Few visitors reach the Chachapoyas region, partly because of difficulty of access, although this is one of Peru's richest archaeological areas. From mountain fortresses like Kuelap, said to contain three times more stone than the great pyramid at Giza, to inaccessible cliff tombs like La Petaca and Diablo Huasi, this is an exciting region which is still being rediscovered.
Trips can be combined with the lovely Andean town of Cajamarca, and with Pacaya-Samiria, the country's largest Amazon rainforest reserve, home to monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caiman, anacondas, piranas and pink river dolphins.
Our preferred accommodation
Gocta Andes LodgeLodge/Hosteria - GoctaA simple but comfortable lodge on the edge of Cocachimba village with a stunning view of Gocta Falls in the distance. The lodge serves hearty food and there is a small pool to relax in after a long day of exploring the area.