Lake of the Condors
(7 days / 6 nights – private service – from May to October)

Day 1: Cajamarca – Leymebamba

Airport picks up service in Cajamarca. Our car climbs the sweeping cold cordillera and descends into an oven dry valley to cross the main trunk Maranon River. Here we will see the growing of exotic tropical fruits in a micro ecological system. We continue to Leymebamba to spend the night. Meals: Lunch box and dinner

Day 2: Lake of the Condors

We saddle up early for an all day expedition into a zone that until a few years ago was unexplored; arrive at the Lake of the Condors. This mystic and natural place is a huge pristine lake surrounded by mountains and waterfalls providing water to the lake. The chullpa is perched high on a cliff above it, where the mummies were found. Our camp is nearby the lake in a rustic facility.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner

Day 3: Lake of the Condors

We climb up to the chullpa which Discovery Channel documented in 1998 when 219 mummies where recovered from this damp cloud forest. Despite being behind a waterfall in the rainy season, these mummies were better preserved than the ones from Egypt’s desert pyramids.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Leymebamba

We leave camp for the long trip back to Leymebamba on horseback.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch box 

Day 5: Leymebamba –Centro Mallqui Museum – Choctamal

Today we visit the best museum of the zone, the Centro Mallqui Museum, donated by the Austrian Government for this unique discovery in 1998 at Lake of the Condors. The 219 mummies are here along with many other artifacts. On the way to Choctamal we will see the Revash Ruins. We will stay at the Choctamal Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge gateway to Kuelap and Gran Vilaya.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch  box and dinner

Day 6: Choctamal – Kuelap – Chachapoyas

We will spend the day at Kuelap Fortress known as ‘the Machu Picchu of the North’. Kuelap has over 400 buildings inside 3 levels of walls, and is the largest stone structure in all South America. Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Chachapoyas – Chiclayo

Transfer to Chiclayo airport, for your evening flight back to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch box