Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
134Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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There are innumerable archeological sites in these mountains, Hundreds are known and who knows how many others are still undiscovered. This is an area of wild and difficult to navigate mountains with few roads. There are several tour agencies in town selling tours to the main sites but, being the independent soul that I am, I decided to head to the sarcophogi of Karajia on my own
The roads here are rough dirt roads. The kind of roads that 4-wheelers in Colorado negotiate for their weekend fun and games. Here they are the only roads and there are few cars and only a handful of collectivos. In fact, I'm not sure I saw a private car the whole time I was in Chacha! What you do see is people walking on these roads and you have to wonder how far they walk! Some have burros or horses to carry their loads (and occasionally ride on). Although electricity has reached this area, it's basically a pretty primitive and traditional life.
We got to Cruz Pata, parked the car and our guide led us to the steep trail to the site. The hike out would be a killer...but on we went. The sarcophigi of this site are perched high on a cliff above what used to be a Chachapoya village
We headed back to the car and, as predicited, it was a tough hike at over 3000 meters elevation. But we made it and headed back to Luya. As expected, there were no other collectivos in evidence so good thing we hired the car. But I decided that I would definitely book a tour to go to Kuelap. The bus there leaves at 4 am. I don't think so! Tour it is!