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Lost Cities of Peru – Chachapoyas and Leymebamba

Chachapoyas and Leymebamba Peru

The dense cloud forests blanketing the valleys around Chachapoyas, Peru hold many secrets. Swinging my machete to clear the brush we push on deeper into the unknown in search of archaeological sights shrouded in mysterious mythological tales.  Above, the tombs of ancients cling to the cliffs, now and then a human skull protrudes from the brush fallen from its final resting place. Clearing off the vines from a stone wall, patterns begin to emerge, these are not natural piles of stones, they are the remnants of a civilization long gone and swallowed by the jungle. It’s remote, hot, and took a lot of effort to get here, but damn do I ever feel like Indiana Jones! This is the wilds of Peru, welcome to Chachapoyas and Leymebamba.

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Travel Peru’s Off the Beaten Path, Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas, Peru

As the clouds roll down the mountain, the dense jungle foliage emerges. Further afield, structures clinging to the mountainside appear seemingly from nowhere. Climbing higher into the cloud forest towards this archaeological site it becomes ever more apparent that not many have been here as we must hack our way through this jungle. Arriving at the site we see mummies, sarcophagi and a series of human skulls littered about. This is adventure at its finest.

In a corner of Peru you have probably never heard of, sits a series of remote valleys in Northern Peru that have remained largely off of the regular tourist path. Home to the fascinating cloud people of Peru, Chachapoyas is shrouded in mystery with ancient pre-Inca sights being discovered daily. Wedged in between Peru’s Amazon jungle and Andean Highlands makes this region one of the most biologically rich cloud forests in the country. This is an area of Peru reserved for adventurers, this is Chachapoyas!

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