The Qapaq Ñan (Inca Trail) connected Quito in Ecuador to Cuzco in southern Peru. We trek through the heart of the Chachapoyas realm, exploring untouched mountain fortresses set amid superb Andean scenery. These are sites rarely visited by the area's locals, never mind foreign tourists.
There are cliff top tombs, mountain top citadels, many ruins overgrown by thickets that you may need a machete to uncover for yourselves, and ancient agricultural terraces.
The exciting, varied archaeology of the Chachapoya people and breathtaking verdant Andean countryside await those prepared for long journeys and basic conditions.
Chachapoyas is a remote area of sub-tropical valleys, half way down the eastern slopes of the Andes with vegetation typical of ceja de selva (eyebrow of the jungle). The jungle can be impenetrable, dense with low trees, bromeliads, bamboos, orchids and mosses.This is a paradise for wildlife.
Archaeologists have found tombs on inaccessible cliff tops, and ancient agricultural terraces. They built their cities on ridge tops in the cloud forest, and put their dead in cliff face mausoleums together with ceramics, textiles and other objects from their culture.
We also offer a short Tajopampa Treasures trek, or a stunning trek on our North Peru Special Adventure, or trek the Inca Trail or visit the Amazon.
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This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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