Leymebamba Museum in Amazonas

Leymebamba Museum in Amazonas

28 April 2023

The Leymebamba Museum was inaugurated in June 2000 as a result of the need to generate the technical and environmental conditions for the investigation, conservation and preservation of funerary bundles and other archaeological materials recovered by the Mallqui Center in the Laguna de los Cóndores within the framework of of the emergency project carried out in 1997. The construction of the museum is the result of the management of the local community and international support. In the design and construction, architectural techniques and traditional materials such as mud, wood, stone, vegetable fibers and tiles were used, which integrate with the natural environment and the cultural landscape. It has three rooms where ceramics, fabrics, metals, quipus and various artifacts from the Chachapoyas culture and the Inca presence in the region are exhibited, as well as an ethnographic room on the cultural continuity deeply rooted in the area.


The Leymebamba museum preserves more than two hundred mummies and funerary offerings found in the Laguna de los Cóndores in 1996.


Based on this finding, which was made by chance, the Mallqui Center promoted an intense effort to preserve an archaeological collection invaluable for history, where one can appreciate, first-hand, the close relationship that the Chachapoyas had with their ancestors. Awesome.


General information:

Height: 2250 ms. no. m.

Indispensable: Do not bring a camera (forbidden), sunscreen, cash.

Climate: min 11℃/ Max: 23℃

Schedule: 10:00 - 16:30

*Reference hours


  • Overall: S/15
  • Preferential*: S/ 8
  • School: S/ 3

(*): Superior or university accredited with valid card and older adults, only Peruvians.


Museum history

It was built based on the need to have a suitable place for the conservation of mummies and archaeological materials recovered in the Laguna de los Cóndores in 1997. This work was carried out by the Mallqui Center with contributions from the international community from Austria, Finland , Italy and the United States, as well as important contributions from the Institute for Bioarchaeology, the von Hagen family and the Discovery Channel.


The local community contributed with their labor in tasks and with construction materials. The town of Leymebamba is the owner of the museum and is represented by a Civil Association. The administrative and professional work in the museum is carried out by the Mallqui Center. It was inaugurated in June 2000 with the presence of the Austrian Minister of Education, Dr. Elisabeth Gehrer.



The design corresponds to the architects Jorge Burga and Rosana Correa, while the museography is the product of the collaboration of Rodolfo Vera and Sonia Guillén. It was built using local architectural techniques such as rammed earth with wooden and tile roofs, complemented with modern technical resources to meet the needs of conservation and exhibition of archaeological materials.


What to see in the Leymebamba Museum?

Most of the cultural remains on display correspond to the Chachapoya culture and the time of Inca rule in the area. It also has a room dedicated to traditional continuity in the region.


Starting from the museum, the Mallqui Center maintains a line of bioarchaeological research, management of archaeological collections, as well as educational programs, tourism, and the recovery and protection of natural resources.


What to do in the Leymebamba museum?

  • Have a coffee in front of the museum and watch the hummingbirds in its garden.
  • Learn how the Chachapoyas buried their dead.
  • Admire the many varieties of orchids in the museum's gardens.



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From Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



  • Adults: S/.15.0
  • Other university students and the elderly: S/.8.0
  • Other Children: S/.3.0


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