Today you will visit the mysterious site of Kuelap (note this is a panoramic visit in the area only, as the site itself is currently closed due to maintenance work). For years Keulap was believed to have been a Chachapoyas fortress, yet the archaeological evidence now suggests that this was principally a religious and ceremonial site.
The next morning, you’ll visit the sarcophagi of Karajia. The figures are 2 metres high and are made of a mixing of clay, straw and pebble, which is then laid over a structure made of wood. A chamber with the shape of a pear protected the mummy which was sitting down and wrapped in deer skin.
On your final day in this area, you’ll enjoy a lovely walk-through forest and farmland to the foot of the world’s third highest waterfall. Amazingly, the existence of these falls was not known to the world until they were spotted by a German explorer in 2006! Local people lived in fear of them and stayed away, owing to their ancient legend of a dangerous enchantress, the mermaid that lived in the falls.
Our walk takes approximately three hours each way, and along the route we have a good chance of spotting the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Peru’s national bird. We can spend some time here enjoying the refreshing mist of the falls and enjoying the surrounding forest, viewing hummingbirds, toucanets, and, with luck, a troupe or two of capuchin or woolly monkeys. During the dry season when the volume of water is not too ferocious, those willing to face the chilly waters (and perhaps the mermaid!) can bathe in the pool beneath the falls.