Huancabamba ( Quechua: huanca = rock, bamba = plain), is the name of the river as well as the name of the largest town of its valley in the remote most northern departamento Piura of Peru. Preliminary end point of the west- east crossing of the main mountain-ridge of the Andes at Ayabaca coming from the ecuadorian border.
Very thermal, beautiful flying region. Somewhat remote, all ascents by foot, but at least two beautiful launching possibilities and in the upper Huancabamba valley sufficient large landing areas. All year round flyable (according to native weather descriptions) climate the whole year mild, never completely dry.
1) Huitiligung, 2450 m, ascent 1 h, launch easy, flights thermal, landing at 1850 m soccer field near the river or fields outside of town down the river
2) Monte Saquir, 2950 m, from Mitupampae 1 h, temple of the Jaguar. Thermal flight, landing in Sondrillo at 1950 m.
Huancabamba, Plaza de Armas. In the background the Huitiligung, perfect launch. A rather beautiful flying region, a little bit demanding, when flying at noon time. During my third flight I got a strong tuck and had to land in the local cemetery, just suitably for the eternal rest, but time hasn't come yet.
Launch at the Huitiligung, waiting for sufficient thermals (about eleven o'clock).
Flight over Huancabamba
VIP lounge, Huancabamba international airport
View of Mount Saquir during the ascent over its back side from Mitupampa (= mud plain, quetch.).
Temple of jaguars, a pre-Inka structure. It lies about two hundred meters below the summit. Archaeologists speculate that the blood of the killed animals(?) had to flow from the altar on the summit over a gutter until here, in order to be accepted by the gods. If it coagulated on its way down before, the sacrifice was in vain.
Flight from Mount Saquir into the Huancabamba valley. Down below are still remainders of the old Inka road to Sondrillo.
Flight above Sondrillo
Welcome committee Sondrillo. Already Alexander v. Humboldt spent a night, but he arrived on foot...