The key moments
This trip combines the archaeological and natural sites of the region of Amazonas in northern Peru, but most importantly, it allows you to understand the traditions and culture of the Chachapoyas people from the interior. You will sleep in guest rooms and in homestay and experience the reality of life in the mountains.
You will meet local artists, artisans and farmers to immerse yourself in their daily lives and participate in traditional activities. Of course, you will not miss the emblematic sites of the region.
The highlights of the circuit
- Charming hotels and homestays
- Sharing the daily life of Peruvians
- Discovery of emblematic sites of the Chachapoya civilization
- Traditional activities with local artists and artisans
If you are interested in a more classic trip to the region of Amazonas, we invite you to take a look at our Essentials of the region Amazonas tour which includes overnight stays in hotel rooms and more archaeological sites.
Day 1 Arrival in Jaen and transfer to Nogalcucho
Our driver will pick you up from the airport. He will have a sign with your name on it and wait for you at the exit. From Jaen it takes about five hours to drive to ACP Milpuj in the region of Amazonas. You will make several scenic stops during the trip and have time to eat your box lunch.
Arrived at Perico and Dona Lola’s, you will settle in your room before leaving for a tour of the property with Perico who explains to you the reforestation work he does as well as their quest for self-sufficiency.
Then return back home, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Visit of the Mummy museum in Leymebamba and vivencial activities
This morning you will leave with your driver and your private English-speaking guide for the village of Leymebamba (approximately 45 minutes).
You will start the visit of Leymebamba with a visit to the Mummies Museum where you will learn all about the history of the Chachapoya civilization, but also about the rescue of the mummies and relics found at the Laguna de los Condores and the construction of the Museum. Then you will join Eli’s family where you learn to make tamales. You will finally have the pleasure of tasting them with the family.
The afternoon you will spend with the artist Miguel Huaman, the sculptor who made the replicas that you saw at the Museum in the morning. He will show you his technique and you can paint a mini sarcophagus yourself that you will take with you as a souvenir.
Return to Casa de Dona Lola late afternoon.
Day 3 Explore the citadel of Kuelap
Today you will leave your hosts and set off for a 15-minute drive to the village of Tingo from where you will take the cable car to the Citadel of Kuelap, the Machu Picchu of the north in the Amazonas region.
Once you reach La Malca, you walk about 2 km to the Kuélap complex, built from AD 400 onwards. Visit of around 2 hours, explanation of the administrative, military and ceremonial nature of Kuélap, the peculiarities of the almost 500 round houses on a 6 ha site at an altitude of 3000 m. End of the visit and descent by cable car for lunch in the village of Tingo.
Then transfer to Cocachimba.
Day 4 Gocta waterfall hike
This morning, accompanied by your guide, you will leave for the six hour hike (round trip) to the Gocta waterfall. The path goes through the forest and with a bit of luck you may see a Gallito de las Rocas, the national bird of Peru.
Note: If you are not big hikers, you can request a horse for part of the way. On the other hand, the last two km (two km one way, but also return) must be done on foot.
Return to the hotel to enjoy the view and a little rest.
Day 5 Departure for Jaen
Depending on your flight schedule, you will either leave in the morning or in the afternoon for Jaen Airport.
Your driver will accompany you.
We provide our tour plans as an example for you to get inspired and an idea of how your travel in northern Peru could look like.
Once you have your trip in mind, we are happy to create with you your dream trip according to the length of your stay. We suggest you interesting sites to visit, nice places to stay, how to get there and if you should choose a guide to travel with you in order to discover a more confidential side of Peru.
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This program includes:
- Transfer to/from airports
- Entrances to archaeological sites and natural reserves
- Activities and excursions as indicated in the program
- Meals as indicated in the program
- Land transport according to the program, private (by car for 2 people, in Mini Van H1 for 3 or more people), by night bus, taxi / combi
This program does not include:
- International and national flights
- Airport taxes or visa fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Additional nights following flight cancellations
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Alcoholic beverages
- Laundry service
- Phone calls
- Re-confirmation of international flights
- Bank transfer fees