Leimebamba District

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A farmworker near Leimebamba
A farmworker near Leimebamba
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Leimebamba (or Leymebamba) is a district of the province of Chachapoyas, located in the northern Peruvian department of Amazonas, in the valley of the Utcubamba River, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Chachapoyas.


Leimebamba is at approximately 2,000 meters above sea level, and the area is warm with a lush tropical vegetation. Although it can rain anytime of the year, during June to September the weather tends to be dry.

To the north, the Leimebamba District is bordered by San Francisco del Yeso District and Montevideo District, to the east by San Martín Region, to the south by the District of Chuquibamba; and to the west by the District of Balsas.

Leimebamba is located on a mountain near the River Utcubamba.

Villages and hamlets[edit]

  • Palmira
  • Leymebamba
  • Bonda
  • Guilipe
  • Muyucsha
  • Ishpingo
  • Pomacochas
  • Cuensol
  • Dos De Mayo
  • Plaza Pampa
  • Chururco
  • Lluy
  • Llushpe
  • Puchicana
  • Checo
  • Teaben
  • Felipa
  • Miraflores
  • Santa Dionisia
  • Gramalote Rural
  • Amuch
  • Parajillo
  • Shalcapata
  • Shishuayco
  • Potrerillo
  • El Salto
  • Triguicsa
  • El Tambo
  • Shonie
  • Monticunga
  • Siogue
  • San Miguel
  • Timbo Yambo
  • Jinez
  • Las Escobas
  • Chorrera
  • Sinuno
  • Lugar Tranquilo
  • Quingrimachay
  • Ñushta
  • Torongil
  • Lajas Bamba
  • Tambillo
  • Shival
  • La Vaquería
  • Monteseco
  • La Joya
  • Tajopamba
  • Quishuar
  • Laguna-C0ndores
  • Churo Churo
  • Corral Conga
  • Pampas Verdes
  • Cabildo Pata
  • Atuen
  • El Jardín
  • Orfedon
  • Israel
  • Chilingote
  • Agua Loca
  • Conjul
  • Chinchango
  • Cashapata

The majority of the villages and hamlets of Leymebamba District are situated in the mountains, some of them are situated near the Utcubamba River.


Leimebamba District was legally created on May 3, 1955, during the government of President Manuel A. Odria.

The Incas accompanying Tupac Yupanqui celebrated Inti Raymi in the area, and so named it 'Raymipampa'. From this, the name 'Leimebamba' is derived.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron saint of Leimebamba town, and a festival in her honour is held on July 16 every year. Celebrations include a special mass, a procession, a festival of local cuisine, street parties and fireworks.[1]

August 28, the Day of Saint Augustine sees another celebration.


There are two overland approaches to Leimebamba. It is located on the main road between Chachapoyas and Cajamarca, all of which is now paved.

Cajamarca has an airport, and from there it is an 8-hour bus ride to Leimebamba, taking in dramatic and ever-changing scenery, as the road, much of which is single-lane, climbs to a 3,200m (10,500 ft) pass after Celendin, then drops to the town of Balsas on the Marañon River at 850m (2,789 ft), before climbing again to the Barro Negro pass at 3,678m (12,068 ft), before descending again to reach Leimebamba (2,200m / 7,218 ft).

It is only 60 km (37 miles) from Chachapoyas to Leimembamba, along the Utcubamba valley, and public transport takes about two hours to make the journey. However, Chachapoyas does not have a commercial airport, with the nearest one being in Jaen, a 4-hour bus journey away.

Tourist Attractions[edit]

Leimebamba District is home to a large number of tourist attractions. The best known of these is the Leymebamba Museum, which contains many of the mummies found at the Laguna de los Condores site, along with their funerary offerings. It also has information about the region's flora and fauna, and a display of quipus found in the area.

The spectacular Laguna de los Condores itself can be visited, either by hike or on horseback. There are also many pre-Inca ruins in the region, such as Congona, Petaca and Diablo Wasi, most of which are thought to have belonged to the Chachapoya culture, but have been little studied. Reaching these ruins can be done on foot, with a selection of one-day and multi-day hikes.[2]

The town of Leimebamba has a small selection of accommodation, and can be used as a base to visit other attractions of Amazonas, such as Revash, Kuelap and Gocta Falls.



  • 2015 – 2018[3]
    • Mayor: Engels Escobedo Portal, del Movimiento Regional Amazonense Unidos al Campo.
    • Councillors:
    1. Carlos Escobedo Ocampo (Movimiento Regional Amazonense Unidos al Campo)
    2. Max Abraham Castro Zumaeta (Movimiento Regional Amazonense Unidos al Campo)
    3. Selva Begonia Borja Álvarez (Movimiento Regional Amazonense Unidos al Campo)
    4. Moisés Quispe Chávez (Movimiento Regional Amazonense Unidos al Campo)
    5. Manuel Agliberto Escobedo Hidalgo (Alianza para el Progreso)


Leimebamba is a head office of a parish that is served by two Priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chachapoyas.

  • Archbishop of Chachapoyas: Monseñor Emiliano Amtonio Cisneros Martínez, OAR.[4]

Coordinates: 6°40′59″S 77°46′59″W / 6.68306°S 77.78306°W / -6.68306; -77.78306


  1. ^ DePeru.com. "16 de julio – Fiesta Patronal de la Virgen del Carmen en el distrito de Leymebamba (Amazonas)". www.deperu.com. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  2. ^ "Leymebamba Hiking". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  3. ^ "INFOgob". www.infogob.com.pe. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  4. ^ Orden de Agustinos Recoletos Archived April 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine..