Chachapoyas- The Cloud People
Chachapoyas is a small Peruvian town located in what some people call "the eyebrow of the jungle" or in spanish (la Ceja de La Selva). Its unique climate of the Amazon rainforest edging with the Andes creates what is called a cloud forest. The unique atmosphere of cloud forests takes only 2.5% of the worlds tropical forests.
A local girl in near the archeological site of Kuelap uses leaves to create small weaved gifts for tourists.
The rose color on Many andean peoples cheeks comes from the combination of sun and harsh winds.
Two local kids do homework behind their mothers work desk, selling lamb at the local market. Chachapoyas, Peru.
Downtown streets, a woman walks through the streets in Chachapoyas, Peru.
Henry is a mapographer native to Chachapoyas. He works on mapping out different areas where undiscovered spots remain in the Chachapoyas region, where there may be remaining artifacts.
It is important that the local authorities map our undiscovered places to explore and preserve indigenous artifacts that may have pertained to the chachapoyan people or surrounding tribes. Often tomb raiders have previously visited sites such as Karajia, emptying the tombs or what artifacts were left.
When exploring for artifacts deep into the caves, local chachapoyans suggests smoking cigarretes to relieve the headache from fumes.
Peter Lerche is an archeologist that contributed to many of the archeological discoveries around Chachapoyas, including the discovery of 200 mummies in Leimebamba.
He also served as Mayor for Chachapoyas breifly after his discovery.
A newspaper depicts the discoveries of Karijía, in the Utcubamba valley. On the mountainside, rows of tombs were placed on the mountain side. The Utcubamba valley is located 48 kilometers from Chachapoyas.
Huancas is one of the 21 districts in the Chachapoya Region. During the Catholic festival "lord of the miracles" on October 18th the whole town is covered in festivel clothes.
Peters Daughter tries to nap under some blackets on the way out to the mountains.
Small one way roads are constructed on the side of the mountain, making traffic dangerous and difficult to pass.
Peters wife, searches for wild bulls nearing the territory. The bulls often destroy their gardens and are a threat to the children.
A boy grinds up sugar cane to create juice.
Once ground up, Carlos's sister finishes up the process of making sugar juice.
Peters daughters use candel light as the only light source in the mountains.
Hot steamed sweet corn is one of the main appetizers in Peru. Most meals within a day will usually include Corn, Rice, and Potatoes.
"Mama" Has a simple way of seeing life. She was born in the district of Santo Tomás and moved to the Center of Chachapoyas where she lives now with her husband and three grown children.
For recreation and night life, many locals in Chachapoyas enjoy singing Karaoke, which is one of the main activities for teens in the town.