Northern Highlands attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kuélap

Kuélap

The 700m-long oval fortress of Kuélap, made up of millions of cubic feet of remarkably preserved stone, was constructed between AD 900 and 1100, and rediscovered in 1843. Shaped like an ocean liner atop a 3000m-high…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Museum in Leimebamba

Museo Leimebamba

The mummies found at Laguna de los Cóndores are housed in the Museo Leimebamba, 5km south of town. The museum is owned by the local community and located in a wonderfully constructed complex with multitiered roofs t…
Area in Northern Highlands

Gran Vilaya

The name Gran Vilaya refers to the bountiful valleys that spread out west of Chachapoyas, reaching toward the rushing Río Marañón. Abutting the humid Amazon, this region sits in a unique microcosm of perennially moi…
Archaeological Site in Northern Highlands

Kuntur Wasi

Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the small town of San Pablo, these seldom-visited pre-Inca ruins are well worth the trip from Cajamarca. The site is considered one of the cradles of Andean culture; four distinc…
Archaeological Site in Northern Highlands

Marcahuamachuco

This spectacular collection of rugged ruins sprawls over a windswept plateau at a dizzying 3600m. The 3km-long site dates from around 400 BC and has immense defensive perimeter walls and towering ceremonial building…
Waterfall in Northern Highlands

Catarata Yumbilla

A tiered waterfall falling in four sections, Yumbilla, rather like Gocta, was not properly surveyed until the early 2000s. And with all the recent attention heaped on Gocta, everyone seems to have forgotten about Yu…
Museum in Northern Highlands

Museo Kuntur Wasi

This excellent museum at the foot of the Kuntur Wasi ruins houses many objects from the archaeological site including amazing gold crowns and jewelry. Be aware that pieces in the museum are sometimes loaned out to o…
Archaeological Site in Northern Highlands

Revash

This historic site protects several brightly colored funerary buildings tucked into limestone cliff ledges high above a valley near the town of Santo Tomás. Looking a bit like attractive, yet inaccessible, cottages,…
Archaeological Site in Northern Highlands

Yalape

This largely unexcavated archaeological site dates from around AD 1100 and is located 17km south of Chachapoyas near the village of Levanto. A visit here won’t appeal to everyone – there are no panels, guides or wel…