We flew from Lima to Chachapoyas over the highest mountains in Peru. Snowcapped volcanoes and glacier mountain peaks barricade Chachapoyas to the south. Impassable river gorges cut the Andes Mountains parallel to Chachapoyas on the west. Amazon jungle lands push to the east and north boundaries of the Chachapoyas region. Even in our modern-day geographical boundaries isolate the Chachapoyas region.
Chachapoyas Town Plaza
Chachapoyas, capital of the department of Amazonas, is one of Peru's oldest cities. It was founded in 1538, by Alonso de Alvarado and still maintains a majestic Spanish influence due in a large part because of its isolation from tourism. At an altitude of 2335 meters, Chachapoyas is a prosperous city with sugar cane and coffee, orchids and tile-roofed mansions.
Gathering of the Gear: Chachapoyas Airport
Our arrival was quick to a bus on through Chachapoyas to the nearby village of Tingo. Just outside Tingo we gathered at the Chillo Lodge, our staging area for the expedition.