This "sweltering rainforest metropolis" straddles the base of the Andean foothills and the edge of the jungles of eastern Peru
Grilling up juanes (bundles of steamed rice with fish or chicken wrapped in a banana leaf), meat, and plantains
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
This dish is called "Ninajuanes" - beaten eggs wrapped with bijao (heliconia) leaves and cooked in the oven.
Our transportation from Tarapoto to Chachapoyas shared with 13 other people packed to the gills - inside and on top
On the way from the lowland jungle of Tarapoto to the highland of Chachapoyas. This is the habitat of the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird
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.
Tourists can hire a horse instead of walking. Here the locals are coming up the trail at the end of the day.
"Dscovered" by the outside world in 2006, the Falls were known to the locals who believed that a mermaid lived at the base
Wayra is a non-profit that helps women improve the marketability of their textiles and helps get them into the crafts economy
The ancient citadel is an oval 700 meters long perched on the edge of a cliff top and surrounded by high walls