NORTHERN PERU – 12 days / 11 nights
We will be met upon arrival at Jorge Chavez international Airport in Lima, Peru’s capital city. From there, we will be transferred to our hotel. After checking-in and some time to refresh after our long flight, we will be taken to a local restaurant, for our evening meal.
Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores – Traditional Room (D)
The morning will offer the opportunity to explore the colonial centre of Lima. After breakfast, we will be taken to explore the old city and experience its unique charms. Starting at the Plaza de Armas, you will be able to see the main government and religious buildings of the former capital of Spanish America. This is a UNESCO world heritage site and features well preserved colonial architecture, including the President’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Municipalidad, (City Hall). We will continue to the nearby San Francisco Church, where fine examples of religious art can be seen. San Francisco also has the Catacombs museum, where remains of those who fell to the Spanish inquisition can be seen. At the end of the visit to Colonial Lima, we will be taken to the residential Pueblo Libre district.
Lunch will be taken at the Café Museo Restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Larco Herrera Museum, an eighteenth-century Viceregal mansion that houses more than 3,000 years of Peru's pre-Columbian history. The museum boasts a supremely fine collection of gold and silver jewelry and worship paraphernalia that demonstrates the superb skill of ancient Peruvian gold and silversmiths. The Larco Herrera also contains a famous collection of erotic ceramic tomb art that gives insights into various aspects of pre-Columbian sexuality.
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Chiclayo. (FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED)
Upon arriving in Chiclayo, we will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give a brief introduction to the city and to our services while en route to the hotel.
Accommodation: Inti Hotel – Standard Room (B/L)
Visit to the famous Paseo Las Musas, a pleasant place to enjoy a moment of family entertainment, continue to the main park. This park is not called Seat of Arms, because Chiclayo was not founded by the Spanish, in the beginning it was a crossroads. Tour of the City Hall, a republican building with temporary exhibition halls. The tour ends at the witches market, also known as herbal market or model market.
Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant, after which we will be transferred back to our hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Accommodation: Inti Hotel – Standard Room (B/L)
In the morning we visit the magnificent mud-brick burial platform of Huaca Rajada where the world famous Tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered. Admire fabulous gold artefacts, precious stones and the ancient Moche civilization’s history. Then visit visit the brand new Tumbas Reales Museum and discover the historical richness there. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue the visit to Sican Museum, that is located in Ferreñafe, about 20 km or 25 minutes from the city of Chiclayo. It is along the road to the Bosque de Pómac Historical Sanctuary. It shows the different aspects of daily life of the Sican culture; including pottery making and metal crafts. In addition, the Sican Museum has an interesting display of the tombs of the Sican nobility.
Lunch at Local restaurant, before we return to our hotel in Chiclayo. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Accommodation: Inti Hotel – Standard Room (B/L)
Today we will be taken from Chiclayo, on the coast to Chachapoyas, which lays in the Amazonas region of Peru, on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains. It is a long, but interesting journey, as we firstly snake through one of the driest deserts in the world, before ascending the slopes of the Andes, and then descending down in to the Marañon River, before once again climbing the Utcumbamba Canyon. Despite being the capital of Peru’s Amazonas region, Chachapoyas still lays at an altitude of 2,200 metres above sea level.
We will be provided with a boxed lunch en-route from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas.
Accommodation: Gocta Lodge - Standard Room (B/Bx L)
Begin the day with a walking tour of Chachapoyas, observing some of the typical architecture of this small provincial town, which is the capital of Amazonas. Large houses with tiled roofs and balconies, have earned Chachapoyas the nickname of, “the City of Balconies”. Many of these houses have large inner patios and are surrounded by orchards and gardens.
The main square, is a bustling place where people meet and also for gatherings. We will also visit the Bishopric, which is a colonial mansion where the priest and teacher Toribio Rodriguez de Mendoza, who was a very important figure in Peru’s struggle for independence from Spain.
Afterwards, we visit the town of Huancas, which is noted for its native traditions and customs. It is also noted for its pottery. Elaborate pots and pitchers as well as other crockery are produced. This pottery is produced by the local women, while the men are responsible for farming the land. The town is surrounded by lush, green mountains and it is possible to observe the high mountain cloud forests from different viewpoints. We will also be able to visit the impressive Sonche Canyon.
Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Gocta Lodge - Standard Room (B/L)
Today we have an early departure, as we begin our journey back across the Andes. On the way to Leymebamba, we visit the impressive site of Kuelap. This is a highly impressive site, perched on top of hills and buried in cloud forests. Keulap is an ancient walled city, whose main features are the circular houses. Kuelap isn’t as renowned as Machu Picchu, but its location is very imporessive. We will be able to see some of the reconstructed circular houses as well as other features, like aqueducts and some cermonial structures. Kuelap, it is said, is constructed from 3 times as much stone, as the great Pyramid of Giza, in Egypt.
