Camayoc Foundation • Chachapoyas • Cultural history education • environmental science • Sustainable tourist development • PERU
"Camayoc" is derived from the Quechua language: "the one who protects & keeps".
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The Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird of Chachapoyas
Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird
Chachapoyas Peru
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 Guide to Chachapoyas
Guide to Chachapoyas
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  Inca Trail to Kuelap:
Hundreds of miles of unexplored Inca roadways criss-cross the Chachapoyas region.
Inca Trail to Cuelap
Chachapoyas Peru
  Kuelap reconstructed round-house:
Cuelap house
Chachapoyas Peru



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Kuelap Fortress Ruins
Chachapoyas Peru
KUELAP Ruins Chachapoyas / © Davarian  
Extraordinary archaeological sites, challenging mountain and cloud forest environs, and a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna privilege the Chachapoyas region.

Chachapoyas map Chachapoyas is located in north central Peru on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains.

Cultural history and environmental science education are urgent needs
for the people of Chachapoyas in the Amazonas Department of Peru. To bring a true sense of historic and cultural identity, and to provide economic opportunities a system must be in place to provide education and conservation awareness to the people of Chachapoyas.
The CAMAYOC Foundation Mission. Founded by Dr. Peter Lerche in 1998, the Camayoc Foundation responds to these urgent needs through lectures, educational classes, and the recent building of the Camayoc-Institute.

Peter Lerche Dr. Peter Lerche
Anthropologist Peter Lerche, author, historian, explorer, and authority on the religious world of pre-Inca Chachapoya, has lived in Chachapoyas over the past 25 years. Dr. Lerche's work as Director of the Department of Conservation of Archaeological Monuments and his research studying the Chachapoyas culture have resulted in the establishment of The Camayoc Foundation.
biography 

Sarcofagos of Karajia
Chachapoyas Peru
Sarcofagos of Karajia  
Clay tombs hold watch from the cliffs. Archaeological discoveries provide compelling evidence to the rich legacy of the Chachapoyan culture.


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Participation in scientific expeditions to Amazon high jungle areas and Andean mountain regions can be arranged for members interested in rugged exploration.


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 CAMAYOC News
March 22, 2006
German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff reports he has found one of the world's highest waterfalls located in the isolated northern jungle near Chachapoyas.
Gocta Waterfall Discovery
Chachapoyas: 3rd largest waterfall in the world.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Join us for a unique experience photo-documenting the diversity of wildlife and daily lives of the San Juan de YanaYacu Indians in the Amazon Rainforest.

Your Host:
National Geographic Photographer
Gordon Wiltsie:



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Iyacyecuj
Ancient burial cave
of warrior tribe

Peter Lerche heads up archaeology team to protect 600-year-old underground cemetery. Discoveries include five mummies, two of which are intact with skin and hair, as well as ceramics, textiles and wall paintings.
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Camayoc-Institute

 Expeditions you can join

Culture & Archaeology
Members are invited to join
culture & archaeology
special expeditions

Each Camayoc Member Trek involves a limited number of participants organized to provide an indepth experience visiting archaeological ruins and local communities.

Member trips:
Chachapoyas Archaeology &
Amazon Indians

 Plan Your Field Trip
Students & Groups
are invited to visit:
anthropology
archaeology
environ studies
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 Camayoc Explorations

Web Journal
 • Chachapoyas
    Shubet Mountain


On-line Magazine Articles
 • Quest for the Lost Tombs:
National Geographic September 2000
by Peter Lerche


 • Gocta Waterfall:
Washington Post story

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