Amazonian forest and the Andes


Tarapoto - Cajamarca
9 Days
Fixed departure:
All year long
Group size:
4 to 12 people

  Green Tours | Price

Pax based on double occupancy
US$ 2230.oo

Single suppl.
US$ 590

Detailed Itinerary

Amazonian forest and the Andes

9 days tour

Day 1 Tarapoto
From the Tarapoto airport you will be transferred to Pumarinri lodge. The lodge is located next to the Huallaga River at an altitude of 657 feet above sea level, in a canyon that crosses the last Andes mountains before going into the Amazon.
After lunch we will hike into the forests near the lodge, a 60 minutes’ walk allows to experience the rich biodiversity of the forest: different kind of insects, birds, medicinal plants, giant trees and ferns, colorful frogs. The walk takes us up to the Pucayaquillo creek, where (if you want) can take a relaxing bath.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2 Tarapoto
Morning visit to the ACONABIKH Center, a protected area created for the conservation of the rare hummingbird “Koepcke’s Hermit”. The hummingbird feeders set up in the area attract almost 15 species of hummingbirds. In the forest interior it is possible to see an active lek of Yellow-headed Manakins where the colorful male birds “dance” to catch the attention of the females.
We will drive back to the lodge for lunch and have some rest during the hottest hours of the day, or we can go out on a walk looking for colorful poison dart frogs. By the end of the afternoon we will visit the traditional fishing port of Chumia.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3 Tarapoto - Waqanki - Abra Patricia
After breakfast we will take the road heading north, to the mountains of Alto Mayo. On the road we have a visit to Waqanki Orchid Center, a private nature reserve hold by a local family. They have an orchid garden with more than 150 species, and a series of hummingbird feeders where it is possible to see up to 20 hummingbird species.
The road to Abra Patricia runs across the “Alto Mayo Protected Forest”, one of the most diverse mountain forests of Peru. Along the road we could see Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks flying above, and there are several hummingbird feeding stations with lots of hummingbirds around.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch, Dinner.
Days 4 Abra Patricia - Cocachimba
We will have a morning hike along one of the several trails around the lodge. The cloud forests here are full of orchids, insects and colorful birds. Just after lunch we will leave Abra Patricia and get into a more typical “Andean landscape”, with pastures and crop fields.
On the way to the next lodge we will stop at Huembo Private Reserve. A nature reserve created to protect the endangered “Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird”, one of the most beautiful but rare hummingbirds on Earth.
Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch.
Day 5 Gocta waterfall
This morning we will hike for about five hours to visit one of the highest waterfalls in the world. Its 2,530 feet drop, in two impressive falls, provides a spectacular show and an experience you'll always remember. As you walk through the rainforest you'll see orchids, giant ferns and trees, and lots of birds.
After a rewarding lunch you will have all the afternoon to rest in the lodge, or you can take a short walk on your own to explore the village.
Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 6 Kuelap - Leymebamba
Today we will visit the famous site of Kuelap. This is an imposing building on the edge of a deep cliff. Recent archaeological research points out that this could have been an important religious center dedicated to the Chachapoyan gods, probably the god of thunder and rain, and others. The citadel is surrounded by an impressive wall nearly 2,000 feet long, the gates or main entrances are constructed as narrow walled passageways that continue to narrow as they reach upwards and into the fortress, so the entrance to the complex would remain restricted.
After lunch we will drive to the charming small town of Leymebamba for the overnight.
Overnight at Kentitambo Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7 Leymebamba - Cajamarca
Morning visit to the Leymebamba Museum, one of the most interesting museums in Peru, where you can see the collection of more than 200 Inca-Chachapoyas mummies in a superb state of preservation. Furthermore, this museum has the largest collection of Kipus in Peru.
The journey from Leymebamba to Cajamarca, passing by the Marañon Canyon, is one of Peru's most spectacular drives, offering astonishing scenery. The Marañon River forms one of the world's deepest canyons, and you will descend through different ecosystems from over 10,500 feet to the town of Balsas at 2,790 feet. After crossing the river you then ascend back through the various habitats to nearly 9,850 feet.
Overnight in Cajamarca.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch.
Day 8 Cajamarca
First place to see in Cajamarca is Cumbemayo, an archeological site where one of the oldest South American aqueducts is found. The purpose of the canal was to provide water to the people that inhabited the valley of Cajamarca 3,500 years ago. The site is surrounded by a landscape of cliffs and Andean grasslands that make the visit a relaxing experience in contact with nature. Optionally you can follow an ancient Inca trail; this trek will allow you to discover the traditional way of life of the people of the Cajamarca's countryside.
In the afternoon we are going to explore the city center. Cajamarca is a charming Andean city well known for its colonial architecture, mainly because of the colonial churches from the XVI to XVIII centuries like the Cathedral church, San Francisco church, and the Belen Monument Complex. In the year 1,532 the city witnessed the fall of the Inca Empire by the Spanish conquerors. In the city center still stands the “Ransom Room”, where the Spanish kept prisoner the Inca Atahualpa. This “room” also represents the moment when the Spanish and Inca cultures merged with one another and changed the history of Peru.
In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Cajamarca.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 9 Cajamarca
Today we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Meals: Breakfast.

Travel tips and recommendations

  • Weather: Most days in the Tarapoto area will be warm and humid, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Some rain should be expected, from brief showers to sometimes extended periods of heavy rain. Most days in the Andes will be dry and slightly cold, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions.
  • Time Zone: Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. Also, it is in the same time zone as US Eastern Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight-savings time.
  • Immunizations: Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Electricity: 220 volts in all cities and lodges.

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