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Northern Peruvian Andes Things to See and Do

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If spectacular ruins, hiking, and unspoiled towns and villages appeal to you, then you cannot fail to find an abundance of activities in the Northern Peruvian Andes. The most popular places to visit in the region are the many pre-Inca and Inca archaeological sites and ruins that have been recently discovered, and which receive few visitors. But there's also hikes that go way off the beaten track, impressively high waterfalls, colonial towns, traditional village markets, and relaxing hot springs.

Other Activity pages in Northern Peruvian Andes that may be of interest: Kuélap Activities, Cajamarca Activities, Chachapoyas Activities, Lámud Activites, Yerbabuena Activities, Jalca Grande Activities and Leymebamba Activities.

By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

02 May 2012

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Centro Mallqui

Upon discovery of the chullpas (mausoleums) at Laguna de los CĂłndores in 1996, a massive operation was launched to save the mummies from tomb...

Leymebamba , Peru

Yerbabuena Sunday Market

In the dawn twilight, dozens of trucks from every hamlet between Leymebamba and Chachapoyas disgorge passengers bowed beneath heavy bundles. Tarps...

Yerbabuena, Peru
Cumbe Mayo

Cumbe Mayo

In the indigenous language Quechua, Cumbe Mayo means fine river, which is a fitting name for this ancient aqueduct, believed to be constructed...

Cajamarca , 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...

Leymebamba , Peru

Laguna de los CĂłndores

Mists rise from a beautiful sapphire lagoon, enshrouding six chullpas (tombs) nestled into a cliff above the cloud forest. Here is where...

Leymebamba , Peru


High up on a mountain, a group of white and red buildings cling to the cliff face. Some have likened them to the dwellings of the U.S. Southwest...

Yerbabuena, Peru

San CristĂłbal del Olto

Leaving the relative modernity of Lámud behind, you begin traversing the Luya countryside. You pass the chapel of El Señor de Gualamita,...

Ruin, Hiking
Lámud, Peru

YaravĂ­: Song & Soul of a People

There are pains that little by little Pass without being felt . . . “We really need a guitar,” Meider Díaz says as we sit in...

Culture and Arts, Music Info.
Leymebamba , Peru


From a cliff ledge, six white figures dressed in red peer across the river valley. Two sport human skulls atop their pointed hats. Each...

Lámud, Peru

Pueblo de los Muertos

Pueblo de los Muertos (Village of the Dead) is a collection of stone tombs that sit high up on a mountain ledge with sweeping views over the...

Lámud, Peru


Up on Cerro Ushparán, near Jalca Grande, lie more Chachapoya ruins. The walls of Óllape's circular ancient homes peek from beneath blackberry...

Jalca Grande, Peru

Laguna Mamacocha

Laguna Mamacocha is just one of many natural wonders that speckle the Amazonas region. A sparkling gem hidden deep in the cloud-swathed mountains, it...

Jalca Grande, Peru


Huancas, 5 kilometers north of Chachapoyas, derives its name from the Huancas nation. Originally from the Mantaro valley east of Lima, they were...

Cultural Tour
Chachapoyas, Peru

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...

Chachapoyas, Peru

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...

Chachapoyas, Peru
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