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Levanto, Kuelap, & Chachapoyas
(5 Days / 4 Nights)

Day 1 - Levanto
You will be met at either the airport or bus station and transferred by bus to Levanto, the most significant city of the zone at the time of the Inca invasion and also in the Spanish colonial era. We will see the colonial church with its high carved alter which is 5 years older than Lima, this is one of Peru's oldest cities not far from where the Inca was captured. Later continue to the fortified ruins of Yalape overlooking the city, and also see the Inca Canal, which brought water to Levanto from miles away. Nearby is Colla Cruz (Colla for its loyal Inca residents transferred here from the Colca Canyon area, and Cruz meaning cross roads). This was a major crossroads of the empire's roads with over 2000 miles of major roads going north to Ecuador & Colombia, south to Huanuco and Cuzco, and east to Cajamarca (where the Inca was captured) to that Central Andes highway System and on to the Coastal Highway System. We will see the Inca Military Garrison guarding this intersection. Spend afternoon in Levanto where we donated a ceramics kiln to the community to reproduce pottery in the ancient style. This is the zone's first restoration, which revealed a major defeat of the Incas by the Cloud people in the revolution against the Spanish. Stay night in our Levanto Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 2 - Levanto - Chachapoyas
After breakfast you will take a short Trek (3 hours) down Inca Trail to Chachapoyas. Later in the afternoon a visit a newly discovered world class cave with unbelievable formations, with ancient artifacts. Overnight in a comfortable local hostel. (B/L/D)

Day 3 - Chachapoyas - Choctamal Lodge
We will go to see the spectacular 8-foot high funeral sarcophagus of Karajia, on steep cliff. From there we will go and see more sarcophagus higher on a sheer cliff than any building you have ever seen, and an ancient colonial mill. Overnight in Choctamal Mountain Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 4 - Choctamal Lodge - Kuelap - Chachapoyas
We will spend the day at Fortress Kuelap known as "the Machu Picchu of the North". Kuelap has over 400 buildings inside 5 levels of walls, and is the largest stone structure in all South America. Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress, which is estimated to have 3 times more volume of materials than Egypt's largest pyramid. On the way to Chachapoyas we will observe the burial Tower of Macro located on a cliff overlooking the Utcubamba River. Overnight at a Colonial 3 star Mansion. (B/L/D)

Day 5 - Chachapoyas - ( depart to Lima, Cajamarca, Trujillo or Chiclayo )
You will be met and transferred to the airport or bus station. (B)


Class 1 2-3 4-9
First $1939 $1349 $1169

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