The department's wide diversity, particularly in terms of flora, allows colorful and beautiful butterflies to fully grow and inhabit large forest spaces on the jungle fringe and part of the lower jungle.
The various tourist excursions offer the chance to observe attractive species of butterflies, especially along the following routes: trail to Kuélap, trail to the Laguna de los Cóndores and all the trails that lead to the Gocta Waterfall. There is no butterfly farm in the region as yet so visitors should look out for the different species found here.
It is well known that in the district of Molinopampa, in the province of Rodríguez de Mendoza, a few hours from Chachapoyas, the zone of orchids is home to thousands of colorful butterflies.
Further away, the Santiago-Comaina reserved zone, in Condorcanqui province, has a wide variety of flora and fauna, with endemic species of up to 474 varieties of butterflies, of which 21 may be entirely new species.