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Chachapoyas Revash Mausoleums and Museum of Leymebamba Full-Day Tour
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Chachapoyas
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The Museum
Nice modern with a number of amazingly preserved textiles, but the most interesting part is the more than 200 mummies that have been recovered from the burial sites.

Plan on spending a good couple of hours in the museum.

The chullpas ruins should book in advance with a guide, and if you need to hire a horse have them call ahead so you will have one waiting.

My husband & I enjoyed seeing this interesting series of chullpas, or stone tomb chambers, nestled in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Utcubamba River, and being the only tourist visiting that day made it even more enjoyable.

It's a very steep hike up, and I we had been hiking for the last 3 days I chose to take the horse and ride up. Hubby has bad knees so this was the only option. I am so glad that we did even though my horse did not get the memo that it was his day to work. He kept stopping to eat what ever he could find along the way, but my husbands horse was eager to stay on track. I have to tell you a couple of times the horses did slip and back slide a bit as there are many loose rocks as you climb.

The horses make it possible for anyone who is not in peak condition or has physical problems to get to this lovely spot. If you have wanted to get off the beaten path, but afraid you can't do it because of physical limitation, it won't be a problem here if you take the horse. You also will be stimulating the local economy by providing work for a tour guide, and local guide with his horse.

If you do hike from my prior experience in Peru this trail will require some conditioning. You are hiking at a higher altitude, so it can be quite strenuous. You will gain (don't quote me) something like 1,500 feet during your hike so make sure to bring plenty of water with you and a snack. Our guide wore hiking boots, but the horse's guide wore loafers, and barely broke a sweat. He also did not speak English, so an English speaking tour guide might be advisable as well.

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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This museum was built by the Austrians and is quite literaly in the outskirts of the outskirts. Very limited options to get to the musuem as the tours from Chachapoyas don't typically go there. If you are lucky enough to find a tour, grab it. It was well worth the visit to the museum and the cliffs.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

The tour companies in Chachapoyas can set this up for you although may require a minimum of 4 people. Be wary of giving them money up front if you are only one or two people. It may be better as some others have done to try to do this from Leymebamba if you have that flexibility.
However it is well worth the effort. If you aren't up to the hike, which is steep and slippery, you can hire a horse and arriero. Be wary if your tour company does not mention that the arriero also expects to get paid! We came by a back route, crossing over a stream, and there was no one collecting admissions fees. We were able to go just up to the ruins, although the path does start to get narrow and I was afraid to go too far in.

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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Our guide (who we had already engaged before arriving in the region) had hired horses, which were waiting for us at the trail head for the first leg that covered a rather steep incline up, up, and up. We hiked at least another 30 minutes beyond where the horse trail ended to a natural rest stop (no bathroom, of course, just a couple of flat boulders to sit on, catch our breath, and soak in the fantastic view out, beyond, and above us). The REVASH sign was posted here and pointed straight up to the cliff to the ruins which were very visible from this point. Of my party of four, I decided to wait there for the others to make the climb. They all did manage to reach the ruins, but in fact, had to crawl on hands and knees in a few places where the trail became nearly non-existent. Our guide explained the significance of the designs still visible on the walls, the status of those ancients taken here for their eternal rest, who was allowed to carry the mummies to the site, the significance of the eastern orientation of the mausoleum, etc. It took the entire day to make the drive to the trail head, manage the climb AND the descent, and then drive back down the steep mountain gravel road to our hotel in Lemebamba. It was already dark when we stopped for supper at a restaurant along the way where we'd left our orders for fried trout that morning and quite late when we got to our hotel. But, we were thrilled to have spent another wonderful day immersed in the significant history of the region, as well as soaking up all the wonderful scenery that never seems to end in northern Peru.

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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We had a private taxi from Leymebamba to the beginning of the path (1h), then a 2h-hike up to Revash. You can go up there and walk along the little houses, but don't go over the 2nd house, it's too dangerous and an American tourist died years ago after falling down...
Then 1h-hike down and the taxi came back to take us to the Leymebamba museum. Price of the taxi was 90 S, and it was arranged by the boss of La Casona de Leymebamba, a very nice place I recommend (115 S the double room, breakfast included, very kind and helpful people).

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