How to Get There
There are 3 entry cities if you want to fly most of the way, Tarapoto and Chiclayo have equal road trips from those airports of 8 hours, and Cajamarca’s airport is more like 12 hours away. These flying options are about 4 times as expensive as reserve.
These arudous route takes 2 days from Vilcabamba & Zumba in Ecuador crosses the frontier at Balsas & goes via San Ignacio to Chachapoyas.
You can also arrive from Tarapoto to the east. Getting down from the buses in Pedro Ruiz and catching local transport for the final leg up to Chachapoyas. also runs a three times a week service from Cajamarca. This is a spectacular road to travel and in a big bus definitely not for the faint hearted.
There are kombis daily & taxis from Chachapoyas to Kuelap, Leymebamba and Luya. Most leave from their respective stations 2 to 3 blocks from the main square.
Tours – There are several tour agencies, many located on the Plaza. They all offer identical itineraries for around the same price, but each runs their own tours so the quality of guides and drivers may vary – ask around.
Before you pay for a tour, you may wish to meet the guide, the morning of your tour to ensure yourself that he actually can speak your language.
There are many agencies and guides available, and trekking offers from the 1-day trip to Vilaya Tours higher end tours and treks all around the Chachapoyas area.
Tourist Week is the first week in June, with a large parade from many villages of all the provinces of Amazonas participating on the Sunday. Lots of traditional clothes and customs to be seen.
Chachapoyas Tours (Los Tambos Chachapoyanos), 452 Santo Domingo. Chachapoyas Tours is the unrestored Inca roads in Peru. From Levanto it goes downhill for 3 to 4 hours with spectacular panoramas and Inca engineering. An Inca Military garrison guards over 3000 km of major Inca roads and a side branch takes you to Yelape, the 2nd largest fortress after Kuelap.
Casa Monsante, Jr. Amazonas 746 (From the church, uphill 2 blocks). Casa Monsante is a restored ancient mansion in the historical section of town with extensive orchids.
Getting out of Kuelap on your own account. There is no public transport (combis) from Chachapoyas to Kuelap. You can take a public combi to nearby Pueblo Maria (about 2 hours travel)and from there follow the road to Kuelap, an easy 2 hours walk. You may find a taxi in Pueblo Maria but do not count on that. Combis and colectivos to Pueblo Maria leave Chachapoyas early in the morning (around 5.00 am), look for the office of Roller´s two blocks down from the plaza, passing the market. At Pueblo Maria you can stay the night in one of the several rooms made for visitors by villagers. There are several restaurants as well at Pueblo Maria (good trout). You can go back to Chachapoyas by public combi or walk down to the village of Tingo, which lies halfway on the road between Chachapoyas and Leymebamba. The walk is interesting but quite long, going down about 1,500 meters (5,000 feet). Calculate some 2 to 3 hours walking. There is a basic hotel in Tingo and 2 restaurants. In Tingo you can pick up a bus or combi to travel on to Leymebamba (about 70 minutes)or Chachapoyas (about an hour). Combis to Chachapoyas pass by around 6 am. The daily bus of Movil Tours from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca vice versa passes Tingo at about 7.00 am coming from Chachapoyas (arriving at 8.15 am at Leymebamba and at 5.30 pm at Cajamrac) and at about 4.15 pm coming from Cajamarca – Leymebamba, arriving at Chachapoyas at 5.15 pm. You can also go from Tingo to Leymebamba picking up one of the combis or the micro passing at about 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.
There are daily buses from Movil Tours (recommended) and Virgen del Carmen from Leymebamba to Celendin and vice versa. The trip from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas takes about 11- 12 hours. The route is very beautiful, crossing the deep canyon of the Marañon river. The road is mostly a well-maintained gravel road and partly asfalted.
The Chachapoyas of Peru • Locations & Activities
City of Chachapoyas