This wonderful itinerary will combine the impressive places located in the northern part of Peru. Arriving in the capital: Lima, the trip will continue to Trujillo, one of the most emblematic cities of the north, with beautiful places located in the desert and the sea.
The experience continues to the city of Chiclayo and then in a very subtle way, you will enter the northern jungle of Peru, with a visit to Chachapoyas, its highlights, natural attractions, cultural and experiential experiences.
Before returning to the capital, the experience will end with a visit to Tarapoto, characterized by the Amazonian cloud forest and its abundant palm trees.
Upon arrival at the Lima airport, a private driver will meet you and take you to your hotel.
Afternoon at leisure in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.
Overnight in Lima.
After breakfast, the day will begin with a walk through the Miraflores neighborhood visiting the famous Larcomar viewpoint, which offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
We will continue with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, with an explanation of the history of Peru before the Inca culture. The museum is filled with a valuable collection of more than 10,000 pieces from Mochica, Chimu and other pre-Inca civilizations. For those interested in the more intimate customs of this ancient culture, the museum's collection of erotic ceramics is a faithful and unique representation of its kind.
Return to the hotel and mid-afternoon, a shuttle will take us to the airport for a flight to the city of Trujillo. Upon arrival, we will be waiting to take you to your hotel located on the beach of Huanchaco to spend the night.
In the morning we will visit the city of Trujillo, highlighting its colonial richness with its baroque style houses, as well as the republican art with its neoclassical mansions.
We will stop for lunch and then stop to watch the spectacle of the Peruvian Paso Horse (a special breed of Peruvian horse) and La Marinera (a traditional dance of northern Peru).
In the afternoon we will head to one of the most amazing sites in Trujillo called "Chan Chan", whose name means "Sun-Sun", it is recognized as the most extensive pre-Columbian citadel in the world made of "adobe" (bricks made of sand or earth), and inside we find Plazas, ceremonial centers, meeting places, water aqueducts and more. Afterwards, we return to Huanchaco to spend the night.
We leave our hotel in Huanchaco, heading to one of the most wonderful restoration sites made by the Backus Company: The Huaca de la Luna. It is where we can witness the history of the Moche culture; they were the 5 main epochs that are shown in the construction signed by its builders with millions of adobe bricks and sand. Then we visit the Huaca del Sol, which is in the process of restoration.
After the experience, we will leave Trujillo and head to the city of Chiclayo, stopping on the way to visit La Huaca de La Señora de Cao and a beautiful village called Magdalena de Cao. On the way we will enjoy wonderful landscapes such as the sugar fields and the Pacific Ocean. We will tour and explore this exciting place, see its museum and talk about the other nearby sites such as Huaca Rajada.
After the visit, we will continue our way to the city of Chiclayo by the Panamerican Highway north, stopping to stretch our legs in Paramonga, beautiful coastal town with an impressive archaeological site where one of the Peruvian gods appeared: Wiracocha.
Finally, arrival in Chiclayo and overnight in the city.
After breakfast, we will depart for Lambayeque and continue to the great site of Tucume. We will walk and explore the local restoration and museum. Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, conducted excavations between 1988 and 1992. There is an optional hike up Golgota Mountain for a great view of the site.
After the visit, we will head to the extraordinary modern museum of El Señor de Sipan, which houses true jewels of art in gold, silver and copper discovered in several Mochica tombs. All the remains and treasures were found in the archaeological zone of Huaca Rajada. The tomb of the Lord of Sipan is one of the most important in the world, compared to Tutankhamen in Egypt.
Return to the hotel in Chiclayo for the night.
In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the shaman market, an interesting place to learn about some of the traditions and customs of the people of the north.
We leave the city to the Pomac forest, a protected area where you can see the local flora and fauna, walk to the ancient tree and then continue to see the great pyramids of El Rey, which are under restoration.
We return to Chiclayo to have lunch in a traditional restaurant and in the afternoon we leave by bus to Cajamarca. We will take the Panamerican Highway back to Paramonga, and follow the detour to Cajamarca, witnessing impressive views on the way from the coast to the temperate mountainous zone.
Arrival to Cajamarca and overnight in town.
Extra activities in Cajamarca (not included in package)
A wonderful morning visiting the highlights of the city of Cajamarca.
First, we will see the famous Cuarto del Rescate, which in our history is when Francisco Pizarro (Spanish conquistador) arrived and captured the Inca Atahualpa (one of the two brothers heir to the throne). The myth of the story is that Atahualpa, seeing himself prisoner of the Spaniards, promised Pizarro to fill that room - as far as his hand could reach - with gold (once) and twice with silver, in exchange for his liberation.
We will continue to the countryside or foothills of the city, a wonderful countryside site, where we will explore Las Ventanas de Otuzco, an ancient cemetery, which is well preserved. We will return to the city and have lunch in a traditional restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Leimebamba, along a paved road and enter a new ecological area, from the mountains to the cloud forest. Upon arrival, we will visit the great museum of the mummies (270 of them) and listen to the fascinating stories of the Chachapoyas Culture.
Overnight at Hotel in Leimebamba.
We left by car from Leymebamba to another incredible place in Peru: Kuelap. An imposing stone building built by the Chachapoyas people and protected by a wall of up to 20 meters, which, until recently, was only accessible on foot (2h30). Today it can be reached in 20 minutes thanks to the modern cable cars that leave from Nuevo Tingo.
After the exploration, we take our transportation to continue our trip to Chachapoyas, brief tour of the city and lunch.
We will continue to Cocachimba, where another highlight awaits us: The Gocta Waterfalls. The waterfall is 771 meters high (about 2530 feet), a number that places it at number 15 on the world list of the highest waterfalls in the world. Overnight in a wonderful lodge overlooking the waterfall. Dinner included.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we start our hike to Gocta Falls (about 5 hours round trip). It will be an incredible hike; the trail goes up and down but it is easy walking. We return to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon, we will travel to Tarapoto by bus, known as the "City of Palms", jungle region with rainy / cloudy weather.
Arrival in Tarapoto, dinner in a traditional restaurant and overnight in Hotel.
Extra activities to do on site:
EXTENSION: Visit of the "Abiseo River National Park" 3days/2nights.
Transfer to the Tarapoto airport to take a domestic flight to Lima and then connect with your international flight.
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