Chachapoyas, situated deep in Peru’s northern Sierra, is steeped in history, peppered with the remnants of powerful pre-Inca civilizations, and contains vast swathes of dramatic, rugged landscapes. The must-see sites of a tailormade Chachapoyas tour will take you to the impressive ruins of Kuelap, perched on a hilltop overlooking stunning scenery, and hike to the towering Gocta Waterfall. However, there’s plenty more to see in the region from little-visited ruins to hiking trails tucked away in the cloud forest. Here Aracari shares suggested Chachapoyas Tour itineraries and information on visiting the area.
Chachapoyas Tour Itineraries
Here’s our roundup of our recommended, tried and tested, Chachapoyas tour itineraries and the best things to do in the area. All Aracari’s itineraries are private and can be tailormade to suit your interests, travel dates and accommodation preferences.
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The Must-See Highlights: Chachapoyas tour – 4 Days
Day 1 – Fly direct from Lima to Jaen and transfer to Gocta Natura Cabins
Day 2 – Hike through farms and cloud forest to Gocta Waterfall, among the tallest in the world
Day 3 – Visit Kuelap, a remarkable pre-Inca archaelogical site constructed by the Chachapoyas people.
Day 4 – Transfer to Jaen for return domestic flight to Lima
Discover More: Chachapoyas Tour – 5 Days
Day 1 – Fly direct from Lima to Jaen and transfer to Kentitambo Lodge in Leymebamba
Day 2 – Visit the funerary tombs of Revash. Visit the Museum of Leymebamba, with an exclusive access visits allowing you behind-the-scenes access to the museum’s depostiory with the founder
Day 3 – Visit Kuelap, a remarkable pre-Inca archaelogical site constructed by the Chachapoyas people. Transfer to Gocta Natura Cabins
Day 4 – Hike to Gocta Waterfall
Day 5 – Transfer to Jaen for return domestic flight to Lima
More Chachapoyas Tour Excursions
Extend your Chachapoyas tour beyond the destinations must-see sites with hikes to little-visited waterfalls and pre-Incan ruins.
Humming Bird Watching – While away a morning at Kentitambo Lodge spotting hummingbirds, accompanied by your guide.
Horse Riding & Nature Trail – At Kentitambo, horseride and take a gentle nature trail in a protected, private reserve.
Karajia – visiti the burial site of the Sarcophagi of Karajia
Yumbilla Waterfall – Hike to little-visited Yumbilla waterfall
Community visits – Visit local weavers or sugar cane producers for a demonstration of local traditions in the village by Gocta waterfall
Getting to / from Chachapoyas
Once a hard-to-get-to destination, the region of Chachapoyas retains its Indiana-Jones air of adventure, while being realatively easy to reach thanks to daily, direct domestic flights from Lima to Jaen. Alternatively, you can reach the area via the other three main access points: Tarapoto, Chiclayo and Cajamarca.
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