This citadel is located at 2850 meters above sea level, on the right bank of the Montecristo River, and sits on the flanks of a narrow tableland. Most buildings at Gran Pajatén were constructed by the Chachapoyas culture (1200 to 1500 AD) but radiocarbon dating shows the site was occupied from 200 BC. Central buildings are decorated with slate mosaics featuring human, geometric and bird figures. The ruins are extremely fragile and most are still covered with vegetation, leading the Peruvian government to restrict visitors to those with a permit from the Institute of Culture.

Location Access
Province:Mariscal Carceres
Distance:
Time:
350 kilometers
from Trujillo to
Chagual, 600
kilometers from
Lima to Trujillo,
30 minutes by
plane from Trujillo
to Chagual, 8
hours by car from
Lima to Trujillo
30 kilometers from
Chagual to Pataz,
60 kilometers from
Pataz to Gran
Pajatén
2 hours by car to
Pataz, 3 days walk
or by mule to Gran
Pajatén
District:Huicungo
Locality
Reference:
N/A
Site Details
Entrance Fee:
Opening Hours:
Museum & Other Services:
Restricted
access, requires
permission from
INRENA
N/AN/A