Explore Northern Peru

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Venture off the beaten path to discover ancient vestiges of north Peruvian cultures. Explore fortified cities that were once bustling hubs of early civilizations; peruse museums brimming with archaeological treasures; visit burial tombs used by pre-Inca cultures; and encounter the ruins of Chan Chan, abandoned by the Chimu people in 1470. See a side of Peru that few travellers experience, and gain a greater understanding for the country's ancient past.

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in culture and history of the Chachapoyas
  • Hike through the cloud forest to the Gocta waterfall
  • Visit vibrant coastal cities rich in cultural history
  • Explore a series of tombs built by the pre-Inca Moche culture
  • Wander through the adobe brick city of Chan Chan
Transport
Private van, plane, walking.
Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Accommodation
Hotels (8 nts).
Destinations
  • Peru
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • National Geographic Journeys
  • Upgraded
  • 3 - Average
  • New Trips
  • Small Group

**Meals Included: B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner.

Day 1 Lima

We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Lima/Chachapoyas (1B)

Board an early flight to Jaen, then travel overland to Chachapoyas, gateway to the archaeological sites of northern Peru. "Chacha," as it's known locally, will be our base for exploring the natural, cultural, and archaeological highlights of the region. Transport: Plane (1.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Kuelap Fortress (1B, 1L)

This morning, get immersed in the culture and history of the Chachapoyan people at Kuelap, a fortified city made up of more than 400 circular buildings and complexes. Ride a cable car up to the site, thought to have been an important cultural center for these pre-Inca "Cloud Warriors." Enjoy lunch at a coffee farm and attend an exclusive lecture by a Chachapoyas expert. Later, try to spot some of the 130 bird species that live in the surrounding ecological reserve, including the spatula-tailed hummingbird. Included Activities: Kuelap Fortified City Guided Tour Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk Amazilia Ecological Reserve Birdwatching

Day 4 Gocta Falls (1B)

Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the world's tallest cascades, 771 meters (2,156 feet) high. Ancient legends that discouraged local community members from talking about the falls, which did not begin receiving visitors until 2005 and are still relatively unknown. Take in Gocta’s mesmerizing spray; then opt for a longer hike to its base, or enjoy a free afternoon. Included Activities: Gocta Waterfall Excursion

Day 5 Chachapoyas/Chiclayo (1B, 1L)

Today, drive to Chiclayo. This coastal town, founded in the 18th century, was once an important trade route between the coast and the jungle and is rich with archaeological sites and cultural history. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours)

Day 6 Chiclayo (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a visit to one of the most archaeologically rich museums in Peru: the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. In the afternoon, explore the tombs of Huaca Rajada and Lord Sipán, a series of burial chambers used by the pre-Inca Moche culture. Included Activities: Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum (Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán) Lord of Sipán's Tomb

Day 7 Chiclayo/Trujillo (1B)

Drive down the coast to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Tour the site and hear about the mummy discovered here in 2006, thought to be the remains of the Lady of Cao, a high-ranking Moche ruler. In the afternoon, explore Trujillo to discover baroque churches and local markets. Included Activities: Dama de Cao Mummy Exhibit Trujillo City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

Day 8 Chan Chan/Lima (1B)

Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Later, enjoy a visit to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest adobe city. The former capital of the Chimu people, Chan Chan covers 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and was once home to about 50,000 people. Fly back to Lima this evening. Included Activities: Temple of the Sun and the Moon Chan Chan Archaeological Site Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))

Day 9 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk, Amazilia Ecological Reserve
  • Arrival transfer
  • Kuelap fortress visit (Chachapoyas)
  • Gocta waterfall hike
  • Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum (Lambayeque)
  • Lord of Sipán Tomb visit
  • Dama de Cao mummy visit
  • Chan Chan adobe city visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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