Generally speaking, the north of Peru isn't as popular with tourist as it's south and the Departamento de Amazonas isn't as well known as the northern coastal towns, e.g. Mancora, or the deep jungle of Peru's north-east around the city of Iquitos. It isn't surprising then, that the capital of the Amazonas Department, the beautiful city of Chachapoyas, hasn't exactly been a tourist magnet in the past.
With only approx. 30'000 inhabitants, Chachapoyas is one of Peru's smallest capital cities in one of the poorer regions of the country. It has just recently began to gain popularity as a tourist destination, together with nearby Gocta Falls and the fortress of Kuelap.
|The plaza central of Cachapoyas|
|the fountain in Chachapoyas' central square|
In Chachapoyas this hasn't happened and hopefully won't ever happen. There is even a law that prohibits the destruction or drastic remodeling of the old houses of the center of town. This is why they all look the same: painted white with brown or black windows and doors and a brown or black base. Also, all the signs for shops and restaurants are in black writing only. No neon signs, no crazy colored houses. Plus, there is one street - Jirón Amazonas - that is reserved for pedestrians only. Obviously, the newer neighborhoods are as "modern" and mix-and-match as in any other Peruvian city.
|Jiron Amazonas - a pedestrian zone|
|another view of Jiron Amazonas|
|example of black letter business signs|