Luya Province

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Luya Province
Location of the province in the Amazon region
Location of the province in the Amazon region
Basic data
Country Peru
region Amazon
Seat Lámud
surface 3,236.7 km²
Residents 44,436 (2017)
density 14 inhabitants per km²
founding February 5, 1861
ISO 3166-2 PE-AMA
Website (Spanish)
Alcalde Provincial Diógenes Humberto Zavaleta Tenorio
Valle de Belen
Valle de Belen

Coordinates: 6 ° 18 ′  S , 78 ° 0 ′  W

The province of Luya is one of seven provinces in the Amazon region in northern Peru . The province has an area of ​​3236.7 km². At the 2017 census, 44,436 people lived in the province. In 1993 the population was 46,837, in 2007 48,328. The provincial capital is Lámud .

Geographical location

In the north the province of Luya is bounded by the province of Utcubamba , in the east by the province of Bongará , in the south by the province of Chachapoyas and in the west by the region of Cajamarca .


There are many sights to see in the province of Luya. Many ruins and historically interesting places, but also and especially an enchanting landscape that captivates everyone immediately.

Eye of the puma - typical wall decoration of a Chachapoya building

The fortress of Kuélap

Kuélap is the flagship of the Amazon region , a fortress that consists of huge walls that span a mountain and many hundreds of individual house structures from different centuries and is so huge that even after more than 20 years of research, archaeologists have only been able to research and restore a fraction. More about this mysterious fortress, which is located at 3000 meters in the middle of the northern Peruvian mountain jungle, can be found in the article Kuelap .


In Karajia you can admire coffins of the Chachapoyas culture in the form of giant clay figures, which have been in this place for several centuries and are hardly known despite their overwhelming beauty , in rock walls that protrude from the dense undergrowth of the wild mountain jungle . For more on these relics of a largely unexplored culture, see the Karajia article .

Part of the "Village of the Dead" ( pueblo de los muertos )

Pueblo de los Muertos

"The village of the dead" - that is the title of this historically significant place. As is so often the case in the Chachapoya culture , which is known for the burial of their dead in inaccessible places, this "village" or better this cemetery is high in a rock face and is very difficult to reach. It really is a real village that consists of several brightly painted houses and was used solely for ritual burials. More about this in the article Pueblo de los Muertos (Luya)

Quiocta cave

The "Caverna de Quiocta" is a huge cave that has so far only been explored in the entrance area, as the means and equipment for a fundamental exploration are lacking. But bones and remnants of small wall structures from centuries past have already been found in the entrance area. Because of degenerate grave robbery, especially by foreign tourists, the entrance to the cave is barred and only possible with a guide licensed by the city administration for a fee. Guides and the necessary basic equipment (rubber boots, flashlights) can be found on the Plaza de Armas in Lamud.

Gran Vilaya

In 1985, the US scientist Gene Savoy discovered a connection between many ruins previously known only to the local population and, through his studies, was able to prove the existence of a huge submerged city complex with an area of ​​over 65 km². The exploration of the city complex is still in its infancy, but from Chachapoyas it is possible to get to "Gran Vilaya" via Yumal and San Juan de Ocumal , to that forgotten city complex.

Valle Belén

Probably one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world is the "Belén" valley, which translates from the Spanish word "Bethlehem". In "Belén", as the local population calls the valley, you can see a river that meanders in wide loops towards the Marañón River . If you want to get into the valley, the best thing to do is to look for a taxi or a minibus in Chachapoyas that goes in the direction of Luya / Lamud or even better, straight to the Valle Belén. The course of the road is quite adventurous. The last part of the path can also be walked, but for larger tours through "Belén" it is advisable to hire a local guide, because strangers get lost every now and then.

Administrative division

Luya Province is divided into 23 districts. The Lámud district is the seat of the provincial administration.

District Administrative headquarters
Camporredondo Camporredondo
Cocabamba Cocabamba
Colcamar Colcamar
Conila Cohechan
Inguilpata Inguilpata
Lámud Lámud
Longuita Longuita
Lonya Chico Lonya Chico
Luya Luya
Luya Viejo Luya Viejo
Maria Maria
Ocallí Ocallí
Ocumal Collonce
Pisuquia Yomblón
Providencia Providencia
San Cristobal Olto
San Francisco del Yeso San Francisco del Yeso
San Jerónimo Paclas
San Juan de Lopecancha San Juan de Lopecancha
Santa Catalina Santa Catalina
Santo Tomás Santo Tomás
Tingo Tingo
Trita Trita

See also

Web links

Commons : Province of Luya  - Collection of images, videos and audio files