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Chachapoyas


Chachapoyas, it's a nice town stuck in the High Selva region in the north Peru, between the desertic coast and the inland: the jungle or Selva.

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Here vegetation isn't luxurious: we're too high (2000-3000m above sea level). Hills are plenty of meadows and plantations.

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Chachapoyas, it's above all the name of the Indian people of there. They are taller than the average and used to live in circular buildings, while Incas' ones were angular.

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Many ancient Incas trails are still present in the region. Incas invaded the region 500 years ago.

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In the South of Chachapoyas, the valleys appear to be more abrupt. In the background, you can see Tingo Nuevo.

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Levanto village seems sorrowful during the rainy season. This season didn't let us enjoy any sunny day.

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All the rivers are flooding. The village Tingo has been devastated by a deadly flood, 20 years ago.

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Kuelap

The cliff you can see over the montain isn't a cliff. It's a fortress. Kuelap, the Machu Picchu of the North Peru

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Closer, we discover massive walls, 20m high on average. Kuelap fortress is 500m long and 100m wide!

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Walls are curvy, sinuous as the snake, to resist earthquakes.

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The huge entry is an effective protection, as the corridor is going more and more narrow from a three men width outside to one man's inside.

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The fortress is millenium, conquered by the Incas 50 years before the arrival of the Spanish.

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Chachapoyas houses are round, with high walls and cone-shaped thatched roof.

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There are around 400 houses in the fortress.

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The imposing building is now invaded by vegetation and little bawler parrots.

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Chevrons on the back house represent the body of a snake whereas the diamonds on the front house represent the head.

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These ornaments symbolise the eyes of the Puma

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Leymebamba

This little quiet town is situated upstream the valley in the south of Chachapoyas and Kuelap.

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Mummies have been discovered around the lake of Condors. It's two days walking away from Leymebamba.

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Chachapoyas vase.

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Gocta

Another local curiosity we discovered is Gocta waterfall. It seems tiny, from here. Let me tell you Gocta is - only - 771m high and is ranked as the third higher waterfall in the world!

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Let's get closer...

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This is down the fall. Human for scale!

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As exposed, I'm having an extremely violent shower. It's like being in the middle of an unleashed sea, receiving huge packages of water, brutally and right in the face!

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Some wet and blown tourists

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The waterfall creates a microclimate around itself, a kind of jungle.

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An atmosphere of Selva.

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The progeny of Chachapoyas is very welcoming. We strongly recommend you this region!

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Chachapoyas


Chachapoyas, it's a nice town stuck in the High Selva region in the north Peru, between the desertic coast and the inland: the jungle or Selva.





Here vegetation isn't luxurious: we're too high (2000-3000m above sea level). Hills are plenty of meadows and plantations.





Chachapoyas, it's above all the name of the Indian people of there. They are taller than the average and used to live in circular buildings, while Incas' ones were angular.





Many ancient Incas trails are still present in the region. Incas invaded the region 500 years ago.





In the South of Chachapoyas, the valleys appear to be more abrupt. In the background, you can see Tingo Nuevo.





Levanto village seems sorrowful during the rainy season. This season didn't let us enjoy any sunny day.





All the rivers are flooding. The village Tingo has been devastated by a deadly flood, 20 years ago.



Kuelap

The cliff you can see over the montain isn't a cliff. It's a fortress. Kuelap, the Machu Picchu of the North Peru





Closer, we discover massive walls, 20m high on average. Kuelap fortress is 500m long and 100m wide!





Walls are curvy, sinuous as the snake, to resist earthquakes.





The huge entry is an effective protection, as the corridor is going more and more narrow from a three men width outside to one man's inside.





The fortress is millenium, conquered by the Incas 50 years before the arrival of the Spanish.





Chachapoyas houses are round, with high walls and cone-shaped thatched roof.





There are around 400 houses in the fortress.





The imposing building is now invaded by vegetation and little bawler parrots.





Chevrons on the back house represent the body of a snake whereas the diamonds on the front house represent the head.





These ornaments symbolise the eyes of the Puma



Leymebamba

This little quiet town is situated upstream the valley in the south of Chachapoyas and Kuelap.





Mummies have been discovered around the lake of Condors. It's two days walking away from Leymebamba.





Chachapoyas vase.



Gocta

Another local curiosity we discovered is Gocta waterfall. It seems tiny, from here. Let me tell you Gocta is - only - 771m high and is ranked as the third higher waterfall in the world!





Let's get closer...





This is down the fall. Human for scale!





As exposed, I'm having an extremely violent shower. It's like being in the middle of an unleashed sea, receiving huge packages of water, brutally and right in the face!





Some wet and blown tourists





The waterfall creates a microclimate around itself, a kind of jungle.





An atmosphere of Selva.





The progeny of Chachapoyas is very welcoming. We strongly recommend you this region!

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