Chachapoyas hold-up

Trip Start May 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2011

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

After two weeks spent on the river and one week in Iquitos, it is time to hit the fast farword button again. The Israeli couple whom I've been travelling together with for the past few weeks need to catch their boat to the Galápagos and share my haste. Together we make a run for the north coast while visiting a pre-Inca city along the way.

After our midday flight out of Iquitos we connect to a bus that drops us off in the middle of the night at some lost town from where a colectivo (a taxi that only leaves when full) brings us an hour further down the road to the town of Chachapoyas. Here we spend a few hours on the streets - together with an amiable lady selling cold coffee and cheese sandwiches - waiting for the 3:30pm combi (minibus) which goes as far as Kuélap, an immense pre-Inca walled city which was re-discovered in 1843. It was built over a period of 200 years, from AD 900 to 1100 and contained three times more stone than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Some careful reconstructions at the site are still taking place today.

Arriving to Kuélap at 6am we have to wait for another two hours in the cold before the site opens up. After having to share the site with nobody else than the archaeologistcs at work, we get back down around midday and spend the next four hours trying to talk us onto a ride that has both space and is willing to take us back.

After finally having scored a ride back to Chachapoyas, we take another colectivo to connect to a night bus to the coast. No problems to catch sleep on the bus that night.
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