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Archeological site


These “sarcophagi” are tall statues built out of clay, straw and stone. They guard tombs, which have been looted but are still interesting to visit. Each one protects a mummy, which was buried in the fetal position, as with all mummies in Peru. The statues are also called Purunmachus, which in Quechua means “old men.” Yes, that’s the same machu from Machu Picchu!

They are located high on a cliff, which has saved them from looters. Here’s an article in English with more information about Karajía.


Go to the town of Cruzpata, 31 miles northeast of Chachapoyas (2 hours by car). From Cruzpata, you can hike about half an hour or travel on horseback for 15 minutes and walk another 10 minutes to the site. Visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Karajía is often combined with the Quiocta Caves in a full day tour from Chachapoyas.

Amazonas & Loreto


Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Gaston E.