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Altitude: 2,334 meters (7,657 ft) Population: 20,279 Phone Code: 41

Chachapoyas is a relaxed town that serves as an excellent base from which to explore nearby little-known archaeological sites, as well as the fifth largest waterfall in the world, Yumbilla. Despite its relatively small size, Chachapoyas is the capital of the Amazonas Region. It was founded in 1538 by Spanish captain Alonso de Alvarado, and much of its colonial heritage still remains. The Chachapoyas area was shaken by a 6.4 earthquake on May 18, 2010, damaging several buildings, especially around the main plaza.


Other places nearby Chachapoyas: Yerbabuena, Jalca Grande, Cajamarca , Leymebamba , Kuélap and Lámud.

12 Jul 2012

Chachapoyas Tours

Chachapoyas Tours SAC

Chachapoyas Tours offers the full gamut of tours available in northern Peru. Archeological tours, orchid tours, waterfalls hikes, horseback and trekking expeditions, jungle tours, and birdwatching ...
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Casa Vieja Peru

Casa Vieja Peru, while not quite from the Colonial Era, is a beautiful house that has served as both a dwelling for generations of families and as a monastery. As with many converted hotels, each ...
Chachapoyas, Peru

La Casona Monsante

La Casona Monsante is a quaint little hotel just one block from Chachapoyas’ Plaza de Armas. It is charmingly situated in a 19th century building, the restoration of which has received a national ...
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Hostal Continental

A maze of hallways lead to the rooms of the Hostal Continental. The four stories echo with the comings and goings, the conversations and music of its guests. The rooms are a bit cramped, but have ...
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Things to See and Do in Chachapoyas

Levanto and Yálape

Yálape, built 1100-1350 A.D., was a major Chachapoya city. During Inca rule it served as the region’s administrative center. With the Spanish conquest, Levanto was founded close-by as the ...
Chachapoyas, Peru


Huancas, 5 kilometers north of Chachapoyas, derives its name from the Huancas nation. Originally from the Mantaro valley east of Lima, they were sent by Inca ruler Huayna Cápac as mitmaq, or ...
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Catarata de Gocta

Northwest of Chachapoyas, near the villages of Cocachimba and San Pablo, is the Catarata de Gocta, the world\'s 16th highest waterfall. Gocta\'s two-step cascade plunges 2,529 ft (771 m) through the ...
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Museo Santa Ana

Museo Santa Ana, otherwise known as the Museo Étnico Religioso e Histórico (Ethnohistorical and Religious Museum) is set in the old Santa Ana church. This temple, built in 1569, served ...
Chachapoyas, Peru

Catarata De Yumbilla

Though the amount of water itself is fairly low, the height of La Catarata de Yumbilla-2,938 ft (895.5 m)-makes it the fifth highest waterfall in the world. The falls are tiered, and broken into four ...
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Pozo De Yanayacu

West of the city is a well, Pozo de Yanayacu, originally known as the Fuente Cuyana, and sometimes also known as the fuente del amor (fountain of love). Legend has it that, while the region was ...
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Mirador Guayamil

A short walk from the Plaza de Armas is the Mirador Guayamil, which has far-reaching views over the city; it\'s especially pleasant at sunset. ...
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Instituto Nacional De Cultura

The Instituto de Cultura houses a small museum containing mummies, artefacts and ceramics from pre-Colombian periods. ...
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