Going back there now, Chachapoyas has not lost any of its authenticity nor the feeling of being an explorer, but the infrastructure has hugely improved. There is a new road connecting Chachapoyas to Leymebamba, following the river, all paved, making the access so much easier and shorter. We also
- Of course visiting Kuelap, the mighty fortress of the cloud people.
- Hiking to the Gocta waterfalls: an amazing hike, you have to be somewhat fit, as you will have to hike up and down. Go early to spot the red ‘cock of the rock’ bird.
- Meeting Clotilde: a 70-year-old lady, making ceramics the way her mother taught her and how the mothers in her bloodline have been making these for hundreds of years.
- Karajilla: while we did take the wrong road, we had a beautiful hike to the sarcophagi of Karajilla. You keep wondering, how have they been able to place these statues so high up in the cliffs.
- Leymebamba: a small but unique museum, sharing the story of the discovery and rescue of 200 mummies found at Laguna de
- Eating at Tayta: I have seldom seen a menu in Latin America where I actually don’t recognize any of the food. Great for an amazing authentic food experience.
- Staying at Hacienda Achamaki, a wonderful old hacienda style hotel, very relaxing, great location, good food, and friendly staff.
- Tarapoto: Cordillera Escalante – very close by Tarapoto city, but in the middle of nature with a beautiful river and an amazing hike to a waterfall.