Part of the trip between Chachapoyas (Amazonas) and Celendín (Cajamarca) follows the winding course of the Utcubamba river. Passing through small and picturesque towns, you are always surrounded by an intense green typical of the department of Amazonas. The most important town on the route, and one of the most beautiful, is Leymebamba. Its original name, Raymipampa, means the “party pampa”.
This town had an early Spanish formation, towards the middle of the 16th century, and maintains beautiful large houses to this day. In its main square, the stone church with a tile roof stands out. Its construction began at the end of the 19th century and it was inaugurated in 1905.
Leymebamba houses a museum of the same name. In it, the archaeological remains found in the Laguna de los Cóndores are preserved (after being rescued in 1997 to prevent their human predation). This museum is one of the best ways to understand and introduce ourselves to one of the most fascinating cultures of northern Peru.
The celebration of the Virgen del Carmen, guardian saint of the city, is celebrated from July 4 to 16. San Agustín, another important festival in Leymebamba, takes place on August 28th.