Museo de Leimebamba
Museo de Leimebamba
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Laetitia B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Such a disappointment! I wanted to see this museum so badly, I was expecting to see the mummies up close, because all the advertisement is centred on them (the adds, the visuals, etc). But instead, you can only see them from a distance of about 5 meters, which doesn’t let you see much details. And they are absolutely no explanations on their ages, initial locations, or information of any type, in English or in Spanish.

To top it all, the entrance cost 30 soles, which is a lot compared to the other museums of the country, especially since this museum is kinda small, and can be done in less than an hour.

It’s basically a scam.
Written May 28, 2022
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karren
Sydney, Australia686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Interesting museum, not very big but well set out. It has some replicas as well as some original exhibits. The mummies were fascinating. If you're in the area, pay a visit here and also to the Kentikafe across the road, for a coffee and to see the hummingbirds.
Written December 23, 2019
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zapatistaNYC
Brooklyn, NY49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
This is a great museum with some familiar things like quipus and mummies that you can see in several other museums in Peru, and lots of unique Chachapoya artifacts that you won't see anywhere else(the museum in the city of Chachapoyas is nothing special, so this is the best one in the area). Photography is not allowed in the inner halls where the artifacts are, but there is lots to see before you get to the inner halls. It's a modern, colorfully decorated facility, and the grounds and gardens are beautiful; take some time to walk all around.

The on-site restaurant wasn't open when I was there, and may not be open at all any more. The gift shop has a great selection of books on the local culture; some bilingual. Buy them here because you won't find them anywhere else. There is a great little snack bar across the street, very rustic and picturesque, though hours are unpredictable.

The museum is technically not in Leymebamba but in the "annex" town of Dos de Mayo. Take a mototaxi up from Leymebamba (7 soles, ten minutes), then walk back down for a pleasant, panoramic downhill stroll (20-30 minutes). There are beautiful views of the town and the lush nature, and you can hear the river purring below. (Bring sunblock.)

Most people visit the museum and Revash through a daylong tour arranged from Chachapoyas, but you don't need a tour to visit the museum, and you won't see any of the town through the tour. You can easily take a bus to Leymebamba either from Cajamarca (with a stop in Celendin) or Chachapoyas. You have to go through here anyway if you are traveling from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas, so why not relax and spend the night here in this beautiful little town. Both are long trips. but the views of the ceja de selva, or high jungle, are great.

It's a very small town, but there are several hotels, restaurants, and bodegas, and even a library! Local attractions include the workshop of local artisan Miguel Huaman (in Dos de Mayo), who provided some of the replicas in the museum and throughout the town. The souvenir shop in the plaza central doesn't have much, so Miguel is your man for wooden carvings. If you miss him, you can also see some of his work at Cafe Fusiones in Chachapoyas.

The expedition to the Chachapoya-Inka ruins in Las Congonas is a rather demanding hike, not for the out-of-shape. The owner of Hotel Petaca knows everyone in town and can arrange for a guide (you'll never find the ruins without one).

The most important thing to know about Leymebamba is that THERE ARE NO ATM MACHINES!!!! Bring plenty of money for the museum hotel, restaurants, books, and souvenirs (and the guide if you go to the ruins).
Written January 3, 2016
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Gtirman
Australia795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Very interesting and well laid out museum however the high cost and no photographs was a downer for me.
Opposite here is a great cafe with good food and hummingbirds
Written June 8, 2015
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Bruno V
AREQUIPA, Peru1,019 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Small but interesting museum, with information on Chachapoyas and Inca culture, presenting the findings at Laguna del Condor: mummies, pottery, quipus, etc. Better take a guide with you, because there ain't much information. It takes about 1.30 to 2 hours to have a nice overview. Bookstore, souvenirs and snack are closed because of Covid. It's about a 5 minutes ride from Leymebamba village.
Written November 24, 2021
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Matthew P
England18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
I cannot imagine a better presentation of the facts and mysteries of pre-Inca South America. An intimate museum, blessedly free of endless shelves of objects. The mummies are breathtaking
Written October 12, 2016
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r2rho
Hamburg, Germany18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
Yet another very well curated museum in Peru (this country has quite a few). Well placed into the surrounding environment and community, very didactic. Most people come only attracted by the mummies, but there is in fact more to the museum than these.

From Leymebamba, walk up following the road and a series of zig-zagging stairs for about 45min-1hr, or take a mototaxi for 10min.
Written August 30, 2016
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PeruNorth
Lima198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Business
A small, but highly informative museum, with a wonderful collection of well looked-after mummies that were found at Laguna de los Condores.

4 display rooms with exhibits labelled in Spanish and (dodgy) English, looking at Chachapoya culture thematically.

Re-creations of sarcophagi and the mausoleums of Revash.

Guiding only in Spanish, and no literature available to help explain the exhibits and context.

No cafe, but can go across the road to Kenticafe for refreshment.
Written May 13, 2016
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Graciela A
Oakland, CA350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
A few years ago numerous tumbs were found in the mountain overlooking Lago del Los Condores. Because of the persistent thread of the tumbs being sacked, the local population of the nearby town of Leymebamba, in cooperation with international organizations in Europe and North America, assumed the responsibility of curating and exgibiting these mummies from the Chachapoyas pre-Inca culture (and few from the time the Incas conquered teh Chachapoyas). The museum is first class and over 200 mummies are exhibited. We considered it a hidden trasure in a small sleepy Andean town and worth a detour from Chachapoyas. Our tour guide was very well informed. The prices in the gift shop were a bit unven (books were too expensive but clothing prices were quite reasonable).
Written November 9, 2014
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apoptosis
Texas9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
After driving to Leimebamba -- (90 Kms southwest from Chachapoyas ) we got there at aprox 130-2pm.
Lady at ticket booth made it a point they were closing in 1 hr and demanded rudely an ID to qualify a relative as a senior.
After I confronted her in Spanish she changed her attitude and became 'friendly'.
The displays and collection are not to be missed, specially the mummies that are kept in controlled climate glass vaults.
Build and maintained with generous contributions from Austria
Written June 15, 2014
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