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Laguna de los C贸ndores - Ruin Leymebamba - Peru

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 late 1996, a group of farmers clearing land discovered these tombs. A Peruvian-Austrian scientific team began a rescue operation to save this national patrimony. Unfortunately, huaqueros (tomb robbers) cleaned out 18 other near-by sites before archaeologists could arrive.

Made of stone, adobe and straw, and covered with a layer of mud plaster, some of the chullpas are painted white, with red and yellow ochre designs. Most of these structures date from the Chachapoya Late Intermediate Period (800-1470 A.D.); two were built during the Inca occupation. The site was used until after the Spanish conquest. Ruins of Llaqtacocha, a residential llacta associated with these tombs, were excavated in 1998.

The artifacts found at Laguna de los C贸ndores are on display at Centro Mallqui, the museum in Leymebamba. These tombs have been the topic of a Discovery Channel documentary and Archaeology magazine articles.

It is a 10-12 hour journey on horseback and foot to Laguna de los C贸ndores. The entire adventure lasts three to five days, according to your desires. A guide is essential and may be contracted in Leymebamba or Chachapoyas. The trip is generally only advisable in the dry season (May to September).

Leymebamba , Peru


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Relative price: High End

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

There are a number of other chullpas (mausoleums) in the area that your guide may be able to show you.

Here are other activities in and around Leymebamba that may be of interest: La Congona,

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