Dramatic scenery, lush waterfalls and forgotten ruins of tremendous cultural significance await adventurous travelers who journey to the relatively isolated sub-tropical area of Chachapoyas in Amazonas, a region in northeastern Peru. With wild, unspoiled landscapes and important historical sites, Chachapoyas is true ‘Indiana Jones’ territory. Teeming with natural and historic attractions, Chachapoyas is off-the-beaten path yet easily reached from Lima with a direct flight during the dry season (May-November). All year long as an alternative you can get to Chachapoyas by flying to Jaen directly or by land from Cajamarca, Chiclayo or Tarapoto. Offering some of the best Peru adventure travel, Chachapoyas can be visited as part of any tailormade trip Peru from Lima, or in combination with the highlights of northern Peru’s Moche Route.
Nestled in the cloud forest between 800 and 3,000 metres (2,624 and 9,800 feet), Chachapoyas is scattered with ruins attributed to the pre-Inca Chachapoya culture – also known as “The Cloud People”– who populated this area around the 10th century A.D.
Known as “La Ceja”, or eyebrow of the jungle, the cloud forest here is particularly rich in bromeliads, ferns and other epiphytes, making it a rewarding area for botanists and natural history enthusiasts, as well as for all those wanting a quality experience in a pristine and little-trodden area.