The Hidden World of Peru’s Ancient Cloud People

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Trip Level

Trip Level
This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate. Most hiking is between 7,000 and 10,000 feet and you can, for the most part, hike at your own speed. Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is a good bit of up-and-down over rugged, jungle-covered paths. Some hiking days are shorter than others, with one long hiking day (7+ hours) as we make our way up a jungled ridge between hidden Chachapoyan sites.

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head out for the activity of the day. The hikes range from 3 hours to one 7-hour hike over mountainous terrain. These are destination hikes to wonderful archaeological sites so there are no alternative hikes provided. As the trails are largely ungroomed and can be rocky and slippery, hiking poles can be very helpful. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in top physical condition for the trip. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking (especially over hills or rough terrain), running, swimming, bicycling, or stair-climbing exercise. Your feet should be fully prepared, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes.

We stay at a variety of unique hotels including a western-style hotel in Lima, an eco-lodge, an historic hacienda, and a spa hotel with natural hot springs. While some are basic, with rooms smaller than international hotels, they are all quite comfortable and all have en-suite facilities. Note that many hotels in Latin America have two twin beds. We can request “matrimonial” rooms (a single double bed) but cannot guarantee them throughout the trip.

We fly from Lima to the Cajamarca region, then have a 4-hour drive to Chachapoyas. Most days require a short transfer time from the hotel to our trailhead in a comfortable small bus. Our final drive back to Cajamarca is 8 hours but we will include many rest and photo stops where possible.


In the Chachapoyas region of Peru, known locally as "the eyebrow of the jungle," the climate is subtropical-highland, with an average temperature of 64°F and an average relative humidity of 74%.  May through October are the driest months, with sunny days and occasional clouds or fog but in mountains there’s always a chance of rain so bring rain gear. At night, the temperatures drop significantly and you will want warm clothing.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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