on the river Utcubamba, is the capital of the Province of Chachapoyas in
the south of the Department of Amazonas, Peru. It is at a height of 2,334
metres above sea level in the Peruvian sierra or mountain region, and has
an average annual temperature of around 15oC.
It is located 1,191 km from Lima and 193 km from Moyobamba, passing through
Bagua and Pedro Ruiz Gallo.
It was founded on 5th September 1538 by the Spanish conquistador Alonso de Alvarado. The actual location of Chachapoyas has changed several times during its history.
One of the climatic features of this zone it the thick cloud and mist which covers the area during the rainy season. This probably gave Chachapoyas its original name of Sachapuyos, a quechua word which means "cloud mountain".
The city still preserves
many of its colonial mansions with large courtyards and clay tile roofs.
Some of these are now hotels, hostels and restaurants.
To find more resources on Chachapoyas and the surrounding area you can try a search for Chachapoyas on Google, my preferred search engine, look through the excellent Open Directory Project listings or check my Assorted links to Kuelap and Chachapoyas page.
and tour companies:
The mummies (see
my links page)
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