The trek to Laguna de los Condores is a tough one and it is highly recommended to ride horses to get there from Leymebamba. Our tour starts with a couple of days of acclimatization to see the cliff sarcophagi of Karajia and the citadel of Kuelap. The Laguna de los Condores (Lake of the Condors) is south of the village of Leymebamba and the trek usually takes 9-10 hours to get there. You stay the night in simple accommodation.
The visit to the tombs is a full day excursion that takes you round the end of the lake, past the remains of an old Chachapoya settlement. Once in the forest, you need to climb wooden ladders to gain the ledge where the tombs are located. The tombs are now empty after archaeologists recovered their contents in 1997. You can still see pictographs painted on the cliffs and appreciate the setting and the importance the deceased held for the ancient people. On our return to Leymebamba we will visit the Museum of Leymebamba that houses the mummies and the other finds before returning to Chachapoyas.
Day 1 Chiclayo to Chachapoyas
Travel day fro Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Night in Hostal Casa Vieja.
Day 2 Excursion to Karajia
Visit the sarcophagi of Karajia. Night in accommodation in the Utcubamba Valley.
Day 3 Kuelap and Leymebamba
Tour of Kuelap and drive to Leymebamba. Night in La Casona de Leymebamba.
Day 4 Trek to the Laguna de los Condores (10-12 hours)
Horse trek to Laguna de los Condores. Night in farmstead.
Day 5 Hike to the tombs
Full day hike around the lake to the cliff tombs. Return to the farmstead for the night.
Day 6 Return to Leymebamba
Return horse trek to Leymebamba. Night in La Casona de Leymebamba.