Northern Peru Hidden Treasures

Trip Style: Cultural & Archaeological

Discover the archaeological treasures lying in the coastal desert of northern Peru;
the pre Columbian mud brick city of Chan Chan, Huaca de la Luna, El Brujo
and the Royal Tombs of Sipan. Experience a Peruvian Paso Horse presentation,
learn how to build a “Caballito de totora and cross the entire Pomac Forest on your way to Tucume.

Then, take a scenic drive to the relatively unexplored Amazonas region. Enter the Cloudforest on a trip to Gocta Waterfall, hike to Revash burial site  and finally be ready to explore Kuelap fortress with its massive walls and stunning views.

Day 1 Arriving to Trujillo

Upon arrival, we’ll welcome you Trujillo airport or bus station and  transfer you to our hotel, where we will take a few minutes to brief you on your upcoming program.

We’ll then continue to the “Huaca de la luna”, an adobe mud pyramid made by the Moche Civilication  (100 - 750 AC) which is decorated with mural paintings that represent their main deities. This is a perfect introduction to the program as the whole way of life of the Moches is depicted in the walls of this pyramid.

At around 1pm we’ll head to a Peruvian Paso horse presentation. It’s gentle pass has inspired dancers to perform complex movements in the Marinera Dance, which will also be performed during this demonstration. A welcoming lunch menu is provided during the show.

 

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Trujillo

Private Service

Day 2 Paso horse ride to Chan Chan & Huanchaco

After breakfast we meet our Paso Horse Guides to join them on a 1.5 hour ride along the outskirts of Chan Chan (former capital of the Chimu). This excursion permits you to observe the extension of Chan Chan and its strategic position, close to the sea and aside of a fertile valley.  Upon arriving at Tchudi Palace we leave the horses and start a guided walking tour in the only restored palace of Chan Chan.

After, we visit Huanchaco, where locals have used reed boats, know as “caballitos de totora”,  to surf its waves and fish since before the Inca times. Here, a local fisherman will shows us where fishermen find the reed and make their reed boats. Lunch will be served at Huanchaco and after, we’ll be returning to Trujillo, which will give us some time to explore a little of Trujillo’s historic city center at our own rhythm in the afternoon if we’re up for it.

 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Trujillo

Private Service

Day 3 El Brujo & Chiclayo

This morning we set off for Chiclayo.  Our first stop however, will be at  “Huaca el Brujo”, a sacred site for different old Peruvian cultures. During the Moche period the site was ruled by the Lady of Cao, the first female emperor in Peru (100 AC).

This site has historically been a place frequented by the famous Northern Shamans or witch-doctors. After the tour we will have an interactive demonstration of how these traditional doctors have endured for many centuries and are still very much active nowadays.

Our next stop will be at Pacasmayo, a small and beautiful beachside town between Trujillo and Chiclayo were  we’ll enjoy lunch overlooking the ocean on a waterfront promenade.

We’ll then continue our journey towards Chiclayo where we’ll visit its herbal market, place where the traditional doctors (Shamans) buy their herbs. This “witch market” is part of the central market of Chiclayo, a huge traditional market. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Chiclayo

Private Service

 

Day 4 Sican, Pomac forest & the Lord of Sipan

Today’s first stop will be at the Museum of Sican which holds a great collection of golden objects found in Pomac Forest (Some of the golden artifacts in this museum are said to be amongst the most beautiful ever found in the whole of Peru).

We’ll then continue to the sacred forest of Pomac itself. This site, which holds 34 ancient pyramids, was the old capital of the Lambayeque culture. As we cross Pomac we’ll visit the Salinas viewpoint for great views of its pyramids. This forest gives us good idea of the natural habitat of Precolombian cultures in the North Coast.

After lunch, we’ll visit the splendid museum of “Tumbas Reales”, where we can find the remains of the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, the most important archeological discovery in Latin America of the last 30 years.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Tucume

Private Service

 

Day 5 Tucume & departing to Chachapoyas

In the freshness of the early morning, we’ll visit the archeological site of Tucume. These huge pyramids and ceremonial plateaus were built by the Lambayeque and Chimu Civilizations more than 1,000 years ago.

