Top 10 Things to do in Chachapoyas, Peru

July 17, 2017 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Chachapoyas, Peru including Kuelap Fortress, Sarcofagos de Karajia, Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas, Caverna de Quiocta, Canon del Sonche, Centro Historico, Yumbilla Falls, Mirador Luya Urco, Distrito de Huancas, Laguna de Pomacochas.
Restaurants in Chachapoyas

1. Kuelap Fortress

Luya province, Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 874 reviews

Kuelap Fortress

Reviewed By Jas_5555555 - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Kuélap is not actually a fortress, the community of some 3000 people was built on on top of a solid rock mountain. the 'walls' are actually the foundation of the town, constructed to level off the top on the mountain in two levels for the houses and ceremonial centers. A marvelous and educational trip. Take warm clothing, and rain gear. Weather changes quickly.

2. Sarcofagos de Karajia

Luya, Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Sarcofagos de Karajia

Reviewed By Michael M - Chachapoyas, Peru

Biscuits and gravy was this a trip! A crazy, bone-rattling, eye-popping drive through over some rugged roads and little villes brings you to this remote canyon site on the edge of Cruzpata! I looked down the roadway (ain't no cars going down that)/trail and thought THAT was steep enough headind down to the site, 1km from registry/parking. Oh, no, it gets steeper. Don't be shy about using a horse, either, or have it waiting for the return. Sharp turns to steep, steep turns to steeper over rocky, crumbling, slick, uneven, narrow, edge of precipice trail as you hike to the sarcaphogai. The hike is part of the adventure AND then you get to see where they sit. This is way above you, 50' maybe, and they're not easy to see without the right spots to take pics. Wow! Amazing, 2.3 meter figures that remain of what have must have been more as you look at other niches and some bone remnants on the trail. Some nice cascade, views of the farms in the steep Canyons and the EVEN rougher trail the farmers use that went down below our trail! To see where they are, imagine how they were put into place, and listen to the history is something. I think there's more on that cliff face to see or discover, but the trail was rough enough, let alone trying to get to the figures. Impressive.

3. Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas

Reviewed By ahva63

You don't get into the place itself, but very near. Go with a guide that will tell you the stories and history of the place.
The easiest way to get there is walking down from the village above it (45 min) and than continuing down another 90 min where the car can wait to you. Not difficult

4. Caverna de Quiocta

Excellent
42%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 220 reviews

Caverna de Quiocta

La caverna queda a 1h y 30 minutos en auto de Chachapoyas, con una caminata corta de 15 minutos, en ese paseo se va tambien a los Sarcofagos de Karajia.

Reviewed By lorneinvan - Vancouver, Canada

The caves themselves are spacious and had some beautiful stalactites. But it is not the most interesting cave from a geological perspective. Note that the cave floor is very muddy and wet . The location is beautiful as is the drive up which makes the trip worthwhile.

5. Canon del Sonche

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Canon del Sonche

Reviewed By GlobalRunaways - Perth, Australia

Take a collectivo from Chachapoyas for 3 soles per person. It's a short walk from the centre of town to the entrance which costs a further 3 soles.
The canyon is beautiful. You can take the paths leading either side of the look out for different view points.
We loved that the whole place was covered in Aussie eucalyptus trees and that we had one area of the canyon all to ourselves. It was nice and peaceful away from other tourists and was a great time filler one afternoon when we had nothing else to do.
Recommend wearing warm clothes as it does get very chilly.

6. Centro Historico

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
36%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

Centro Historico

Reviewed By Robert C - Dublin, Ireland

This is the standard central plaza that you see everywhere in Latin America with main Cathedral and shops, restaurants. Chachapoyas is a small town so you can't miss it. The Cathedral is a nice building as well.

7. Yumbilla Falls

Cuispes, Chachapoyas, Peru +51 956 030 811
Excellent
92%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

Yumbilla Falls

Reviewed By Gabo X

i went mid-week and was literally the only person on the trail, a very nice meditative hike. you traverse a dense jungle mountainside, relatively horizontally -a few downgrades and climbs, with awesome tree-houses along the way to stop, take a snack, and enjoy the views. although it was wet the trail was not nearly as muddy as gocta or karajia, probably because of so much vegetation and no horses. Awesome views, felt a bit like jurassic park or a werner herzog doc! upon returning however the clouds started rolling along with some rain. People in town were super friendly, caught a ride down to Pedro Ruiz on another moto-taxi with some workers. It just so happened that the rain had dislodged some rocks and mud on the road to Chachapoyas just outside of town, a bit of a cold wet delay on the way back -so be prepared for anything- but overall a great time!

8. Mirador Luya Urco

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
53%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Mirador Luya Urco

Reviewed By Rob W - Dublin, Ireland

Mirador Luya Urco offers a spectacualar viewpoint with 20-30 minutes up hill walk from Chachapoyas.
This can also be walked to if you walk back from Huancas allowing you to drop down into Chachapoyas from Luya Urco.
Lots of interesting people live close to the Mirador - so you can stop and chat to them!

9. Distrito de Huancas

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Distrito de Huancas

Reviewed By Rob W - Dublin, Ireland

Huancas offers one of the most amazing views in Peru - overlooking a huge valley and a number of gorges - with beautiful Mountains, rivers and Waterfalls to be seen.
I got a collectivo from the terminal in Chachapoyas for 1 dollar - the drive is about 6-7 km and quite interesting.
The town of Huancas is small and has a nice square with artesanal shops.
I walked the 6.5km back to Chachapoyas - with great views all round. You may also get to meet and chat to some of the locals.
You drop into Chachapoyas from above - which is pretty.
There was one shxtty dog that got a little too close with its Barking but I pretended to throw stones and have eventually ran off!

10. Laguna de Pomacochas

Chachapoyas, Peru
Excellent
33%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Laguna de Pomacochas

Reviewed By AverCe - Lima, Peru

On the way to Chachapoyas you can find a nice lagoon. If you have time you can drive near and have lunch or coffee. Also some boats are available if you wish to take a ride.
It´s a nice place to take pictures, specially on a sunny day.

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