Lima

Somehow I wasn’t thinking when I planned my stay in Lima. Even though I did stay there for 4 days, I did not get to visit many museums or do a lot of things. This was mostly due to the fact that the first two days were the inauguration of the president and the national holiday, while the last two days were a week-end. Some of the sights in Lima weren’t open at all in those 4 days. I did however manage to visit some museums and the city center and I had a look at the parades for the inauguration and the national day the next day. Continue reading

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Chiclayo

Chiclayo, originally, was just a stop to break up a horrifying 22h bus trip from Chachapoyas to Lima. It definitely merits a visit in its own rights though.
The city itself is not very reknown, however the closeby archeological site of Sipan, Lambayeque and Tucume are world famous. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Gocta

On my last day, I went to see a water fall. Locals claim that this is the third highest water fall in the world, with a total height of 771. The real height was only determined in 1996, when a group of scientists came to measure the length of the fall. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – La Congena

After visiting Kuelap, I decided that it would be fun to see what Kuelap may have looked like before restauration took place. La Congena is supposedly the most impressive unrestaured ruin in the surrounding. The very nice person from the tourist agency explained  to me how to get to Leimebamba indepedently and which buses to take. The options listed in my travel guide ( leave at 8pm, return at 3am, so almost 3days) sounded somewhat unthrilling. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Kuelap

On my second day in Chachapoyas, I decided to do their best known attraction, known as the fortress of Kuelap. Although nobody really knows whether it was a fortress or not.

The entire region is part of the cloud forest, in which the Chachapoya, a tribe about which little is yet known, once lived until the Inca came to make them part of their empire. Kuelap is their biggest known site and although the best promoted and restaured one. Continue reading

Chachapoyas – Karajias

My, almost, last stop on my road through Peru was Chachapoyas. A small town in the northern mountains of Peru, that is just starting to market some of its incredible sights for tourism and most of what can be seen is “going to be analysed by archeologist in 2012”, meaning there is not always a wealth of information available. Nevertheless guides are usually very enthusiastic and will happily share with you all that is known at this point in time. Continue reading