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Chachapoyas 2022 - Peru


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In the north central part of Peru is an interesting area. It's part of the highlands, we were around 10,000 feet of elevation a lot of the time. But it's also part of the rainforest. The rivers here are part of the system that feeds into the Amazon rainforest and waterways eventually throughout all of Brazil. There are waterfalls, and deep canyons, and historic sites from pre-Inca times.

We based most of our travels from Chachapoyas, a large city in the Amazonas department of Peru. From there we hiked to several waterfalls, and saw rock carvings that are ancient sarcophagus, some of which haven't even been open yet and have mummified remains inside. We explored some caves that also include historic artifacts, and walked around the ancient fortress of Kuelap.

Unfortunately Kuelap was closed due to a recent rainstorm damaging one of the walls. It's set to be the next Machu Picchu site in Peru with lots of foundations that remain from rock walls and buildings.


  • any of the hikes around the area
  • Chachapoyas market and shopping / pedestrian street
  • Kuelap site
  • Sarcophagus of Karajia
  • Gocta waterfalls

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PANO view of the first hotel eco lodge

taking a picture of the photographer taking a picture of Gocta waterfalls

one of the valleys and view of 2nd hotel by the river

Sonche canyon, just a 1600 foot drop to the bottom

Cave with ruins

hillside sarcophagus of Karajia

Kuelap fortress


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Posted by MurkTravels 18:04 Archived in Peru Tagged culture history peru waterfall hike ancient 2022 Comments (0)

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