Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Leimebamba

Museo Leimebamba

The mummies found at Laguna de los Cóndores are housed in the Museo Leimebamba, 3km south of town. The museum is owned by the local community and is housed in a wonderfully constructed complex with multitiered roofs…
Waterfall in Northern Highlands

Catarata de Gocta

This 771m waterfall somehow escaped the notice of the Peruvian government, international explorers and prying satellite images until 2005, when German Stefan Ziemendorff and a group of locals put together an expedit…
Archaeological Site in Kuélap

Kuélap

Constructed between AD 900 and 1100, and rediscovered in 1843, Kuélap is made up of millions of cubic feet of remarkably preserved stone. The 700m-long oval fortress is surrounded by an imposing, near-impenetrable w…
Archaeological Site in Leimebamba

Laguna de los Cóndores

This part of Peru hit the spotlight in 1996 when a group of farmers found six chullpas (ancient Andean funerary towers) on a ledge 100m above a cloud-forest lake. This burial site was a windfall for archaeologists, …
Ruins in Cajamarca

El Cuarto del Rescate

The Ransom Chamber, the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca, is where Inca ruler Atahualpa was imprisoned. The small room has three trapezoidal doorways and a few similarly shaped niches in the inner wall…
Historic Building in Cajamarca

El Complejo de Belén

Construction of this sprawling colonial complex, church and hospital, made entirely from volcanic rock, occurred between 1627 and 1774. The hospital was run by nuns and 31 tiny, cell-like bedrooms line the walls of …
Lake in Tarapoto

Laguna Azul

Also called Laguna de Sauce, this popular local spot is reached by crossing the Río Huallaga, 45km away, on a vehicle raft ferry and continuing by car for another 45 minutes. Day tours (S85 per person, minimum two p…
Archaeological Site in Northern Highlands

Marcahuamachuco

This spectacular collection of rugged ruins sprawls over a windswept plateau at a dizzying 3600 meters. The 3km-long site dates from around 400 BC and has immense defensive perimeter walls and towering ceremonial bu…
Nature Reserve in Tarapoto

Alto Shilcayo

Just 3km from downtown Tarapoto lies this section of the Aréa de Conservación Regional Cordillera Escalera, which protects dense jungle around the upper Río Shilcayo. The zone is populated by monkeys and many bird s…
in Northern Highlands

San Lucas de Pomacochas Interpretation Center

Fifteen minutes west on the road to Pedro Ruíz, the San Lucas de Pomacochas interpretation center maintains feeders on a 31-acre private reserve that attracts this and many other hummingbirds; the views over the val…