The Sarcophagi of KarajiaThe Sarcophagi, know by locals as “Purunmachacos,” are associated with the Chachapoyas culture and are about 1000 years old. They form part of the archaeological complex called Chipuric, and are characterized by the unique form in which the dead were interred. The burial enclosures are connected laterally in groups of between 4 and 8 coffins, with their backs built into the cliff-side. Bodies are entombed sitting in a fetal position. The Sarcophagi are great anthropomorphic coffins, 2 meters tall, made from clay mixed with wood and rock. They depict a humanoid head and upper torso. All face west, looking over the river valley.

Location Access
Province: Luya
48 kilometers from
Chachapoyas to
2 hours by car
20 minutes on foot
from Cruspata to
the site
District: Conila
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Free entry Monday to Sunday
8:00 – 12:00 and
13:00 – 17:00