We cross the main trunk Amazon where it leaves the world’s 2nd highest mountains to enter the domain of the Chachapoyan Cloud People. This newly accessible zone was the Andes most fortified and mysterious with the highest density of ruins. On a high mountain, Fortress Kuelap is the largest building of the Americas. We end our tour in Chiclayo where America’s most advanced civilization lived on the world’s driest desert with 26 pyramids. The Lord of Sipan was recently discovered in a pyramid that was America’s richest gold-filled tomb.
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, D)
Day 2 Leymebamba – Centro Mallqui Museum – Revash –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 visit the Revash archaeological site. Night inChoctamal Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge, gateway to Kuelap and Gran Vilaya. (B, BL, D)
Day 3 Choctamal- Kuelap – Chachapoyas
We will spend the day at Fortress Kuelap known as “the Machu Picchu of the North”. Kuelap 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. On the way to Chachapoyas we will observe the platforms of Macro located on a cliff overlooking the Utcubamba River. Overnight in Chachapoyas.
Day 4 Chachapoyas – Karajia – Chachapoyas
Transfer to Cruz Pata (2.5 hours approx). We will go to the 8-feet high funeral sarcophagi 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 sarcophagi where you can observe from the road more than 20 discovered sarcophagi. Night in Chachapoyas
Day 5 Chachapoyas – Chiclayo
Transfer to Chiclayo for your evening flight to Lima.