Gran Vilaya Trek 4 days
About the Journey:
Chachapoyas is the capital of Amazonas department, located in northern Peru. Its name derives from the archaeological culture of ancient Peru by the same name, also known as “Land of Cloud People” that left a number of large stone monuments, such as Kuelap, funerary buildings, sarcophagi and mausoleums that are found in the Laguna de los Cóndores and other treks. They were conquered by the Inca Empire in the time of ruler Tupac Inca Yupanqui in the 15th century, and then faced a great reduction with the arrival of the Spanish Empire. The Great Vilaya is composed of diverse archaeological sectors in the middle of the cloud forest, in the valley of Utcubamba river. There are no in-depth studies of the Chachapoyan culture, so most of the area remains a mystery. It has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Peru. It is estimated that there are approximately 5,000 buildings, built with geometric shapes on the walls that often represent humans and animals as the condor, snake and puma. Our trek will end at Kuelap, a mountaintop fortress, also known as the Machu Picchu of the North - except it’s older and less visited. Considered to be the largest stone ruin site in the New World, it is also one of the most impressive architectural structures in the world. It is surrounded by a perimeter wall that varies between 10 and 20 metres high. The most common theory claims that it was a sanctuary in which resided a powerful aristocracy whose primary mission was to administer the production of food while having the collaboration of supernatural powers that governed the atmospheric phenomena.
Day 1: Chachapoyas - Karajia - Huaylla Belen + Day 2: Huaylla Belen - Congon + Day 3: Congon - Pirquilla - Choctamal + Day 4: Choctamal - Kuelap - Chachapoyas +
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