Leymebamba, Northern Peru, Peru
At a Glance
- Small eco-lodge just outside Leymebamba in Peru's Amazonas region
Just four bungalows and duplexes, all overlooking the spectacular Utcubamba Valley
Friendly hosts to look after you throughout your stay
Fantastic chef who prepares delicious meals with produce from the lodge's garden
- A short drive from the incredible Leymebamba Museum
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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The best time to visit the north of Peru is from April to October, when temperatures and humidity drops and there is generally much less rain than the winter months from November to March.
To start planning your holiday to Rangra Wasi
Rangra Wasi is a charming eco-lodge in the Chachapoyas region of Peru, ideally placed for exploring the famous Leymebamba Museum, Kuelap ruins and the cliffside tombs of Revash. Expect comfortable accommodation, delicious food and warm hospitality.
Perched in the hills just outside of Leymebamba in the north of Peru, Rangra Wasi boasts a wonderful location with impressive views across the Utcubamba Valley. This is a charming base for exploring the Chachapoyas region which is home to a wealth of cultural and natural attractions, the closest of which is the famous Leymebamba Museum which contains over 200 mummies. The mummies were discovered at the nearby Lake of the Condors and are exceptionally well preserved, proving for a slightly gory yet insightful visit.
Rangra Wasi itself is a family owned and managed lodge with just two bungalows and two bi-level cottages, all of which come complete with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and terraces to maximise the views. They are simple yet comfortable and plenty of blankets are provided to combat the cold nights. Service is highly attentive and personalised, with a good level of English spoken. Dining here is a standout, with a fantastic chef serving up different three-course dinners daily using ingredients grown in the lodge's vast gardens, as well as an impressive breakfast spread. This is a perfect option for a relaxing stay in the southern part of the valley.
There are two bungalows and two duplex cottages, each of which has a spacious bathroom, full length windows and a terrace with valley views. The duplex cottages boast a small living area and a second bedroom with twin beds making them ideal for families.
The main lodge building contains a lounge area with fireplace and dining room with open kitchen where guests can enjoy all their meals and curl up with a book in the evenings. There is space outside for al fresco dining where you can also admire the many hummingbirds which flit through the garden to enjoy the feeding stations dotted around.
The lodge is a short drive from the Museo Leymebamba, home to over 200 Chachapoyan mummies rescued from grave robbers from the Lake of the Condors and housed alongside their funerial artefacts in this charming museum. The nearby town of Leymebamba is laid back and rich in culture and tradition and well worth a visit. The lodge can also be used as a base for visiting the nearby tombs of Revash and the impressive hilltop ruins of Kuelap which date back to pre-Inca times.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
Rangra Wasi has a home from home feel, with friendly owners and cosy corners to curl up in when the sun goes down. The two highlights of my stay were the views which can be enjoyed from all of the rooms, and the food. Willy is an incredible chef and every dish is a work of art, using ingredients grown on property. On top of this, breakfast can be enjoyed al fresco as hummingbirds flutter about in front of you. The rooms are comfortable and plenty of blankets are provided which is needed at this altitude, you can really feel the cold set in as the sun goes down. A few homely touches such as rugs wouldn't go amiss but that aside it's a really lovely place to stay and explore the highlights of Leymebamba and the southern part of the Utcubamba Valley.
Gocta Waterfalls Trek
Explore the natural wonders of Gocta Waterfalls, deep in the heart of the Peruvian cloud forest.
Explore Kuelap, nicknamed the Machu Picchu of the north, an important Chachapoya citadel and the largest ancient stone structure in South America.
Leymebamba Mummy Museum
Visit the community run Leymebamba Museum, home to over 200 Chachopoya and Inca mummies.
Mausoleums of Revash
Pay a visit to the mausoleums of Revash which sit perched on the cliffside of the Utcubamba Valley, boasting spectacular views.
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Location & directions
Leymebamba, Northern Peru, Peru
Located a 5-minute drive from the small town of Leymebamba and its amazing museum, which sits at the southern end of the Utcubamba Valley.
How to get there
A 3.5 hour drive from Chachapoyas airport or a 2.5 hour drive form the lodges in Cocachimba which make for a great combination.
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