Revash: a pre-Inca mausoleum with a cross

The mausoleum above the Laguna de las Momias (lake of the mummies) was beyond my budget, but I was told that the 12 or 15-hour hike to that lake and site is just unforgettable. I hope to do it someday. Nonetheless, I had the chance to visit the mausoleum of Revash.

There are two ways to reach Revash: the easy one and the hard one (unless you rent a horse). Eventually, I ended up doing both routes. First of all, let me tell you this: this archaeological site is near to the top of a steep mountain, as usual in pre-Inca and Inca cultures. So, please, take this piece of advice in case you can not afford to rent horses.

First, go on public transportation to Santo Tomas a village where there is not any hostel but villagers can give you a room. Not only one family let me overnight at their home but also they gave me a huge dinner and breakfast the next morning. From this village it is about two hours to the mausoleum. The most remarkable feature of this mausoleum is some crosses painted and carved on the walls of the tombs.

After visiting the mausoleum, you can take the hard route on the way down though, so it is more relaxing, so to speak. It is about two or three hours to reach the turn-off to the city of Chachapoyas.

Next post: a typical market at Yerbabuena.

Related posts:

The peaceful life in the countryside

Hues of the cloud forest

Chachapoyas draft maps

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4 Responses to Revash: a pre-Inca mausoleum with a cross

  1. Ya sea que elijas la costa, sierra o la selva, siempre seras bienvenida, Margaret!!!

    Algo que los visitantes concuerdan sobre los peruanos, es que somos muy amistosos.

  2. Margaret says:

    Geniales! Tanto la experiencia como las fotos. Estás despertando mi interés en visitar (de nuevo) ese país vecino del norte!
    Saludos desde Chile!

  3. Rafael, tu como fotografo experto sabes reconocer las buenas tomas. Las fotos fueron tomadas por Kristina Stalnionyte, periodista y fotografa lituana que tuvo la amabilidad de permitirme utilisarlas en mi blog.

    El respeto que sintieron nuestros antepasados por la vida despues de la muerte los llevo a colocar estas tumbas en lugares casi inaccesibles pensando en la eternidad, y no se equivocaron.

  4. Rafael says:

    Que buenas fotos Sergio
    Estas construcciones en la ladera me hacen recordar a las construidas por los indios llamados Indios Pueblo al sur de Estados Unidos cerca de México. Al parecer fue una muy buena forma de protegerse tanto de los enemigos como de los rigores de la naturaleza.

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