After our visit, we will have lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing on the road to Leymebamba.
Accommodation: La Casona de Leymebamba - Standard Room (B/L)
Today we continue by road to Cajamarca. This is a spectacular road journey, as the road ascends through some stunning andean scenery. A boxed lunch will be served along the way.
Accommodation: El Ingenio – Standard Room (B/Bx L)
This morning we’ll visit Cumbemayo. The site features ancient irrigation channels, which are reputed to be one of the oldest man-made constructions in the Americas. They are largely a complex of irrigation channels which take water from the Pacific to Atlantic side of the Andean mountains. The site is located around 20km from Cajamarca itself and is set on the hilltops at an altitude of around 3,600m above sea level. There may be some wind, as the site is exposed. The wind has also helped to shape some interesting rock formations, which can also be seen on the visit.
The morning trip to Cumbemayo is followed by an afternoon tour of Cajamarca. Cajamarca played a very important role in the history of Peru. This can be seen with a visit to the Ransom Chamber, which is where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro ordered Atahualpa, the emperor of the Inca Empire to have filled with gold, in order to return the already imprisoned Atahualpa to his people. Atahualpa obliged and the ransom chamber was subsequently filled. Pizarro wasn’t as honourable and had Atahualpa executed in the main square, once the chamber had been filled.
The city is full of architectural history, as the spanish built many colonial buildings alongside the existing inca sturctures. The visit will give us a real feel for the place, which played a pivotal role in the history of Peru and all of South America.
Accommodation: El Ingenio – Standard Room (B)
Today we travel to Trujillo. Firstly, departing Cajamarca we rise through Eucalyptus trees and then descend down to the coast, viewing Mango plantations along the way. This is an interesting journey which allows for some stunning views as we descend from the Andes, down to the coastal desert. Upon arrival, we will be taken straight to our hotel for our overnight stay and we will be treated to dinner in a traditional, local restaurant.
Accommodation: Gran Bolivar – Standard Room (B/D)
Trujillo is another city which has a rich history. Today, we shall get an insight in to the fascinating history of this part of northern Peru. Firstly, we take a walking tour of the centre of Trujillo. The main Plaza has some interesting colonial buildings, as well as the Cathedral. We shall also visit the archeological musem of the National University of Trujillo, which has many interesting artefacts, most notably from the Moche and Chimu cultures.
After lunch, we depart for the nearby Moche valley, where we will be met by a traditional family that descends from the ancient people who built the temples of the Sun and the Moon. These pyramids were the centre of power in the northern coastal region of Peru, during Moche times. These sites include a stunning set of mud-brick friezes on the walls of the Temple of the Moon excavated by archaeologists. Ending, you will be able to see several artifacts and tombs of the Mochica Culture at the on-site museum Huacas de Moche, which displays various utensils and other ceramics.
Accommodation: Gran Bolivar – Standard Room (B/L)
After breakfast we embark on another day of viewing the archaeological treasures of Trujillo and its surroundings. Firstly, we visit the Chimu site of the Arco Iris Temple, a relatively small site but one which will give a taster for the highlight of the day, a visit to the vast complex of Chan Chan. This site was, at its height populated by around 100,000 inhabitants who fiercely and bravely struggled against the insurging Inca. The site is remarkably well preseved, considering that it is built from Adobe – mud brick, as well as the age of the site.
We continue to the seaside town of Huanchaco, where we will be able to sea the Caballitos de Tortora, traditional fishing boats made out of Tortora Reed. Here, we will be given a demonstration on how to prepare some traditional, coastal dishes; “Causa de Pulpa de Cangrejo” – A kind of peruvian Fishcake, as well as, “Ceviche” – Peru’s signature dish of fresh fish which has been cured in Lime Juice and Chilli and served with a variety of Corn and Sweet Potatoes. We will also learn how to make the famous Pisco Sour – Peru’s national cocktail.
Later on, we will be transferred to the airport for our flights back to Lima (FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED), where we’ll be met and transferred to our hotel, for our final night.
Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores – Traditional Room (B/L)
Enjoy your final morning in Lima at your own leisure, before being met and transferred to the Airport in time for your onward flight. (B)
PRICE (Per person based on 2 sharing – minimum 12 travelling): £2,175.00
Single Supplement: £480.00
English Speaking guides Meals as stated in itinerary Tours and transfers as mentioned in private service Entrance fees to all sites visitid during the tours mentioned in the itinerary Bottled water and tissues in all transfers and excursions.
Airport taxes International and domestic flights Meals or tours not stated Personal medical or travel insurance Tips & gratuities to guides and drivers Anything not mentioned in the, “includes” section.