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Leymebamba to Celendin, Peru - 6hrs To Travel 143kms

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2011   » View Photoset (38 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The bus left Chachapoyas at 6am, it would take 9 more hours to reach Celendin and a further 3hrs to get to Cajamarca by early evening.

Leymebamba

We arrived in
Peru Photo - Amazing mountains and green valleys around Leymebamba.
Amazing mountains and green valleys around Leymebamba.
Leymebamba at 8:20am and stopped for about 30mins for breakfast. I had a walk through the town of Leymebamba and had a quick look around, it is a lovely little place with a stone church, narrow streets and tiled-roof houses. I visited the market and sat in the plaza waiting for the bus to leave.

Leymebamba Mummy Museum

Leymebamba is best known for its museum Museo Leymebamba which has over 200 mummies and their burial offerings from the Inca and Chachapoyas on display. The museum opened in June 2000, the mummies were recovered from the Lake of the Condors in 1997 by an emergency archaeological project - Centro Mallqui, this was due to the risk of looters and vandals destroying the collection. I wish I had had the chance to visit the museum while I was in Leymebamba, there just wasn't enough time, here is the museums website, it's in Spanish and English. It is open from 10am until 4:30pm, 7 days per week and costs $10 Soles entry fee for adults.
Peru Photo - Walking from the markets to the plaza in Leymebamba.
Walking from the markets to the plaza in Leymebamba.

6hrs Bus to Celendin

For the next 6hrs including a lunch break we travelled through the gorgeous countryside as we started to head west towards Celendin. The distance from Leymebamba to Celendin is not great, 143km. The reason it takes close to 6hrs is due to the winding and unpaved road through some very rugged and mountainous terrain. We were at times on the edge of some very high cliffs on the sides of huge rocky mountains. When we crossed the river we had another 55kms to go to get to Celendin, this would take another 2hrs and 40mins as we headed back up into the hills. By around 3pm we finally arrived in Celendin.
Peru Photo - Crossing the river halfway between Leymebamba and Celendin.
Crossing the river halfway between Leymebamba and Celendin.

Places to Visit

Celendin is at around 2600m above sea level, it has beautiful lakes and waterfalls (Sarauz), archaeology at La Chocta, stone formations, hotsprings, an Inca trail and traditional markets. You can visit Huangashanga 3hrs north of town - a traditional village, the stone-forest Bosque de Piedras and ride horses to the lakes. Or visit the thermal waters of Llanguat and bathe in black mud pools. There are not many tourists in Celendin so it is a very authentic place to visit.

Big White Hats

The central plaza / park has a nice lightblue church on one side and a clocktower on the other side. Up on the hill is a lookout point and a huge Jesus statue, my guess is that it's about 11 meters high. The streets have some colorful houses on them and the local men and women wear big white hats. Near the bus terminal, outside on the traffic roundabout is a monument to Augusto G. Gil Velasquez, he was the man who sold the hats. I believe there is a neighbourhood in Celendin that also bears his name. There is also a plaza a in Celendin where the central roof structure is that of a big white hat.

3hrs to Cajamarca

Leaving Celendin in a co-op taxi-van crammed full of people for the 3hr trip to Cajamarca, the road is around 100kms and winding.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Leymebamba to Celendin (Peru) to:


Map location: Leymebamba to Celendin, Peru. The distance from Leymebamba to Celendin is not great, maybe around 100km or a little more, the reason it takes close to 6hrs is due to the winding and unpaved road through some very rugged and mountainous terrain. We were at times on the edge of some very high cliffs on the sides of huge rocky mountains!
 A : Cajamarca - Peru 66 kms 66 kms straight distance | 3hrs 48mins 3hrs 48mins by car (156 kms) | 4hrs 33mins 4hrs 33mins by bus (156 kms) (156 kms)
 B : Chachapoyas - Peru 71 kms 71 kms straight distance | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by car (161 kms) | 4hrs 1min 4hrs 1min by bus (161 kms) (161 kms)
 C : Cajabamba - Peru 86 kms 86 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (236 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (236 kms) (236 kms)
 D : Huamachuco - Peru 108 kms 108 kms straight distance | 7hrs 9mins 7hrs 9mins by car (288 kms) | 8hrs 34mins 8hrs 34mins by bus (288 kms) (288 kms)
 E : San Ignacio to Chachapoyas - Peru 152 kms 152 kms straight distance | 5hrs 39mins 5hrs 39mins by car (304 kms) | 6hrs 46mins 6hrs 46mins by bus (304 kms) (304 kms)
 F : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 180 kms 180 kms straight distance | 8hrs 4mins 8hrs 4mins by car (403 kms) | 9hrs 40mins 9hrs 40mins by bus (403 kms) (403 kms)
 G : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 217 kms 217 kms straight distance | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by car (416 kms) | 9hrs 30mins 9hrs 30mins by bus (416 kms) (416 kms)
 H : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 156 kms 156 kms straight distance | 10hrs 5mins 10hrs 5mins by car (428 kms) | 12hrs 6mins 12hrs 6mins by bus (428 kms) (428 kms)
 I : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 184 kms 184 kms straight distance | 9hrs 1min 9hrs 1min by car (501 kms) | 10hrs 49mins 10hrs 49mins by bus (501 kms) (501 kms)
 J : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 272 kms 272 kms straight distance | 10hrs 28mins 10hrs 28mins by car (523 kms) | 12hrs 33mins 12hrs 33mins by bus (523 kms) (523 kms)
 K : Chimbote - Peru 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 10hrs 5mins 10hrs 5mins by car (540 kms) | 12hrs 6mins 12hrs 6mins by bus (540 kms) (540 kms)
 L : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 11hrs 19mins 11hrs 19mins by car (629 kms) | 13hrs 34mins 13hrs 34mins by bus (629 kms) (629 kms)
 M : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 249 kms 249 kms straight distance | 12hrs 47mins 12hrs 47mins by car (659 kms) | 15hrs 20mins 15hrs 20mins by bus (659 kms) (659 kms)
 N : Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura - Peru 299 kms 299 kms straight distance | 13hrs 28mins 13hrs 28mins by car (665 kms) | 16hrs 9mins 16hrs 9mins by bus (665 kms) (665 kms)
 O : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 180 kms 180 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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