Tarapoto
Tarapoto

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

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Tarapoto
Tarapoto

A noisy little town dominated by motorcycles

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Tarapoto
Tarapoto

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

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Tarapoto Market
Tarapoto Market

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

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Tarapoto Market
Tarapoto Market

A few types of local Amazonian fish

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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

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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

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Amazonian Inspired Food
Amazonian Inspired Food

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

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Tarapoto
Tarapoto

Amazon Snake potion, an aphrodesiac served at La Alternative Bar

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Collectivo
Collectivo

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

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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

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Near Chachapoyas
Near Chachapoyas

The spectacular highlands around Chachapoyas

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Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

Main square of white-washed buildings and the cathedral

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Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

The town of beautiful wooden balconies

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Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas

Pedestrian street (note the balconies)

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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.

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Chachapoyas Museum
Chachapoyas Museum

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

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Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi
Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi

Mother and child

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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.

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Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi
Village outside Karajia Sarcaphagi

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

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Karajia Sarcaphagi
Karajia Sarcaphagi

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

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Karajia
Karajia

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

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Gocta Andes Lodge
Gocta Andes Lodge

Gocta Falls is the third highest waterfall in the world

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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

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Butterfly
Butterfly
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Cock of the Rock
Cock of the Rock

Peru's national bird

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

The Northern Highlands is a mecca for orchid lovers

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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

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Gocta Falls
Gocta Falls

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

One dwelling has been reconstructed

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Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone friezes in characteristic rhomboid or zig zag design

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Kuelap
Kuelap

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

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Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone figures carved in the walls

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Kuelap
Kuelap

Stone figures carved in the walls

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ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

The surrounding countryside, habitat for the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird

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ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Center for the Spatuletail Hummingbird sits surrounded by deforestation

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ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Many species of hummingbirds are found at Huembo

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Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird
Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird

Photo of the male in the Huembo visitors center

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ECOAN Huembo Reserve
ECOAN Huembo Reserve

Santos waves us goodbye as we leave Huembo

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