Portrait of the Laguna de los Condores Trek

Laguna de los Condores Trek 3 days

   Chachapoyas, Peru
   1800 to 3000 meters

About the Journey:

The mausoleums of the Laguna de los Condores were first discovered by local agricultural workers in 1996. A year later, two private organizations from Austria and Finland came to help preserve the archeological remains in order to avoid looting. These remains were sent to the village of Leymebamba, where they are now exposed at the newly built museum. On the lake, we can find 7 rooms used for funeral or mausoleums. They were built in the extension of a rock shelter in a scarp in front of the lake, 100 meters above its surface. A waterfall closes the front creating an ideal environment for the conservation of the funeral remains. The walls are made of stone plastered with mud and decorated with paint and zigzag friezes. In the interior they had two levels, the first floor was filled with low-ranking workers, and the higher the position, the higher its ranking. So at the top, you would find the masters, the wise and priests. Throughout the cliff, you can find other tombs that are inaccessible and only seen from the lagoon.



Most of the trail is muddy so we will provide rubber boots and horses toto carry our stuff (and anyone who wants to rest). After breakfast, we start walking to La Muralla for lunch (10 km hike), where we can find several types of vegetation during the trail. Afterwards, we will continue to the pass, “La Fila” (7 km hike), at 3,700 meters, and continue our descend into the forest, arriving to the shelter at 4 pm (8 km). We will leave all the gear, set everyone in their rooms and take a quick hike to the top of the hill to get a first impression of the lake. At 6.30 pm we will eat dinner and then everyone can relax and prepare for the next day.


Today we start by visiting the lake (25 minutes walk) after breakfast. We’ll use a boat and paddle to reach the other shore of the lake, where we will continue hiking for 30 minutes uphill to reach the mausoleums. Then, we will continue our trek by hiking 2 hours across the dense forest into Llaqtacocha, a residential site that had more than 130 circular stone houses and some rectangular ones. Thanks to the archaeological excavations, remains of Inca ceramics were found, which indicates that the place was occupied after the submission of Chachapoyas culture to the inca Empire. After that, we will go back to the lagoon, where we will fishtrouts and enjoy them on a delicious dinner at the cabin.


We will wake up early, eat breakfast, and begin our journey back. Once we arrive, we will visit the Museum and return to Leymebamba

What's included:   +

  • English speaking professional guide with many years guiding in Leymebamba; first-aid certified
  • Brief session before the trek
  • Private transportation to the start of the trek and back to Chachapoyas
  • Entrance to the museum of Leymebamba
  • First-aid kit, 'ambulance' horse
  • All acommodations during the trek
  • All meals during the trek
  • Horsemen, horses (can carry up to 5kg of your personal stuff)

What's not included:   +

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (highly appreciated)

Reservations:   +

Once your payment is done, you spot will be automatically reserved. However, please keep in mind that we require at least three people for any departures to be confirmed. For more information please visit our Cancellation Policy

More Information:   +

Chachapoyas culture remains a great enigma. A great archaeological work is yet to be done to reconstruct its history. Known as the Warriors of the Clouds, as they settled on top of the mountains, in a geographical region distinguished by clouds and fog. They had contact with other cultures such as wari, Cajamarca, Moche and you can find vestiges of them. They were not only warriors but also great architects, engineers, astronomers and great merchants. You can find semi-precious stones that do not exist in Peru but in Chile or Ecuador. Although they knew gold, they did not work on it. Their textiles were based on cotton, not on auquenids, and they possibly sold and exchange it.

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