Tarapoto
Tarapoto

This "sweltering rainforest metropolis" straddles the base of the Andean foothills and the edge of the jungles of eastern Peru

Tarapoto
Tarapoto

A noisy little town dominated by motorcycles

Tarapoto
Tarapoto

The town that substituted cardboard seat coverers for meter maids; no burnt butts here.

Tarapoto Market
Tarapoto Market

Junge cuisine staples of fish, grains, chocolate, purple corn

Tarapoto Market
Tarapoto Market

A few types of local Amazonian fish

Tarapoto - Amazon cooking
Tarapoto - Amazon cooking

Grilling up juanes (bundles of steamed rice with fish or chicken wrapped in a banana leaf), meat, and plantains

Tarapoto - regional Amazon cuisine
Tarapoto - regional Amazon cuisine

Amazonian dish called "patarushca" - shrimp or fish served in a bath of tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, garlic and sacha culantro (a type of cilantro) wrapped in a flavorful bijao leaf

Amazonian Inspired Food
Amazonian Inspired Food

This dish is called "Ninajuanes" - beaten eggs wrapped with bijao (heliconia) leaves and cooked in the oven.

Tarapoto
Tarapoto

Amazon Snake potion, an aphrodesiac served at La Alternative Bar

Collectivo
Collectivo

Our transportation from Tarapoto to Chachapoyas shared with 13 other people packed to the gills - inside and on top

Pomocochas Lake
Pomocochas Lake

On the way from the lowland jungle of Tarapoto to the highland of Chachapoyas. This is the habitat of the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird

Near Chachapoyas
Near Chachapoyas

The spectacular highlands around Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

Main square of white-washed buildings and the cathedral

Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

The town of beautiful wooden balconies

Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

Pedestrian street (note the balconies)

Around Chachapoyas
Around Chachapoyas

The landscape is rife with ledges containing "tumbas" - ancient tombs. Sadly most have been looted. But still there is much in the way of ruins and ancient sites to be discovered in the unexplored area.

Chachapoyas Museum
Chachapoyas Museum

Mummy taken from one of the cliff tombs. Note her hair is still intact.

Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi
Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi

Mother and child

On the trail from Karajia
On the trail from Karajia

Tourists can hire a horse instead of walking. Here the locals are coming up the trail at the end of the day.

Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi
Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi

Blankets and stirrups - locals provide tourists with horses for the trail to the tombs

Karajia Sarcaphagi
Karajia Sarcaphagi

Six decorated clay figures served as tombs for ancient Chachapoyan leaders and warriors.

Karajia
Karajia

Human bones lie scattered at the base of the cliff containing the sarcaphagi - an eerie sight.

Gocta Andes Lodge
Gocta Andes Lodge

Gocta Falls is the third highest waterfall in the world

Chuck & Linda at Gocta Falls
Chuck & Linda at Gocta Falls

"Dscovered" by the outside world in 2006, the Falls were known to the locals who believed that a mermaid lived at the base

Butterfly
Butterfly
Cock of the Rock
Cock of the Rock

Peru's national bird

Colorful Bromeliads
Colorful Bromeliads
Vibrabt bromeliads
Vibrabt bromeliads
Gocta Falls
Gocta Falls

The Northern Highlands is a mecca for orchid lovers

Wayra workshop in Cocachimba
Wayra workshop in Cocachimba

Wayra is a non-profit that helps women improve the marketability of their textiles and helps get them into the crafts economy

Gocta Falls
Gocta Falls

Limeños Rocio and Agosto are building their house and working to protect the community and fiorest

Kuelap
Kuelap

Artist rendering of Kuelap showing the 400 circular stone dwellings atop the high walls

Kuelap
Kuelap

Twenty meter high stone walls surround this ancient pre-Incan citadel

Kuelap
Kuelap

The ancient citadel is an oval 700 meters long perched on the edge of a cliff top and surrounded by high walls

Kuelap
Kuelap

Three narrow entranceways forced would-be enemies to enter single file, making them vulnerable.

Kuelap
Kuelap

One dwelling has been reconstructed

Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone friezes in characteristic rhomboid or zig zag design

Kuelap
Kuelap

Ruins of the foundations of 400 circular stone dwellings contained within the protective walls.

Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone figures carved in the walls

Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone figures carved in the walls

ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

The surrounding countryside, habitat for the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird

ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Center for the Spatuletail Hummingbird sits surrounded by deforestation

ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Many species of hummingbirds are found at Huembo

Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird
Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird

Photo of the male in the Huembo visitors center

ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Santos waves us goodbye as we leave Huembo