Discover the ancient fortress of Kuelap where jungle and mountains meet. Learn more about the local way-of-life in a homestay while admiring the impressive natural beauty of this region. Get to know more about (and taste!) local organic coffee, one of Peru’s fastest growing exports, on a coffee tour.
This Kuelap home-stay and coffee tour has a bit of everything. You’ll visit ancient, mysterious ruins in the middle of beautiful natural scenery of both jungle and mountains. You’ll visit a local community and learn more about their life and work. You’ll stay a few nights with a local family in a homestay in the countryside where you’ll also get closer with nature and hike through some of the nicest landscapes. You’ll also learn more about (and taste!) one of the most popular export products of Peru on a coffee tour, when you visit a local organic coffee producer. Visit this beautiful and interesting region of Peru before the masses discover it!
Chachapoyas is the capital of the Amazonas region, a region in northern Peru at an elevation of 2,235 meters (7,657 ft. Located on the junction between mountains and jungle far from the Peruvian coast, Chachapoyas remains fairly isolated from other regions of Peru. This pleasant colonial settlement is now a busy market town and makes an excellent base for exploring the awesome ancient ruins left behind by the fierce civilization of the Chachapoyas (‘People of the Clouds’) as well as for discovering the impressive natural beauty, including cloud forests and lagoons, that this region has to offer.
The tour includes: All meals mentioned in the program, all accommodation, all activities mentioned, entrance fees, English-speaking guide and local Peruvian guide, mineral water throughout the tour, boots and rain coat, coffee tour and tasting.
The tour does not include: Flight to Chiclayo or bus to Chachapoyas, any meals not mentioned in the program, tips, Paypal or bank transfer charges and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In Chachapoyas, you will stay 3 nights in a comfortable family-owned hotel. For two nights, you will stay with Roberto and his family in a homestay in Rodriguez de Mendoza.
You’ll be arriving around 7:30 am to Chachapoyas by bus, where your guide will be waiting for you. We’ll check into your hotel, freshen up and get ready for the first adventure! Today, we’ll visit Huancas. Huancas is a nice little village close to Chachapoyas that is unique because of its renowned pottery handcrafting. This activity was pronounced National Cultural Patrimony in 2012. After meeting the local artists, sharing some stories with them and even trying out pottery ourselves, we will hike to the impressive Canyon of the river Sonche.
Meals included: Breakfast.
On our way to the fortress of Kuelap, we will visit the ‘Private Conservation Area’ of Huiquilla with its amazing biodiversity, a pioneer in conservation efforts in the Amazonas region. We will then continue to Kuelap, the impressive archeological site with over 450 constructions and other remnants of the Chachapoyan culture. After having admired this enigmatic place, which is even more impressive because of its natural surroundings, we will head back to Chachapoyas.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
On our way to Rodriguez de Mendoza, we will stop at the Palmtree Area of Ocol. Once we’ve arrived at Izcuchaca, we will start our 4-hour hike to the Laguna of Huamanpata. During the lagoon season, from February to July, we will get to Roberto’s homestay by canoe. During the dry season, the lagoon disappears and we can reach the house walking on the river bed for about 45 minutes. At the home stay, we will be pampered with delicious local food for lunch and dinner. After we have taken up some strength, we will decide which one of the many different excursions we want to do today: the orchid road, the observation road, the monkey road, or just a stroll through the lagoon with the possibility of fishing some trout. (This last option is obviously depending on the season.)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After a healthy breakfast with Roberto’s family and a last view on this beautiful region, we will hike to Rodriguez de Mendoza through another beautiful landscape. In the afternoon, we will visit the thermal bath of Tocuya, which is located close to the river Gebil and is well known for its water with medicinal virtues.
Meals included: Breakfast.
Mendoza is known for producing the best organic coffee, panela (non-refined sugar from sugar cane) and other products that have helped to grow the reputation of the local and Peruvian gastronomy. On this coffee tour, we’ll visit a family that produces coffee and that will explain the production process to us. We’ll also participate in several agricultural activities related to coffee. After the work, we’ll enjoy lunch with the family. After lunch, we’ll visit the coffee factory of the Agricultural Cooperative of Rodriguez de Mendoza, where we will learn about the selection process and the export organization. The visit will finish with a tasting of this excellent coffee.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
You have a free morning to explore the city, buy some souvenirs or just relax a bit. Buses to Lima or Chiclayo leave around 1PM.
Meals included: Breakfast
For those of you who can’t get enough, there’s the option to extend your stay with one day and visit the Gocta waterfalls!
In the morning we’ll travel up to the village of Cocachimba, not far away from the Utcubamba and our starting point towards the waterfalls of Gocta. The six viewpoints that we will pass on our 3-hour hike will offer us each a different view on this spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in the world and only discovered in 2006! On our hike we will have the opportunity to observe different kind of insects, butterflies, orchids and bromeliads. In the calmer parts, we might even see a “gallito de las rocas” or a famous Spatuletail Colibri.
Meals included: Breakfast.
We can help you to arrange transport from Lima or Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. There are topnotch luxurious buses from Lima (about 22 hours) all the way to Chachapoyas. If you don’t want to stay in a bus for that long, there’s the option to fly to Chiclayo and take the bus (about 10 hours) to Chachapoyas from there.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept single travelers for this tour. Prices are based on double occupancy.