Discover the best top things to do in Chachapoyas, Peru including Kuelap Fortress, Sarcofagos de Karajia, Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas, Caverna de Quiocta, Canon del Sonche, Centro Historico, Yumbilla Falls, Mirador Luya Urco, Distrito de Huancas, Laguna de Pomacochas.
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4.5 based on 874 reviews
Kuélap is not actually a fortress, the community of some 3000 people was built on on top of a solid rock mountain. the 'walls' are actually the foundation of the town, constructed to level off the top on the mountain in two levels for the houses and ceremonial centers. A marvelous and educational trip. Take warm clothing, and rain gear. Weather changes quickly.
4.5 based on 304 reviews
Biscuits and gravy was this a trip! A crazy, bone-rattling, eye-popping drive through over some rugged roads and little villes brings you to this remote canyon site on the edge of Cruzpata! I looked down the roadway (ain't no cars going down that)/trail and thought THAT was steep enough headind down to the site, 1km from registry/parking. Oh, no, it gets steeper. Don't be shy about using a horse, either, or have it waiting for the return. Sharp turns to steep, steep turns to steeper over rocky, crumbling, slick, uneven, narrow, edge of precipice trail as you hike to the sarcaphogai. The hike is part of the adventure AND then you get to see where they sit. This is way above you, 50' maybe, and they're not easy to see without the right spots to take pics. Wow! Amazing, 2.3 meter figures that remain of what have must have been more as you look at other niches and some bone remnants on the trail. Some nice cascade, views of the farms in the steep Canyons and the EVEN rougher trail the farmers use that went down below our trail! To see where they are, imagine how they were put into place, and listen to the history is something. I think there's more on that cliff face to see or discover, but the trail was rough enough, let alone trying to get to the figures. Impressive.
4.5 based on 114 reviews
You don't get into the place itself, but very near. Go with a guide that will tell you the stories and history of the place.
The easiest way to get there is walking down from the village above it (45 min) and than continuing down another 90 min where the car can wait to you. Not difficult
4 based on 220 reviews
La caverna queda a 1h y 30 minutos en auto de Chachapoyas, con una caminata corta de 15 minutos, en ese paseo se va tambien a los Sarcofagos de Karajia.
The caves themselves are spacious and had some beautiful stalactites. But it is not the most interesting cave from a geological perspective. Note that the cave floor is very muddy and wet . The location is beautiful as is the drive up which makes the trip worthwhile.
4.5 based on 69 reviews
Take a collectivo from Chachapoyas for 3 soles per person. It's a short walk from the centre of town to the entrance which costs a further 3 soles.
The canyon is beautiful. You can take the paths leading either side of the look out for different view points.
We loved that the whole place was covered in Aussie eucalyptus trees and that we had one area of the canyon all to ourselves. It was nice and peaceful away from other tourists and was a great time filler one afternoon when we had nothing else to do.
Recommend wearing warm clothes as it does get very chilly.
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5 based on 46 reviews
i went mid-week and was literally the only person on the trail, a very nice meditative hike. you traverse a dense jungle mountainside, relatively horizontally -a few downgrades and climbs, with awesome tree-houses along the way to stop, take a snack, and enjoy the views. although it was wet the trail was not nearly as muddy as gocta or karajia, probably because of so much vegetation and no horses. Awesome views, felt a bit like jurassic park or a werner herzog doc! upon returning however the clouds started rolling along with some rain. People in town were super friendly, caught a ride down to Pedro Ruiz on another moto-taxi with some workers. It just so happened that the rain had dislodged some rocks and mud on the road to Chachapoyas just outside of town, a bit of a cold wet delay on the way back -so be prepared for anything- but overall a great time!
4.5 based on 31 reviews
Mirador Luya Urco offers a spectacualar viewpoint with 20-30 minutes up hill walk from Chachapoyas.
This can also be walked to if you walk back from Huancas allowing you to drop down into Chachapoyas from Luya Urco.
Lots of interesting people live close to the Mirador - so you can stop and chat to them!
4 based on 25 reviews
Huancas offers one of the most amazing views in Peru - overlooking a huge valley and a number of gorges - with beautiful Mountains, rivers and Waterfalls to be seen.
I got a collectivo from the terminal in Chachapoyas for 1 dollar - the drive is about 6-7 km and quite interesting.
The town of Huancas is small and has a nice square with artesanal shops.
I walked the 6.5km back to Chachapoyas - with great views all round. You may also get to meet and chat to some of the locals.
You drop into Chachapoyas from above - which is pretty.
There was one shxtty dog that got a little too close with its Barking but I pretended to throw stones and have eventually ran off!
4 based on 15 reviews
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