Chachapoyas Tours

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Months: May to October (recommended)

Exciting 10 to 12 hour horseback expedition into the rugged foothills of the Andes. This is a horseback expedition to the mausoleum where 219 mummies were discovered and documented on the Discovery Channel in 1998. This site is located on a cliff above a huge alpine lake. In the rainy season this is behind a waterfall from the cliff above.  This appears to be a very sacred site where dead leaders were mummified and brought here from far away.  In Leymebamba we will see these mummies and a large treasure of artifacts in the museum donated by the Austrians.

Day 1  Cajamarca – Leymebamba
Airport or Hotel pick up service in Cajamarca. Our car climbs the sweeping cold cordillera and descends into an oven dry valley to cross the main trunk Marañon River.  Here a coastal Chimu culture uses their irrigation skills to grow exotic tropical fruits in a micro ecological system. We go up to Leymebamba to spend the night.  Night in Leymebamba. (BL)

marañon river

Day 2 
Lake of the Condors
We saddle up early for an all day expedition into the 15,000 sq. km zone that was previously unexplored a few years ago and arrive at the Lake of the Condors. This supernatural mystic place is a huge pristine mountain lake with the mausoleum (chullpa) perched high on a cliff above it. Our camp is by the lake in a rustic facility.  (B,BL,D)

lake of the condors

Day 3  Lake of the Condors
We climb up to the chullpa which the Discovery Channel documented in the 1998 recovery of  219 mummies from this damp cloud forest. Despite being behind a waterfall in the rainy season, these mummies were better preserved than ones from Egypt's desert pyramids.  This discovery made the zone famous because the entire area had never been filmed or seen by the outside world before this.  (B, L, D)


Day 4  Leymebamba
We leave camp for the long trip back to Leymebamba on horseback.  Night in Leymebamba.  (B, BL,D)

Day 5  Leymebamba- Museum – Choctamal
Now we get to see Peru's Leymebamba Museum that houses the 219 mummies that were discovered in 1997 by a group of local farmers. These mummies were located 10 hours horseback on a cliff under a waterfall by the Lake of the Condors. Research is being conducted in this museum under the supervision of Dra. Sonia Guillen. On the way to Choctamal we will see the Revash archaeological site.  Night in Choctamal Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge  gateway to Kuelap and Gran Vilaya.  (B, BL, D)


Day 6  Choctamal – Kuelap – Chachapoyas
If you are not afraid of height we can take a cable car to the base of Kuélap. We will spend the day at Fortress Kuelap known as "the Machu Picchu of the North". It has over 400 buildings inside 3 levels of walls, and is the largest stone structure of the Americas.  Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress.  Night in Chachapoyas (B, L)

kuelap peru

Day 7  Chachapoyas - Chiclayo (or Chachapoyas - Jaen) ( or Chachapoyas - Tarapoto)
Transfer to Chiclayo for your evening flight to Lima.  (B, BL)

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2 paxes                USD                 
4 paxes or more   USD 1,756 p.p

THE TOUR INCLUDES:                                                
All entrance fees                                                                    
Transfers to airport or bus station
Meals where noted in the program                                                  
All transportation specified in the program
Transfer between cities
Hotels specified in the program
Bilingual guide

Alcoholic beverages
Airport taxes
Internal flights (we can provide upon request)





























































Chachapoyas Tour S.A.C.
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Jr. Sto. Domingo 432
Phone: 407-860-3993 (USA)
41-941-963327 (Peru)
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