The key moments
This trip combines the archaeological and natural sites of the region of Amazonas, 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 in local houses and get to know the reality of life in the mountains.
You 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 Amazonas region” tour which includes overnight stays in hotel rooms and more archaeological sites.
Day 1 Arrival in Jaen and transfer to Leymebamba
Our driver will be waiting for you at Jaen airport with a sign with your name on it.
You will then depart for the five hour 30 minute journey to Leymebamba in the region Amazonas. Along the way you will make scenic stops and have time to eat your box lunch.
Arrival at Sr. Jabier homestay where you will settle in your room.
You will then have time to explore Sr. Jabier’s property, see guinea pigs and other animals, and talk to him about using the adobe oven and other on-site activities.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Visit of the Mummies Museum and vivencial activity of your choice (painting a mini-sarcophagus or learning about weaving)
This morning you will leave accompanied by your English-speaking guide and Sr. Jabier on foot or by motorbike taxi to the Leymebamba Museum. Sr. Jabier is a guide in the region, he was part of the team that rescued the mummies of the place » Laguna de los Condores « . He will tell you about this adventure as well as the construction of the Museum. Of course, he will share all his knowledge about the civilization of the Chachapoyas with you.
Lunch in Leymebamba with a local family before having coffee at KentiCafé where you will certainly see several species of hummingbirds.
In the afternoon you will meet the association of weavers of Leymebamba. They will show you the work of wool, from the animal to the finished product. You will have the opportunity to « »get your hands dirty » » and try your hand at traditional weaving.
Return to Sr. Jabier’s Casa Intimachay for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Cooking class and Hike to the Mausoleums of Revash
Today you will leave your hosts, Sr. Jabier and Maria Elena.
You will first leave not that far, at the Rangra Wasi hotel for a gastronomic cooking class with the chef of the establishment and lunch around the course.
Then departure with your driver and your English-speaking guide along the Utcubamba valley before going up to the village of San Bartolo (about an hour). In the village you will meet your local Spanish speaking guide who will accompany you on a 45-minute hike through the Andes to the Mausoleums.
The local guide will explain the traditions of the village, the medicinal plants, but also how the mausoleums were built and why. Your English-speaking guide will do the translation.
After returning to San Bartolo, you will get back in the car and descend the valley to Nogalcucho, to the Casa de Dona Lola where Perico and his mother Lola will be your hosts.
Dinner on site and overnight.
Day 4 Explore the citadel of Kuelap and visit Huancas and the Canyon of Sonche
Today you will leave just 15 minutes to the village of Tingo from where you will take the cable car to the citadel of Kuelap, the northern Machu Picchu in the Amazonas region.
The Kuelap tour will last around 2 hours 30 minutes before you will descend by cable car and have lunch in Tingo (not included).
You will then continue to the village of Huancas, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Huancas is well known for its women ceramicists, and you will participate in a demonstration of their art. Then you will walk to the Sonche Canyon from where you have a 360 ° view of the valley.
At the end of the afternoon, you will leave Chachapoyas for Cocachimba (an hour’s drive away) where you will end the day.
Day 5 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 6 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