Welcome to Chachapoyas
Also known as Chachas, Chachapoyas is a laid-back town awash in white and surrounded by swathes of high-altitude cloud forests. The town was founded early on in the Spanish conquest and was the base from which the exploitation of the Amazon region was launched. It remained an important junction on jungle-coast trade routes until a paved road was built in the 1940s through nearby Pedro Ruíz, bypassing Chachapoyas... Read More
Top experiences in Chachapoyas
Full-Day Karajia Sarcophagi and Caverns of Quiocta
Early in the morning we will depart from Chachapoyas City to head towards Cruz Pata Village, where our adventure starts. We will hike for 20 minutes approximately until discover the Karajia Sarcophagi site located on the cliff side. These sarcophagi belongs to the Chachapoyas pre-Inca culture and this form of burial is considered unique in the world because it is made of stone, wood and clay, with anthropomorphic form, which can measure up to 2.5 meters high. After contemplate this impressive and unique Chachapoyas burial structures, we will return for lunch to the city of Luya. We will continue our adventure visiting another amazing attraction but in this occasion of natural character: Quiocta Caverns. It shows all the beauty of the typical cavern scenery with stalagmites and bizarre forms of the limestone sculptures. We will walk through the darkness with flashlights to see this interesting rock formations.Return to the city of Chachapoyas.
Half-Day Tour: Chachapoyas City and Huanca
We will start our tour walking from Burgos square, across one of the main streets of the city, to Chachapoyas main square, where we will see traditional colonial houses with balconies, including the Municipal Palace and the Cathedral of Chachapoyas. Then, we will go by bus to Luya Urco viewpoint, where we will enjoy the panoramic view of the city. We will continue by bus to the town of Huanca, a community known for its pottery. On our way, we will visit the viewpoint in Huanca Urco Canyon, where we will look through binoculars the first fall of Gocta waterfall and the Town of the dead; and then, we will go to the viewpoint in Sonche Canyon, where we will see the varied and rugged geography of the Amazonian Andes. We will end our tour in a traditional house to witness the pottery process, where we can participate and make our own ceramics.
Kuelap Fortress and Gocta Waterfalls 5-Day Tour
Begin this tour of one of Peru's best-kept secrets at the Lima airport, where you're picked up by your guide and transferred to Pumarini. Get an early start the next day as you depart for Gocta waterfalls after a 7am breakfast. The route from Tarapoto to Gocta is considered one of the most spectacular in all of Peru because it climbs from the Amazonian jungle into the green Andes of Chachapoyas, crossing cloud forests, orchid forests, the Pomacochas Lagoon, and high mountain passes. Stop en route to visit the Wakanki Orchid Garden in Moyobamba, and arrive at Gocta in time to see the sunset in front of the falls. On Day 3, leave after breakfast for a hike to the falls, crossing picturesque Andean farms and forests along your way. Relax, have a snack, and snap some photos at the base of the waterfalls before returning to your lodge for lunch. On Day 4, leave after breakfast for a 2.5-hour drive to the fortress of Kuelap, arriving around 10:30am. Explore the ancient site on a guided tour, then return to the village of Maria for a box lunch. Stop by the colonial city of Chachapoyas before returning to the Gocta Lodge for dinner.On Day 5, leave after an early breakfast to visit the Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge, where you'll be able to appreciate several hummingbird species and other birds and local flora. Head toward Tarapoto by 10am, crossing back through the Pomacochas Lagoon and the Alto Mayo forests. The tour concludes when you arrive at Tarapoto airport for your flight back to Lima around 3pm.