Inland, in the Andes of Northern Peru, this off-the-beaten-track area offers ancient pre-Inca sites and little-known waterfalls. The spectacular walled city of Kuelap hides the remains of a culture that fiercely rivalled the Incas. Seldom explored yet fascinating are the red ochre cliff tombs of Revash and the ancient, intricately carved, three-metre-high Karajia sarcophagi. The small town of Leymebamba is home to a fascinating museum with a renowned collection of more than 200 mummies.
Gocta Falls has been declared one of the highest in the world with stunning views that can be enjoyed from a distance or from along a five-kilometre-long trail. The surrounding cloud forest is inhabited by colourful orchids, toucans, monkeys and the eye-catching cock-of-the-rock.