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Altitude: 2280 m (7,480 ft) Phone Code: 41

Called "The Land of the Millenium Gods," Leymebamba is a small, friendly town on the banks of the Río Utcubamba. It is a convenient stopping point between Chachapoyas and Celendín, providing many opportunities to explore the ruins and villages of the southern Amazonas department. Mornings here dawn over misty mountains ringing with the cries of green parrots. Upon those ridges lie numerous archaeological sites. Centro Mallqui, the "mummy museum," houses finds from the chullpas (burial tombs) of Laguna de los Cóndores.

The Plaza de Armas is stone-paved with Chachapoyan designs. In one corner is a fountain replica of Laguna de los Cóndores. The rough-stone church with twin stout towers is reputed to be the second oldest in the region. Leymebamba is known as a center for Yaraví music, and musicians play in the evenings near the Plaza. The patron saint of Leymebamba is the Virgen del Carmen, whose feast days (July 11-16) are celebrated with traditional dances and music. The town's market day is Saturday.


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

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

02 May 2012

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Centro Mallqui

Upon discovery of the chullpas (mausoleums) at Laguna de los Cóndores in 1996, a massive operation was launched to save the mummies from tomb robbers. With the assistance of Austrian ...
Leymebamba , Peru

Laguna de los Cóndores

Mists rise from a beautiful sapphire lagoon, enshrouding six chullpas (tombs) nestled into a cliff above the cloud forest. Here is where 219 souls rested until their removal to Centro Mallqui. In ...
Leymebamba , Peru

La Congona

Spread out upon a ridge near Leymebamba, La Congona is an as-yet unexcavated llacta (town). About 30 houses rise out of the heavy bramble vegetation. They are of typical Chachapoya design of the ...
Leymebamba , Peru

Yaraví: Song & Soul of a People

There are pains that little by little Pass without being felt . . . ‚ÄúWe really need a guitar,‚ÄĚ Meider D√≠az says as we sit in the smoke-darkened interior patio of his home in Leymebamba. ...
Culture and Arts, Music Info.
Leymebamba , Peru
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