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“Nice landscape but otherwise underwhelming”

Sarcofagos de Karajia
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Full-Day Karajia Sarcophagi and Caverns of Quiocta Tour from Chachapoyas
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Chachapoyas
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I visited this site as part of a 4-day trekking trip in April 2013, but it can be a day trip either with any of the numerous tour agencies in town or independently via combi/local bus. The surrounding scenery and the walk to get to the sarcophagi and back is beautiful. As others have mentioned, the path down to the site (and up on the return) can be a bit tricky in the rainy season. It's basically a sloping dirt road pitted with holes and trenches, which easily becomes a muddy mess during rainy season. When I was there (tail end of rainy season), I was able to navigate without rubber boots. If it were any wetter, though, you should expect to get muddy even with wellies; quagmire would be an understatement. The locals do rent horses, but some people in the group who weren't familiar with riding found it hard to sit comfortably because of the slope and unevenness of the path.
The sarcophagi themselves seemed a bit underwhelming. There are 6 that are nicely preserved and nestled into the hillside, but you can only see them from a distance, so any observation of details would require either a zoom camera lens or binoculars.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I recommend this trip not only for what you see but for the adventure. Pictures of the Sarcofagos sum up what you see. But the adventure is in getting there. It is located in a remote area, surrounded by potato fields being farmed by the indigenous Quechua Indians. They were harvesting the potatoes at the time of our visit. The area is not commercialized in any way!

After ariving at the site, we had a 1.5 Km. walk to the Sarcofagos viewing area/trail. It seemed simple, but the farm trail you used to reach the sarcofagos was steep, hard clay and bumpy, somewhat hard to describe. However, getting there was the true experience, one that I will never forget.

Local farmers rent horses (reasonable priced) that you can ride to and from the viewing trail, and I recommend you do so. I also recommend that you wear strong hiking boots.

We took Eagle Tours for this adventure - they were fantastic. I can recommend them enough. They have an office in the central plaza area of Chachapoyas. I believe it would be difficult to travel to this area with out a day tour or a lot of time. It is a 2-3 hour trip by van from Chachapoyas to this area.

If you want an adventure I recommend visiting the Sarcofagos and the Caverns.

Thank Barbara K
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

There are five left in good order. A 30 minute hike will get you to a good viewing area. Any agency can get you there and line up a local guide.

Thank PeterBuckSeattle
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Not recommended during rain season, the path from the little village and the Sarcofagos was really muddy and difficult to walk. They should take better care of it. Despite that, the sight is amazing, I'm still wondering how they could put those sarcophagus up high on a ledge. It's quite inaccesible

Thank jcparedes
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