Enjoy Easter in the picturesque village of Leymebamba
28 March CHACHAPOYAS: City tour and Huancas
In the morning: We will visit the city of Chachapoyas, land of strong men and beautiful women according to Blas Valera, taking a route which will show the most important traditional houses such as Casa de Toribio Rodriguez de Mendoza and the Casa de las Dos Rosas. Then, because we are celebrating Easter we will visit the most representative churches of the city, for example, Santuario de la Virgen de Asunta, Templo de Nuestra Senora de Belen and Basilica Catedral San Juan Bautista.
In the afternoon: We will visit the village of Huancas which is found at 10 kilometres to the north of the city of Chachapoyas (approximately 15 minutes away). It is at a height of 2560 metres above sea level. This village is renowned for its women potters and this year the ceramics of Huancas have gained the recognition of the Cultural Patrimony of the Nation, in accordance with the Ministry of Culture.
The ceramics of Huancas are important because of their design and the motifs used. Also they are significant because of their traditional origins and the high level of innovation expressed in the decoration of the ceramics. These products have served to reinforce the identity of the local population and the value of its history.
29 March: CHACHAPOYAS – LEYMEBAMBA – GOOD FRIDAY
In the morning: We will visit the enchanting village of Leymebamba which is located two hours away from Chachapoyas. In this place we will visit the Museum of Leymebamba which hosts more than 200 mummies which were discovered in the Lake of the Condors, and the remaining artefacts which were buried as offerings with the mummies. Also we will find out about the work the Museum is doing to protect the community. Then we will go the the Cafeteria Kenty in order to see the hummingbirds there.
Visiting the Naupa Ethnographic room it is possible to learn a little more about the real life of the village of Leymebamba and the antiquities there. Finally we will visit the village church which was constructed with local stone.
In the afternoon: We will participate in the Good Friday celebrations, the most important day in the Easter period. This is a most solemn and spiritual occasion with the air full of incense and the people dressed in mourning clothes. On this day everybody congregates in the chuch to commemorate the death of the Saviour, which in our country includes the popular Sermon de las Siete Palabras (Sermon of the Seven Words) or the Sermon de Las Tres Horas (Sermon of the Three hours). Ths tradition was started in the colonial period with Father Francisco del Castillo S. J. The church bells do not ring on this day, the altar cloths are removed and there are no flowers. The shrines are also empty. All this contributes to the sense of loss. The congregation then goes on foot to the cross to commemorate the story of the Salvation.
In the village church after the sermon, there follows the Liturgy where the Veneration of the Cross takes place. Then the procession of the Holy Sepulchre begins.
30 March: KUELAP
All day: Before going to the Fortress of Kuelap we will stop in strategic places on route to help you understand the culture of Chachapoyas, both past and present.
Kuelap, is also know as “the Machu Picchu of the north of Peru”. Found at 3000 metres above sea level in the Amazonian Andes, in the region of Amazonas, Kuelap is proof of the amazing skills of the Chachapoyan people. This cultural group started to live in the area between 800 and 1400 A.D. Kuelap is an archaeological site which extends for approximately 450 hectares and is considered to be one of the most important Peruvian archaeological sites. From the walls of more than 20 metres in height, through to the funnel shaped narrow alleyways, all these things make this fortress a mysterious and surprising place.
31 March: CHACHAPOYAS
After enjoying the charms of the city of Chachapoyas there will be some free time to do some shopping.
DETAILS ABOUT THE PRICE
- Price per person
- Group service (not private)
- Price for 2013
- Payment is in soles through bank transfer
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and one dinner
- 3 nights accommodation
- A Spanish guide
- Transfers to the destinations
- Tickets for a traditional folk dance.