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THE LAGOON OF THE CONDORS


Lagoon of the Condors or Lagoon of the Mummies, as well as he/she is known, it is located in a sector to the one that the residents of the area Ullilen denominates it to belong to a cattleman that has that last name; in the district of Leymebamba, county of Chachapoyas, limits with the region San Martin.

The town of Leymebamba is constituted in the reception center and tourist's distribution that have planned the visit to the lagoon of the Condors and that they arrive at the town through 2 approach highways that are: The first the highway that Celendín (Cajamarca) articulates With Leymebamba and Chachapoyas; and the second corridor: Chachapoyas. Leymebamba for where they arrive in their majority, tourists coming from San Martin and Lambayeque.

The journey toward the Lagoon of the Condors lasts among 8 at 12 hours and it will depend on the climatological (pluvial precipitations) conditions that hinder the access, it is also a condicionamiento, the physical state of the one who carries out the trip as well as the modality in that he/she carries out (walking or acémilas) it. In general the trip begins between the 6 and 8 in the morning with the purpose of to take advantage of the light of the day and to arrive to the destination among the 4 and 6 of the afternoon. You comes out of the city of Leymebamba for the highway to Celendín, the same one that drives to the Museum of Leymebamba, going by the community of May Two until taking the deviation that leads to Atuén; where it begins the one on the way to horseshoe that will accompany the penetration journey toward the lagoon.

To 1 hour and 30 minutes you arrives on the way to a sector Calm denominated Place that is characterized to be a place dedicated to the cattle raising and from where one can enjoy the landscapes of this area; the one is continued on the way to horseshoe ending up crossing the river of the Dairy that separates calm place with sector of Balm-gentle that you/they are characterized to have muddy parts.

The trip to the lagoon allows us to cross ecological different floors and to feel in an abrupt way the changes paisajísticos. After having traveled an area covered with vegetation characteristic of Andes Amazonenses, we arrive to the sector denominated Flagstones Bamba where the geographical aspect suffers a radical change, with the presence of pampas covered with ichu, as main vegetation, the temperature descends notably and the breathing is hindered. All these characteristics are characteristic of the region Jalca.

To 3 hours and 30 minutes one enters on the way in another sector to which is known as "The Wall", this it is a calcareous forest of stones of great extension, it is characterized by not being rocks of high dimensions but he/she gives the impression of being about constructions of base of this material.

The landscape is shown with the characteristics of this phenomenon geomorfológico for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then the ascent even begins toward the summit of the mountainous chain well-known place as the one he/she Opens up, to 3800 m.s.n.m., it stops then to descend for one hour in a dangerous road for stone being and mire. In the low part of the road he/she crosses the river Siogue to enter to the sector of the Keno that is at a hour of the House of Lodging of the Lagoon.

The lagoon of the Condors is located in the inferior part of a mountainous chain that is part of you are they Amazon, in a relief of Tropical Rainy Humid Forest, he/she has an approximate of 2 km. of extension and from the high thing their mirror of water leaves color negrusco due to its depth that varies between the 70 and 150 meters, besides the vegetation that surrounds it; this lagoon has its desfogadero in its margin left that pours its waters to the river Siogue, place where it is narrowed and it becomes possible the crossing toward the other side where they are the mausoleums.

Throughout the whole lagoon, inside what some day was a forest with diversity of trees and that today product of an indiscriminate and devastating pruning is not but that simple pampas; it can be evidences of the occupation Hispanic human pre, captured in stone walls, collapsed by the man's so much inclemency like of the nature. To this place he/she is known as Llacta Cocha and it is part of the ecosystem of the lagoon; next to the flora, where you could identify chachacama, chamanche, piniche, keno, siogue, orchids, pauco, elder, matico, culén, poleo, cedar, ferns, grass, bamboo, dwarf bamboo; the fauna is composed by bears, pumas, deers, fox, armadillo, torch, the chosca, hummingbird, organ pishco, parrot, lic lic, quetzal and other birds that are registered in an inventory that was carried out some years ago.

As mention it is made behind in paragraphs the evidence of occupation Hispanic pre it is in all moment, leaving clear that this man dominated and he adapted to a half geographical one rural, being his biggest sample the mausoleums that are in the mountainous chain that skirts the lagoon.

The access to this place is gotten traveling the border of the lagoon until arriving to the desfogadero, an area muddy product of the rains and the humidity of the lagoon, where a bridge of tree trunk has been improvised that makes dangerous its crossing, from where crossing a forest of bamboo giants beginning is given to the ascent to the place where the mausoleums are located. The road in many tracts you dangerous restitution for the mire, vegetation and the slopes that it is necessary to go up them for bamboo stairways adapted by the residents in some cases.

The Mausoleums are located in the central part of the rock that is erected on the lagoon, in a concavity, in which overcomes a fall of water that it serves as protection of these enclosures.

These architectural structures of character mortician are in square way made of adobe had with mud, on those that it has been decorated with iconography of yellow and red color. In their interior they have been more than 200 mummies in their funeral respective bale.

On the rocky coat that houses the enclosures it has been decorated with painting rupestre that you/they are divided in enumerated panels of left to right for further understanding; being these:

Panel 1: Located to the left end of the concavity next to the fall of water, to right side the lateral wall of a mausoleum is located and he/she has 2 representations of geometric figures and lineal lines.

Panel 2: It is inside the first mausoleum. This is the figure of a centipede.

Panel 3: It is located under a denominated space the terrace and it presents 4 you figure separately. It is about figures zoomorfas.

Panel 4: This is the panel with bigger quantity of figures (7) anthropomorphous and zoomorfas captured to the inferior right end of the third panel.

Panel 5: In the inferior right part of the terrace, he/she is distinguished 7 figures of anthropomorphous type and zoomorfo.

For the hardship of the place and the dangerous of the road, this resource should have a limited number of visitors.



LAGUNA DE LOS CONDORES 01
LAGOON OF THE CONDORS
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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



LAGUNA DE LOS CONDORES 09
LAGOON OF THE CONDORS
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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS



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LAGOON OF THE CONDORS


camcorder graphic EXHIBITION OF THE MUMMIES DE LEYMEBAMBA IN THE MUSEUM OF THE NATION.



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