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This trip in Northern Peru includes a visit to Kuelap, Chachapoyas and Gocta Waterfall.
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5 nights accommodation, selected meals and activities with an English speaking guide as per itinerary.
Discover two unique destinations in Peru – Kuelap, the most important archaeological site in northern Peru and the towering Gocta Waterfall, set amid jungle sheltering toucans and monkeys. Located in the region of Amazonas, in the northern part of the country, it combines history, culture and adventure.
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Discover Kuelap, the most important archaeological site in the northern Peruvian Andes.
Stay at the Gocta Lodge with stunning views of the Gocta waterfall.
Explore the Leymebamba Mummy Museum, a place dedicated to the Chachapoyas culture.
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Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the Jaen Airport and transferred to Gocta Lodge or similar. (L) (D)
You will venture on a trek through the Cocachimba route on your way to the Gocta Waterfall. You will go across sugar cane fields until you reach a clouded forest with orchard, mushroom and moss-covered trees. Members of the Communal Association will accompany you along the way and will explain everything there is to know about the ecosystem that surrounds the area, as well as the history of its community and the waterfall, the third tallest in the world. (B) (L) (D)
You will discover Kuelap, the most important archeological site in the northern Peruvian Andes. On a guided visit, you will learn everything about this monumental fortress, which is located on top of Cerro Barreta; its platform reaches up to 600 meters in length and, at certain points, its walls reach up to 19 meters in height. You will be surprised by its imposing walls and its complex interior architecture, where you’ll find administrative, religious, ceremonial and residential areas, which are proof of the detailed organisation of its ancient inhabitants. (B) (L) (D)
You will explore the Leymebamba Mummy Museum, a place dedicated to the Chachapoyas culture. In its five rooms you will appreciate the 261 mummies and 200 funeral accessories that the place owns very up-close. Then, you will visit the Revash mausoleums, a holy land that belongs to the same culture; these collective tombs are located in natural caves or in excavations made on rock walls. On Sundays, the visit to Revash will be replaced by a visit to Yerbabuena, a place where the region’s largest market is located, which due to low tourist presence still maintains its traditional essence. (B) (L) (D)
Today you will visit Karajia, a group of human-shaped sarcophaguses that were part of the Chachapoyas culture’s traditions. These coffins, made of dry straw and clay, have an impressive height, reaching up to 2.5 meters, and were used for the burial of important people and families. (B) (L) (D)
You will be picked up from the hotel in Chachapoyas and transferred to the Jaen Airport to board your flight to your next destination. (B) (L)
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