This short roundtrip to Kuélap, the highlight of the Chachapoya, originates in Tarapoto combining the awesome cloud forest route of the Alto Mayo with the fascinating archaeological world of the Chachapoya, and the enchanting colonial city of Chachapoyas.
Tarapoto / Chachapoyas (L)
We will depart this morning from Tarapoto on tourism transportation for an eight hour journey along a winding paved highway bound to the colonial city of Chachapoyas. The mighty Mayo River will escort us for the first two hours until reaching the tropical city of Moyobamba located amid the broad Mayo valley. Following lunch our route traverses the jungle covered mountains of the Alto Mayo cloud forest Reserve an important National Conservation Area considered among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Short after passing by the beautiful Pomacochas Lake we will turn into the valley and spectacular canyon defined by the Utcubamba River to reach just one hour later, our overnight destination: the welcoming city of Chachapoyas.
Chachapoyas / Kuelap / Chachapoyas (AB, L)
An hour morning drive along the Utcubamba valley followed by a 37 Km ascent over mountain bumpy gravel road takes us to the feet of Kuélap, the magnificent citadel of the brave Chachapoya cloud forest warriors. Kuélap represents the most remarkable architectonic accomplishment of the skillful Chachapoya constructors, this fortified citadel was built at an altitude of 3000 meters on a mountain crest above the mid - Utcubamba - valley, Kuélap was inhabited over a millennium, being a stronghold against the Inca conquest which partially succeed to integrate the Chachapoya to its domains for 60 years, until the Spaniard arrival to the area around 1534. This archaeological highlight has been postulated to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. After a comprehensive two hour visit we will enjoy lunch and return to the city of Chachapoyas to spend the night.
Chachapoyas / Tarapoto (AB, L)
from Chachapoyas for an eight trip hour returning to Tarapoto, this morning we
have the chance for an optional
visit to the protected Dry
Forest Reserve of Huembo
established by the Non Profit Organization ECOAN to preserve the habitat of the endangered Marvellous Spatuletail, an elusive tiny
hummingbird declared by renowned ornithologists
as the most beautiful on Earth due to its impressive forked racket-tail. After crossing
the exuberant Alto Mayo Cloud Forest and stopping to enjoy the Amazonian gastronomy
near the city of Moyobamba, our trip continues following the route of the
Mayo river with destination to Tarapoto,
the city of Palms.