• Four-day snapshot of Amazonas, including Kuelap & Gocta Falls, beginning in October 2016. 

  • Begins and ends at Jaen airport in Department of Cajamarca. 

  • Private transport, English-speaking guides, all meals and best accommodation in the region. 

  • Prices start from £392 / $US 490 p/p for 3 nights. 

The Chachapoyas region is surely the best-kept secret of Peru, offering the perfect balance between archaeology, nature and living culture. Cloud forests embrace the fortified city of Kuelap; astonishing waterfalls, such as Gocta, flow over endless cliffs; and unique pre-Inca vestiges, such as at Revash or the Karajía sarcophagi, are recent discoveries.

Making use of the new LAN flights between Lima and Jaen - a four hour drive from the city of Chachapoyas - this is a great, new way to experience the best of Amazonas, in a relatively short timeframe.  

The standard tour is four days, but in a region with so much to explore, you may well wish to extend this by a day or two. However long you choose to spend in an area only just embracing tourism, you will still feel like a pioneer

All programmes include accommodation, meals (4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner) and guided visits. 

2017 Rates per person (based on double occupancy in standard rooms): 

  • 4 Days: from £392 / $490
  • 5 Days: from £515 / $644
  • 6 Days: from £638 / $797

Itinerary: 

Day 1 - Jaen: Arrival

We welcome you at Jaen airport (or your hotel) and then make the 175 km (109 mile) transfer to Gocta Lodge, a journey of roughly 3 hours.

We hope to arrive at our accommodation in good time to enjoy the sunset in front of Gocta Falls, one of the highest cascades in the world, in the heart of the Peruvian northern Andes.

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.

Day 2 - Hike to Gocta Waterfall

Breakfast.

From Gocta Lodge there is an amazing view of the falls, but the trail leading to them is even more breathtaking. It is a two hour hike (each way), passing through Andean orchards and lush forest full of bromeliads and orchids.
NB. There is the option to do this trail on horseback (at a small extra cost).

Lunch at the lodge, followed by a free afternoon to rest, relax in the pool, or explore the local village of Cocachimba

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.

Day 3 - Kuelap 

After breakfast we start driving along the Utcubamba valley, between bromeliads and cacti, towards Tingo. Here we begin to ascend, through traditional Andean villages, to Kuelap Fortress, located at an altitude of 3,000m (9,842ft).

Guided visit of Kuelap archaeological site, followed by lunch in the village of Maria (or a picnic lunch).

In the afternoon, we make the scenic, two-hour return drive to our accommodation. 

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.

Day 4 - Gocta - Jaen

Breakfast and departure in private vehicle back towards the lowlands.

The road to Jaen follows the route of the Utcubamba River, as it winds its way to the larger Marañon River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon. 

Arrival at Jaen airport, in time to check in for flight to Lima.

End of tour. 


If wanting to spend longer in the Chachapoyas region, here are the days that can be added: 

Additional Day 1: Leymebamba: Chachapoya Mummies

Breakfast and departure towards the high Utcubamba valley.

We take a detour off the road to Leymebamba to drive to the village of San Bartolo. From here it is a half-hour hike to get to Revash Mausoleums, involving a half-hour hike.
NB. On Sundays, instead of Revash, we stop at Yerbabuena Market, the largest in the whole region, and yet little-visited by tourists. 

Back on the road again, we arrive at Leymebamba for lunch, and an afternoon visit to the Mummies Museum.

Return to Gocta Lodge for dinner & overnight.

Additional Day 2: Karajia: Sarcophagi

Breakfast and tour to Luya Valley. We begin by driving to the village of Cruzpata. The latter stages of this drive are on unpaved road. 

From Cruzpata, it is a downhill hike of about half an hour to reach the viewpoint for the Karajia sarcophagi. Chachapoya culture was the only one in the Americas to build sarcophagi for burials, which are located on massive cliffs, often carved and decorated. 
NB. Horses can be rented for the journey from or to Cruzpata. 

In the afternoon we visit the Colonial capital of the region, Chachapoyas.

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.