The fortress of Kuelap or Cuélap (Chachapoyas, Amazonas, Perú), associated with the Chachapoyas culture , consists of massive exterior stone walls containing more than four hundred buildings. The structure, situated on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in northern Peru , is roughly 600 meters in length and 110 meters in width. It could have been built to defend against the Huari or other hostile peoples. However, evidence of these hostile groups at the site is minimal. Radiocarbon dating samples show that construction of the structures started in the 6th century AD and occupied until the Early Colonial period (1532-1570). However, through the pre-Columbian, conquest and colonial periods we have only four brief references to Kuelap.
The fortress of Kuelap has a special place, its extensive ruins that rivals Machu Picchu in terms of scale and mystery.
Kuelap offers the opportunity to understand the legacy of an extinct civilization that contributed much to the region before his disappearance. The conservation of the fortress complex will allow a greater understanding of the rituals and practices of a people living in houses on the slopes at high altitude. 

Tours to Karajia’s Sarcophagi
Located in Amazonas, the sarcophagi were found in Karajia on the edge of a Hill, facing the abyss.
They were created by the ancient Chachapoyas, which left traces of its past in the most unexpected places.
The clay coffins are right on the edge of a hill, facing east, like most acient Andean sculptures. The locals call "purunmachos" Coffin Carajia were discovered in 1984 by archaeologist Federico Kauffmann. They belong to the Chachapoyas culture, also called "The Warriors of the Clouds". Some people believe that among the Chachapoyas were skinned people also blond. Part of the site was destroyed by an earthquake in 1928. Originally they were more.

Tours to Gocta Waterfalls.
Gocta is the third highest waterfall in the world and is surrounded by high tropical cloud forest, there are good chances to run into monkeys and the Peruvian bird cock of the rock. Now strangely it is Gocta which has caught the imagination of travellers and we are seeing an increase in tourism due to Gocta and not Kuelap - which is unique in every possible way.

Tour description

AVAILABILITY: Every day.
TOUR DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights.
DEPARTURE: The whole year.
GROUPS: 2 paxs at least and 12 paxs maximum (customized service).

ITINERARY:

Day 1.- Reception at the airport of the Chiclayo city.
Below is a brief explanation for an activity in the city of Chiclayo if have available time.
At night 19:30hrs transfer to bus station.
The bus trip have a duration of 10 to 11 hours, arriving to Chachapoyas at 05 or 06hrs am.  Transfer to Hotel.
Day 2.- Tour to Kuelap Fortress
Accommodation in the hotel.
08:00 hrs breakfast 
09:00 hrs pickup and a short trip in a private car, the Fortress of Kuelap.
Guided tour in the afternoon return to Chachapoyas. Hotel
Day 3.- Tour to karajia’s Sarcophagi (Sacred Tombs of Chachapoyas )
07:00hrs breakfast
08.00hrs Pick up and transfer to Cruzpata Village, from here we will walk to Karajia.
Guided tour, in the afternoon visit the cave of Quiocta, where we observe thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Chachapoyas. Hotel
Day 4.- Tour to Waterfall of Gocta (The third highest in the world)
07:00hrs breakfast
Trip to Cocachimba small town at the end of the road, where we start a 3 hours hike to the Gocta Waterfall. Afternoon return to Chachapoyas. 
At 19:30hrs transfer to bus station and back  to Chiclayo.
Day 5.- Pick up in bus station and transfer to Airport. 
Ask for an additional days in Chiclayo. 

INCLUDES
  • All transfers In-Out
  • Two nights accommodation in hotel (Chachapoyas)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Comfortable bed bus transportation from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas (ask for private transportation)
  • All entrance fees to all visit places
How to get to Chachapoyas and Kuelap Fortress.
We recommend the trip to Chachapoyas airway.
There are daily flights from Lima to Chiclayo 06:45 hrs, 12:00 hrs, 16:40 hrs, 20:10 hrs, 21:55 hrs.
Air time: 1.30hrs
Chiclayo to Chachapoyas is only by land.
There are buses with daily departures from various categories. We recommend a bed bus
Travel time 10 to 11hrs.
The route is Highway 435 km

USEFUL INFORMATION
Consider wear comfortable clothes, insect repellent, sunscreen, a backpack, a cover for rain as the weather varies greatly depending on the time of year for hiking boots and sunglasses.







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