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Highlights : Kuelap Fortress , Revash Cliff Tombs
TRANSPORT : Airplane
Northern Peru offers the world’s most extreme geography: its greatest rainforest, driest desert, and 2nd highest mountains. These offer thousands of mini-ecological zones with natives, plants and animals adapted to each zone.
Tarapoto and Moyobamba transitions from the Basin to mountain jungles & huge waterfalls. Kuelap is the “Machu Picchu of Northern Peru” with Peru’s most mysterious and largest variety of ruins in the Andes. We have many of the world’s most exotic and almost extinct hummingbirds.
Operates from May to October
Day 1 Tarapoto-Cocachimba
Public bus transfer from Tarapoto to Pedro Ruiz bus station (approx. 6 hours), private transfer to the town of Cocachimba at 1,736 mts. over sea level approximately. Transfer to Cocachimba town. We will spend the night in Gocta Lodge with relaxing views of Gocta waterfall.
Day 2 Cocachimba – Gocta – Chachapoyas
Three hours hike or horseback (one way) to Gocta waterfall. The measured height of 771 meters. As a result of an expedition lead by Stefan Ziemendorff and Telesforo Santillan (local guide) in March 2006, Gocta waterfall made the international news testifying the remoteness and unfolding discoveries of America’s newly accessible and most pristine ecological and archeological destination. During the hike you will be able to observe variety of hummingbirds, birds, flowers, maybe toucans, monkeys and other species from the region. Overnight in Chachapoyas. (B, L)
Day 3 Chachapoyas – Karajia – Choctamal
Transfer to Cruz Pata (2.5 hours approx). We will go to the 8-foot high funeral sarcophagus of Karajia (also known by the local as Purunmachus, quechua word that means: purun= wild and machu=old) located on a mountain cliff at about 2,600m (20 minutes downhill hike) and continue with the route of the condors where you can observe from the road more than 20 newly discovered sarcophagi. Afternoon transfer to Choctamal Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge where you can observe hummingbirds, the lodge is located on the road to Kuelap at only 35 minutes from the fortress, excellent panoramic views of Kuelap and the Abra Yumal Pass. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Choctamal-Kuelap-Choctamal
After breakfast we will travel by car for 35 minutes from Choctamal MS Lodge to Kuelap. The fortress of Kuelap was re-discovery in 1843 by Juan Crisostomo Nieto, and is precariously perched on a mountain ridge (about 3000m) overlooking the Utcubamba Valley. Kuelap has over four hundred buildings inside 3 levels of walls, it is roughly 20 m hight, 600 meters in length and 110 meters in width and is known as the largest stone structure in the Americas. Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress. Inside there are remains of many small round houses, some of them with a zigzag or diamond pattern in their terraces. Archaeological evidence shows that the structure was started before 800 AD. Night in Choctamal MS Lodge with excellent panoramic views of fortress Kuelap and variety of hummingbirds that visit the lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Choctamal – Revash – Leymebamba
We will continue traveling south from Tingo intersection to Leymebamba (two hours from Choctamal), on the way to Leymebamba we will visit Revash Mausoleums (two hours hike). Revash Mausoleums are small rectangular miniature houses located under the shelter of the rock. (also called Chullpas). After visint Revash we continue with our trip to the museum of Leymebamba 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. After visiting the KentiKafe and observe a variety of hummingbirds. Night in Leymebamba. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Leymebamba – Cajamarca
Early departure to Cajamarca. (B, BL)
5 Days/4 Nights Package
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Tour name :
Treasure of Northern Kingdoms
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