After this, prepare for a 10 hour journey through the Andes, over the Porcuya mountain pass, crossing the rice fields of Bagua, and driving along the gorgeous Utcubamba Canyon to Chachapoyas, gateway to the territory of the ancient “Sachapuyu” or “inhabitants of the Cloud forest”. Upon our late evening arrival we transfer to the Gocta Lodge where we’ll spend the night with awesome views overlooking the famous Gocta Waterfall.

 

Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Accommodation: Gocta Lodge

Private Service

Day 6 Gocta Waterfall

Today, departing from Cocachimba we’ll start a 3 hour hike to the famous Gocta Waterfall, one of the tallest falls in the world (771m). To reach the fall we follow a smooth path which crosses; first through cultivated fields and then goes into the cloudforest, home of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, mountain sloth and the magnificent cock-of-the-rock. Those brave enough may want a dip in the base pool. Later we head back to the village and drive to the charming  lodge “El Chillo” where we´ll spend the night.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: El Chillo Lodge

Private Service

 

 

 

Day 7 Exploring Kuelap fortress

Departing from our lodge, a one and half hour drive takes us to the fortified citadel of Kuelap located above a mountain ridge at 9,850 feet. The towering walls and hundreds of round houses capped by the cloud forest always amaze first time visitors. We’ll explore this pre Inca citadel, which contains not only archaeological remains of singular value, but also stunning views of the valley and the possibility to observe a wide variety of birds. After visiting Kuelap we return to our charming lodge.

 

Meals: Breakfast & box Lunch

Accommodation: El Chillo Lodge

Private Service

 

Day 8 Revash & Leymebamba museum

Today’s tour will take to Revash and then onto Leymebamba. The first stop is at the village of Santo Tomas. From where we take a short hike to the “Towers of Revash”, a succession of Chachapoyas “tombs” located over narrow and inaccessible cliffs in shape of miniature houses which host the mummified remains of their elite ancestors.

After lunch our route takes us along the Utcubamba valley up to the pleasant town of Leymebamba, where we’ll visit its famous museum. The museum contains not only a remarkable archaeological collection of ceramic artifacts and textiles, but also 225 mummies that were salvaged from the mausoleums of Lake of the Condors. Time permitting we will visit the Quenti Café to see the world's most famous hummingbird species. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Leymebamba

Private Service

Day 9 Leymebamba to Cajamarca across the Marañon canyon

After breakfast, we embark on a nine-hour scenic journey to Cajamarca. During the journey we’ll leave the green forests of the Uctubamba valley and cross the great Marañon Canyon before ascending one more towards Cajamarca. This unique route is well known for its scenic beauty and changing landscapes.

 

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Cajamarca

Meals: Breakfast

Private Service

Day 10 Cajamarca & Cumbemayo mysteries

We start the day exploring Cumbemayo, a 3,500-year old preInca site related to the water cult. Cumbemayo is a stunning mix of giant rock formations, ancient water channels and petroglyphs. It’s highlight is the 800 meters of remaining canals and aqueducts of perfect shape and a fine polished finish, which were used in ancient times to control the flow of water. After returning to Cajamarca, we’ll visit Belen Church and the Rescue Room, where Atahualpa, the last true Inca, was held captive.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Cajamarca

Private Service 

 

Day 11 Returning home

Today, at the coordinated time we’ll transfer to Cajamarca Airport to board your flight back to Lima 


Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included:

Accommodation

  • 02 nights in a comfortable hotel in Trujillo
  • 01 night in a comfortable hotel in Chiclayo
  • 01 night at Horcones de Tucume ecolodge
  • 01 night at Gocta lodge
  • 02 nights at “La Estancia de Chillo”
  • 01 night in a comfortable hotel in Leymebamba
  • 02 nights in a comfortable hotel in Cajamarca

 

 Transport

  • Transportation in private vehicles 

 

Meals

  • Meals as detailed in the program


Guides

  • English or Spanish speaking guide (other languages upon request)


Entrances

  • Entrance fee to all the attractions


Activities

  • All the activities mentioned in the program

 

 NOT INCLUDED

  • Internal flights in Peru (Lima to Trujillo) (Cajamarca to Lima)
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Tips