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The department of Amazonas is a land of microclimates each containing an extensive amount of biodiversity. Additionally, the department was home to pre-Colombian civilizations which have left stunning remnants of their once great culture. The capital of the department, Chachapoyas adds to the diversity of ecology and culture as it is home to picturesque colonial architecture. The streets of this city are narrow and it contains a main square as common throughout Peruvian cities and maintains colonial mansions and balconies which add to the flavor of the area's mixed culture. Arguably the most impressive destination of the department is the ancient fortress of Kuélap. Often referred to as the Machu Picchu of the north, Kuleap was built by the Chachapoyas civilization, an ancient tribe of warriors who resisted the Incas imperial expansion. The Gocta Waterfall is also located in this department and is the third highest waterfall in the world. As it was only recently discovered in 2005, the Peruvian government is making plans to develop it for tourism .

Amazonas Tourist Information

The department of Amazonas is famous for its cloud forests, areas with stunning microclimates and whose intense humidity favors the exuberant growth of plants like orchids and bromeliads and animals like the spectacled bear and the Andean cock of the rock. The capital, Chachapoyas, full of narrow streets and containing a large Main Square, maintains beautiful mansions and lovely balconies as evidence of its Colonial past. This is the launching site for excursions to the fabulous citadel of Kuélap, built by the Chachapoyas, a fierce people that for years resisted the expansion of the Incas. Located at the top of rocky cliffs and guarded by a gigantic defensive wall, Kuélap contains in its interior circular compartments with decorative friezes. There are also other places in the area you can also visit like the Lake of the Condors, also known as Lake of the Mummies, the Chinata Falls, and the Karajía Sarcophagi, amazing two-meter high clay tombs placed on the side of a rocky mountain.

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altitude
altitude
Capital:  Chachapoyas (2334 masl / 7657 fasl)
Lowest point: 230 masl / 755 fasl (Santa Maria de Nieva)
Highest point: 3450 masl / 11319 fasl (Chuquibamba)
 
 
Weather
weather
The city of Chachapoyas has a temperate climate with rains in the summer months (December-April). The average annual maximum temperature is 23ºC (68ºF) and the minimum is 13ºC (51ºF). 
 
 
Access routes
Access routes
By land:
Lima-Chiclayo-Chachapoyas: 1409 km / 876 miles (21 hours by car) 
Lima-Trujillo-Cajamarca-Chachapoyas: 1716 km / 1066 miles (30 hours by car)
Tarapoto-Moyobamba-Chachapoyas: 361 km / 224 miles (7 to 8 hours by car)
By air:  At the moment, there are no flights available.
 
 
Distances from Amazonas to the following cities
Distances
Bagua   (Province of Bagua) 162 km (101 miles) / 3 hours and 45 minutes
Jumbilla   (Province of Bongara) 130 km (81 miles) / 3 hours and 30 minutes
Santa Maria de Nieva  (Province of Condorcanqui) 570 km (354 miles) / 7 hours and 30 minutes by land to Imazita and 5 hours by boat to Nieva
Lamud   (Province of Luya) 29 km (18 miles) / 1 hour
Mendoza   (Province of Rodriguez de Mendoza) 84 km (52 miles) / 3 hours
Bagua Grande   (Province of Utcubamba) 92 km (57 miles) / 3 hours.     
 
 
Airport
airport
Chachapoyas is no bus stationi airport ; however, most of the businesses are located on 3rd and 4th blocks of Jiron Ortiz Arrieta, 9th block of Jiron Salamanca, 3rd block of Jiron Grau, and 4th block of Jiron Libertad.
 
 
Overland Transport
Overland transport
Chachapoyas: There is no bus station; however, most of the businesses are located on 3rd and 4th blocks of Jiron Ortiz Arrieta, 9th block of Jiron Salamanca, 3rd block of Jiron Grau, and 4th block of Jiron Libertad.
 
 
Health Centers
health centers
- Chachapoyas. Hospital General Base Chachapoyas. Jr. Triunfo cdra. 3. Tel. (041) 47-7016 / 47-7792.
- Chachapoyas. Hospital Higos Urco (ESSALUD).  Jr. Ortiz Arrieta esquina con Jr. Amazonas. Tel. (041) 47-7052 / 47-8086.
- Bagua. Hospital de Apoyo Bagua. Av. Principal 980. Tel. (041) 47-1159 / 47-2064.
 
 
Local Police
police station
- Chachapoyas. Jr. Amazonas 1220, Chachapoyas. Tel. (041) 47-7017.
- Bagua. Av. Héroes del Cenepa 1700. Tel. (041) 47-1416. Atención: 24 horas.
- Bagua Grande. Av. Chachapoyas 2318. Tel. (041) 47-4403.
 
 
Craft market
craft market
Chachapoyas: The handicraft shops are found on the 7th block of Jiron Ortiz Arrieta, 8th and 9th blocks of Jiron Amazonas, and 7th block of Jiron 2 de Mayo.
 
 
Postal Service
postal services
- Chachapoyas. Serpost, Jr. Ortiz Arrieta 632, Chachapoyas. Tel. (041) 47-7019. Atención: L-S 8:00-20:00.
- Bagua Grande. Jr. San Martín 350. Tel. (041) 47-4505. Atención: L-S 8:00-16:00..
 
 
Tourist Information
tourist information
Regional Government of Amazonas www.regionamazonas.gob.pe
IPerú, TOURIST INFORMATION. Email: travel@perutravel.pe or click here
   
 
Transportation
 
Company Name
Contact
Web Site / Email
Empresa Comercial Transportes Zelada S.R.L
(041) 47-8066 
Empresa de Transporte Móvil Tours S.A.C
(041) 47-8545
Empresa de Transportes Virgen del Carmen
(041) 50-2690
Trans Service Kuelap S.R.L
(041) 47-8128
Turismo Civa S.A.C
(041) 47-8048
Amazonas Cuisine
 
Typical dishes :

Among the typical dishes of the department, the following are most representative:

  • Purtumute: Boiled beans with mote sancochado (individual grains of corn boiled with cilantro).
  • Cuy con papas: Seasoned, cooked, and fried Guinea pig served with a potato stew, toasted peanuts, chopped onions and hot peppers.
  • Juanes de yuca: Grated and boiled yucca mixed with rice and either chicken or beef jerky; this mixture is wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed.
  • Tamales: Mashed corn filled with beef, wrapped in banana leaves, and steamed..
  • Humitas: Mashed corn filled with seasoned beef or cheese, wrapped in corn shucks and steamed.
Enrollado: Roast beef, rolled and stuffed with ground pork and chicken meat, raisins, and hard boiled egg.
Tumbes cuisine
Juanes
 
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