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Macro Towers It is a pre-Incan habitational compound that dates back between 1100 and 1300 a.D. mud cement, on an area of three hectares. There are several platforms and foundations of houses decorated with rhomboidal friezes and niches in the walls. It is calculated that it sheltered about 100 people, at the time the Chachapoya culture flourished.

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La Congona Archaeological Site A township built from stone, with blocks worked into symmetrical shapes and placed in position with mud mortar. The buildings date from 1100 to 1350 AD. This housing complex from the Chachapoyas culture features rhomboidal decorative stonework, and prominent quadrangular internal cornices.

and a 40 minute journey by car. It was inhabited by members of the Chachapoya culture, between 1100 and 1300 a.D. Its stone buildings present circular constructions decorated with high-relief friezes, in the shapes of rhombus and zigzags.

Machupirca It is a pre-Incan funerary site, with stone constructions, located at the entrance of the Shihual Cave, and which belonged to the Chachapoya culture. To get to the place, one can hike from the city of Chachapoyas or the villages of Tingo and Magdalena.

Village of the dead A place dedicated to the worship of mummies of high a.D., and is located in a place of difficult access.

The Gran Vilaya Valley This valley is situated west of the Kuélap Fortress, and shelters archaeological remains, such as La Pirquilla, Paxamarca, Peña Banca, Los Getones and Lanche, among others. Given its extension, it is calculated that there are nearly 5,000 constructions, between circular and rectangular ones, built in limestone, with ornamentation. The journey is full of adventure and starts in the Belén Valley, crossing the cloud forest, with abundant flora and fauna, and ends with the visit of Kuélap’s Fortress.

was discovered and measured in 2007. It is by far Peru’s highest waterfall 895m, or almost 3 times as high as the Eiffel Tower. A volunteer organization built a trek on a pristine, nearly level ledge of a cliff for 10 km that passes 8 waterfalls as high as any of the continental USA. An ecological reserve was formed that contains 4 critically endangered species. We would like anyone that have tried other world class treks to compare those with this one as we are sure it will become “the world’s best ecological trek”. Its location is 20 minutes above Pedro Ruis on a moped taxi, and tickets gotten through the village as this is a sustainable income project to give the natives incentive to protect their ecology. The Amazon Waterfalls Association is seeking volunteers for these exciting world class projects.

Amazon Waterfalls Trek (Yumbilla), Cuispis or San Carlos (20 minutes by moto-taxi from Pedro Ruis). Yumbilla is by far Peru’s highest waterfall almost 3 times as high as the Eiffel Tower. Discovered and measured in 2007, at 895 meters. A 10km trek has been made that passes 8 waterfalls as high as any of the contental USA. The trek follows a nearly level cliff ledge covered in a pristine uncut Amazon forest. The Amazon Waterfall Association is volunteers working with villages to give them a sustainable income incentive to protect their ecology. A private reserve was formed to protect the 4 critically endangered species that are numerious only in this zone. Tickets can be bought from the village for an economical trek to the individual waterfalls, but reservations must be made for the trek along the ledge. AWA is seeking volunteers to continue with equally exciting projects to make this zone better and preserve their resources.

Kept secret by the locals of this area because they feared an ancient curse if they revealed it’s location. The falls are supposed to be protected by a white haired mermaid like spirit who’s hair can be seen flowing down the massive U shaped walls at the bottom of the falls. The trail to the falls is reached via a one and a half hour ride from Chachapoyas on newly improved road that can accomodate 4 wheel drived vehicles. After reaching the small village of Cochachimba in the San Pablo district, a trail leads the traveler on a 3 to 5 hour trek to and from the falls. The falls appear on no map at this time and a guide is highly recommended. Although no formal equipment or training is required the trail is primitive, muddy and steep in many locations.

Gogta Falls  – measured in 2004 with 711m as the world´s 3rd highest waterfall. It is located nearby the Peruvian hamlets of Cocachimba and San Pablo, District of Valera, Province of Bongará and Department of Amazonas. The cataract is situated at a distance of five hours of hiking along an extensive valley of virgin cloud forest, from the hamlet of Cocachimba, in the surroundings of which, one can appreciate a total of 22 waterfalls, some of which are of impressive beauty, especially during the rainy season. Gocta´s Cataract, locally known as “La Chorrera”, is a 771 meter high straight waterfall, and for a long time, it was considered as the world´s third highest cataract.

Gotca Falls, located a couple of hours from Chachapoyas, remained unknown to the wider world until an expedition in 2002 led by Stefan Ziemendorf, a German engineer, and a group of Peruvian explorers re-discovered it. At a height of 2,532 feet, Gotca Falls is the third highest waterfall in the world if you consider its two stage drops together. The scenery is spectacular and the 3 hour hike to the middle of the falls is well worth the effort, as you are able to stand under the torrent at the bottom of the first drop.

The Gotca falls are produced as the Cocahuayco River runs over a sharp cliff face from a high plateau and falls for the first thousand feet to a large ledge which interrupts the torrent. The river waters then meander a short distance through vegetation and fall over the side of the second cliff to continue the decent to the base of the canyon.

Although this region is relatively new to tourism, many Peruvian travel agencies have developed tours for people with an interest in archeology and a sense of adventure. A tour through the landscape and history of Peru’s little known northern region can make for a magical and enchanting vacation, one that few people have had the opportunity to experience.

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