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La Congona - Ruin Leymebamba - Peru

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 Late Intermediate Period (800-1470 A.D.). You can still see the stone cornices that served to channel water away from the terrace foundations. At the edge of the ridge is a three-storey structure, assumed to have been a watchtower. Climb the steps for a wide-angle view of the Utcubamba River valley below. If you have the eyes of a condor, you can see Kuélap and Yálape in the distance.

Leymebamba , Peru


Getting There

La Congona lies far from the transited road. To walk there, take the path that zigzags up the hill at the end of Jr. 16 de Julio (3 hours there, 2 hours return).

Travel Tips:

Alternately, take a Celendín-bound bus or the daily milk truck (el lechero) to Las Palmas ($1) and walk 1.5-2 hours downhill to La Congona; continue that path back to Leymebamba (2 hours).

You could hire a guide to take you; however, it will cost about 25 soles/$8.30 for a five hour trip on foot, and you will spend only a little time at the site.

Price Description:

Entry to the ruins is free.

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Sunrise

Open Hours to:Sunset

Days Closed:None

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take water and a bit of food, as there are no stores along the entire route. Also, if it is a sunny day, take sunblock and a hat; if it is a day threatening rain, raingear (and expect the path to be muddy).

Here are other activities in and around Leymebamba that may be of interest: Laguna de los Cóndores,

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