Gran Vilaya 4-Day Trek

  • Incredible 4-day hike exploring legacy of little-studied Chachapoya culture. 

  • Includes sarcophagi at Karajia and many other lesser-known ruins that make up Gran Vilaya

  • Scenic highlights include beautiful Huaylla Belen Valley

  • Fully-supported trek, with guides and mule handlers; accommodation in basic guesthouses or tents. 

  • Ends with visit to Kuelap, the 'Machu Picchu of the North'. 

Prices

Below prices are per person, based on two people sharing a room/tent.  

ItineraryLengthPrices From
4 Days£214 / $272

Itinerary

Gran Vilaya Trek Day-by-day Itinerary:  

Day 1: Chachapoyas - Karajia - Belen Valley (L,D)

We drive from Chachapoyas city, through Luya, to the town of Cruz Pata. Here we start our walk, taking in the impressive and unique sarcophagi of Karajia.

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After this visit, we continue to Huaylla Belen Valley, where we spend the night, at 2,335 m (7,661 ft).

Day 2: Huaylla Belen - Congon (B,L,D)

We have breakfast in Huaylla Belen Valley, and then begin hiking along a pre-Hispanic trail, enjoying the dense vegetation, which is home to Andean toucans, the Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird, and many other bird species.

The name Gran Vilaya was given by US explorer, Gene Savoy, to an extensive area containing more than 30 archaeological sites, spread from the Utcubamba River west to the Marañon River; and covering a great range of ecological zones according on altitude and rainfall.

One of these archaeological sites is Pirquilla, which has more than 400 circular rooms made of stone. We have lunch here.

We then walk to the village of Congon (1,791 m / 5,876 ft), where we spend the night.

Day 3: Congon - Choctamal (B,L,D)

We have breakfast in Congon. From here we use horses to take us to Lanche archaeological site.

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We have our picnic lunch and then continue to Yumal Pass, at 3,348 m (11,000 ft) above sea level. From here there is a stunning, panoramic view of Kuelap.

In the evening, we arrive at Choctamal, where we spend the night.

Day 4: Choctomal - Kuelap (B,L)

We have breakfast in Choctamal, and then have a short hike towards Kuelap.

We will spend some three hours visiting Kuelap, in the company of a guide who will talk about the archaeological site’s history, conservation, discoveries and stories.

We take the cable car from Kuelap down to the village of Nuevo Tingo, where we have lunch and then drive back to Chachapoyas.

We arrive in Chachapoyas at 5pm approx.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:  

  • All transfers mentioned in itinerary

  • Entrance fees

  • 3 nights' accommodation in hostels or tents (according to wishes)

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners

  • Baggage-carrying mules and mule-handler

  • Official English-speaking Tour Guide

  • First Aid Kit

  • Cable-car ticket from Kuelap to Nuevo Tingo

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Services not specified in the programme

  • Accommodation in Chachapoyas

  • Domestic & International flight tickets

  • Extras and tips

  • Local and International airport taxes (where applicable)

  • Insurance

Reviews

The Gran Vilaya Trek was amazing! The nature there is beautiful and not yet spoiled by too much tourism.

The accommodation was very basic, but we really enjoyed the home-stays and seeing how people live. We stayed at Roger’s (guide) family home right next to Kuelap - very special. He was a very kind and knowledgeable guide.

Thank you so much for arranging!!!
— Anoma van Eeden & Adrianus Duijnhouwer - Amsterdam, Netherlands