Sarcofagos de Karajia

Sarcofagos de Karajia, Chachapoyas

Sarcofagos de Karajia
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Jay P
25 contributions
We booked what turned out to be a 12 hour tour. We left chachapoyas at 8am for an hour drive to the caves for a 45 minute walk into the dark cave. We were provided lights and boots. The cave is peaceful and awe inspiring. We then went to a good lunch. The drive from lunch was an hour up and around a beautiful mountain side. Peru is amazing! The hike to the sarcophagus was about a half an hour down hill. The site is awesome and beautiful. It was $25 a person for lunch and a ride to both spots. Our tour kind was kind and spoke Spanish and enough English to work with.
My favorite trip in Peru so far.
Written January 30, 2020
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Gerry-Kerkhof
Almunecar, Spain131 contributions
Couples
We visited as part of a full day tour from Chachapoyas which included the Quiocta Caves. Whilst it's not a trip I'd recommend due to the many bone-rattling hours spent on the tour bus the visit to see the sarcophagi is well worthwhile. Personally I'd recommend trying to get a private half day tour there and not bother with the caves. From the nearby village you need to walk 1km down a fairly steep hill to be able to see this impressive sight. Horses are available from this village for visitors who don't fancy the return walk up the hill.
Written July 23, 2017
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Internationalgray
London24 contributions
Couples
It really is an interesting site and well worth visiting as a day trip. Don't miss some smaller sarcophagi on the cliff to the left of the main ones. You have to follow the path until you're directly below the main sarcophagi then turn and face the cliffs to the left, you'll see them about 3/4 of the way up.

Getting here on public transport is fairly easy and pretty cheap. Collectivos from Chachapoyas to Luya (5 soles) run frequently from near the market. In Luya the shared taxis to Cruz Pata (6 soles) depart from the same road (the collectivo guys can point you to the bench where you sit and wait). The driver will stop at the little ticket office (and will probably have texted ahead to the woman who runs it to make sure it's open!) then drive you to the path where you can walk to the sarcophagus.

To return you might have to walk down the road to the next village (8 to 10 mins walk) as the shared taxis don't always come all the way to Cruz Pata to collect people. You can also continue an hour down the hill to Cohechan where more frequent shared taxis and collectivos depart from the square (4 soles from Cohechan to Luya).
Written September 16, 2013
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Ryan W
Santiago, Chile289 contributions
Friends
The drive to Karajia is quite stunning and almost alone justified the cost of a tour. When we arrived in town we contracted with a local to guide our visit to the site for 20 soles ($6). It involved a steady downhill walk of about 30 minutes. We arrived at the cliff face where the sarcofagi are situated and I was surprised how small they are. The photos one sees tend to eliminate a sense of perspective. It was impossible to get close or to see the statues in detail. However, they are still quite interesting and truly unique among South American cultures. I saw a strange likeness to the moai of Easter Island. There isn't much to see at the cliff face although our guide gave us interesting information about how and why the sarcofagi were made by the Chachapoyas culture. We spent about 30 minutes at the cliff face before the uphill hike back to town. In town there is a small "museum" that consists of some very dusty bones devoid of information and guarded by a cheap padlock and ample spiderwebs. Karajia made for an interesting visit, but by no means is it a 5-star attraction.
Written July 13, 2017
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Explorergte
Quito159 contributions
Friends
This is well off the beaten track and its approx 1.30 hours from chachapoyas most of which is on gravel roads with lots of twists and turns and all the potholes this included!
Once you reach the site it is approx 3km trek To reach the site which is mainly down hill over rough terrain
Take your binoculars or have a camera with a great zoom as some of them are difficult to see
There is an option to take the horse back for 15 solis approx $5 I wouldn't have made it back if the horse hadn't been available as it is all up hill
As it's difficult to get to they have been relatively Undisturbed and the view is stunning
Written December 31, 2016
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robbiepaton2016
Knebworth, UK64 contributions
Couples
I give this a five star because it's one of those trips that you will look back on fondly more for the fun and games getting there. It's literally in the middle of no-where and the locals couldn't give two craps about it so there's no signposts or anything and unless you have a good understanding of spanish (being spoken to you in local dialect) you will spend much of the time wondering if this place actually exists. We took a bus to Cruzpata from Chachapoyas then managed to get a cabbie to take us up to the small village where you get booted out and pointed vaguely in the direction of the Sarcofagos. We had an old description from a guidebook so kind of trotted off down a mountainside and eventually ended up at the side of a cliff where we found them. They are very very cool if you are into ancient stuff - and considering they have been there untouched for centuries is great. It was clear a few unscrupulous types had nicked a few bones etc but generally they were untouched. The journey back was a bit hit and miss as there was no-one around back in the village so we just started walking and eventually a bloke in car stopped and picked us up (for a few scheckles). Great stuff
Written May 23, 2016
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Jack F
Washington DC, DC32 contributions
Solo
The pictures make the statues look like giant Easter Island-esque monoliths, but in reality, they are only 2 meters tall and on the side of a cliff, such that you can't get too close. If you have already seen Kuelap and Gocta and been down to Leymebamba and done a trek, THEN consider Karajia, but otherwise, don't prioritize it.
Written August 18, 2013
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Oriolekam
Macau, China142 contributions
Solo
Visited on my own cost and spent most of the time waiting for transportation.

Arrived at terminal Terrestre of chachapoya at 7am and waited for 1 hour to get to Luya. There I waited for 1.5 hour to get 3 persons going to cruzpata, the autocar would not leave until it got no enough passengers.

Arrived at cruzpata and buy your entry ticket for 5 sol, walked down around 25 minutes and you would arrive at the gate. Pushed the gate it was not locked, and walked all the way to see the first group of sarcofagos which consist of 6 statues. Continue to the end of the path where you could see the second group of sarcofagos at the other side of the cliff. For the last sarcofago is only one and the smallest, of rectangular shape. But it is not difficult to find, just only could be seen at one spot. At the end of the path with bars, there is a little platform where you will find a off track down to an open area. From there, you could try to find the 3rd sacrofago which is exactly at the left side of the 2nd group and near the edge of the mountain, surrounded by vegetation.

Please respect the site and don't draw or write on the wall. As it was like a cemetery and religious place to the ancient chachapoya people, you could find bones and skulls!
Written October 13, 2019
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Ernesto K
DeRidder, LA15 contributions
Friends
The trip is in your own. There are no roads that are adequate for tourists at this time. The ruins are breathtaking. The way back is very physically demanding. There are horses to rent if you want, I will recommend you to do that. Enjoy the experience.
Written September 27, 2017
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gary gilbert
62 contributions
Couples
A short 20 minute walk down from the town of Luya sitting on a cliff ledge you will find a group of pre-hispanic sarcophagi, with many more examples and styles spread throughout the region. The peoples who inhabited this area prior to the Inca conquest certainly had interesting burial rites, plastering the bones of their deceased relatives in bigger than life sarcophagi and setting them high in the cliffs so that they have a good view of the valley below for all eternity.
Written April 27, 2017
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