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Chachapoyas 5 Days 4 Nights 

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The Pre-Inka Chachapoya society flourished from 900 AD to 1400 AD. Their stronghold was the citadel of Kuelap nestled on a mountaintop above the Utcubamba River Valley in northern Peru, where the Andean eastern slopes meet the rainforest. The Chachapoya were known as the "Warriors of the Clouds". Tall and pale-colored, they were ethnically distinctive from other peoples of ancient Peru.


The Inka Empire was not able to conquer the fierce native Chachapoya until around 1470 AD. And when the Spanish conquered this area around 1570, they received support from the Chachapoya people to battle their former enemies. Kuelap was soon after abandoned and remained so for hundreds of years. Rediscovered in 1843, it remained only known by the local people of Chachapoyas until the 1980's when archaeologists began exploring the whole site. 


Day 01 Jaen-Chachapoyas

  • AM Arrive at the Shumba Airport in Jaen. Meet and greet by local tour operator staff and transfer to the city of Chachapoyas (4-hour ride).

  • PM Drop-off at the hotel of your choice in Chachapoyas**.

  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 02 Chachapoyas-Kuelap 

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Chachapoyas.

  • AM Tour to the Kuelap Fortress: Pick up from the hotel lobby and transfer to the village of Nuevo Tingo (2.195 m.a.s.l. or 7.200 ft above sea level) from where you will ride the cable car to the summit of the Barreta Mountain (9.843 feet ) which rises on the opposite side of the Tingo Valley.

  • The cable car ride takes 20 minutes approximately; during this time you will enjoy marvelous views of the landscapes that surround the valley.

  • The exterior stone walls of the fortress have a height of 19 meters (60 feet) approximately which gives Kuelap an imposing look. There are three narrow entrances to the interior of Kuelap, and inside there are numerous round constructions, among residences and ceremonial quarters built by the Chachapoya people around the 8th-Century. 

  • Lunch en route.

  • PM Return to Chachapoyas in the afternoon.

  • Free time to rest and/or explore Chachapoyas that still show archaeological remains of colonial times.

  • Overnight.


Day 03 Chachapoyas-Gocta Waterfall 

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Chachapoyas.

  • Transfer from the hotel to the village of Cocachimba, the starting point of the 2-hour hike to the Gocta Waterfall. The waterfall is 771 meters high (2.520 feet) and it is considered the fifth highest waterfall on the planet.

  • You will hike just over 3three miles on uneven ground in a wet tropical forest.

  • Once arrived in Gocta, you may wish to take a bath in the pool at the base of the waterfall.

  • Box lunch.

  • Return to Chachapoyas in the afternoon.

  • Overnight.

Day 04 Chachapoyas-Karajia Sarcophagi

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Chachapoyas.

  • AM Transfer from the hotel to the village of Cruz Pata. A 25-minute hike from Cruz Pata leads to the Karajia Sarcophagi, six coffins carved in stone resembling limbless torsos with large heads, perched high on a ledge by the side of a limestone cliff.

  • Lunch en route.

  • Return to Chachapoyas in the afternoon.

  • Overnight.

Day 05 Chachapoyas-Jaen


  • ​​Breakfast at the hotel in Chachapoyas.

  • Transfer to the airport or bus station at an appropriate time to board your flight*.


*Transfer-in/out from/to Cusco airport, bus station, or from a specific place indicated at the time of booking.

**See hotel choices for this tour below.

***Pisac village open-market is available on Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday.

****See train to Machu Picchu options below.

Prices per person (USD)

Double/Triple Occupancy

Single Occupancy


  • 2 nights in Puno.

  • All tours as described in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.

  • Overland transportation and entrance fees

  • Breakfast at all hotels.

  • Speed boat transportation for Lake Titikaka day-tour.

Does not Include:

  • Airfare, train or busfare.

  • Lunch or dinner or food or beverages (unless otherwise specified)

  • Airport taxes, baggage fees, or related charges.

  • Tips

  • Additional tours or services other than those that are specified on this itinerary.

Hotel choices for this tour

Chachapoyas 4 Nights

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