Renowned for the remarkable legacy of the Incas, Peru was in fact home to countless ancient civilisations. Venturing off the tourist trail, this tour visits northern Peru, where you can discover the wealth of history displayed by the pre-Inca Moche, Chimu and Chachapoya cultures, as well as explore colonial cities, including Trujillo and Cajamarca.
Fly from Lima to Trujillo for a 2-night stay at the Hotel Libertador. The following day take a morning tour of the city and the splendid Moche pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. In the afternoon, visit Chan Chan, once the largest adobe city in the world. (N)
Continue by road to Chiclayo via El Brujo archaeological complex and the Lady of Cao Museum. Stay 2 nights at Casa Andina Select Chiclayo. (B, L)
Visit the royal tombs of Sipan, with their priceless collections of ancient art, artefacts and gold. (B)
Long day's drive into the mountains and the cloud forests of the Chachapoyas region in the northern highlands. The Chachapoya civilisation had a culture that fiercely rivalled the Incas. Stay at Gocta Andes Lodge for 1 night. The lodge enjoys spectacular views of the Gocta Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the world and until recently unknown outside the local area. (B, L, D)
Take a full-day tour of Kuelap, an impressive fortress that sprawls for more than 1km on a mountain ridge and contains three times more material than the Egyptian pyramids. Continue by road to Leymebamba and stay 2 nights at Kentitambo. (B, L, D)
Visit the cliff tombs of Revash and the Leymebamba museum to see the collection of pre-Inca mummies found at Laguna de Los Condores. (B, L, D)
Full day drive to Cajamarca, where the Incan empire met its fate. Stay 2 nights at the Costa del Sol. (B, L)
Morning tour of colonial Cajamarca, which had a colourful history in the times of the conquest, and visit the impressive engineering feat of the Inca baths. (B)
Fly to Lima. (B)
As per itinerary – (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
In the region of Chachapoyas and Kuelap, this tour includes some long drives and rustic accommodation.
Extend your time in Chiclayo to further explore the many archaeological sites and museums, or add extra days in the Chachapoyas region and hike to the base of the remote Gocta waterfalls. This journey can start and end in Lima or be combined with any other destination within Peru.
This journey does not include international flights to Peru. Please enquire for full tailor-made itineraries and prices.
The Casa Andina Select Chiclayo is a 4-star hotel located close to the main plaza in the heart of Chiclayo. There are 129 rooms with cable television, a minibar and air conditioning. The hotel's facilities include a bar, restaurant and outdoor swimming pool, and free wireless internet access is available throughout the...
The Costa del Sol Cajamarca is located on the main square. This modern hotel features 71 rooms, a restaurant and a cosy bar. Other facilities include a small indoor swimming pool, gym and business...
Gocta Andes Lodge is located in a delightful rural setting close to the village of Cocachimba, starting point for hikes to the Gocta falls. This comfortable lodge offers views towards the Gocta falls from all its rooms and public areas, including the terraced gardens and outdoor pool. The rooms are spacious and the 2 suites each offer a hot tub.
Features: 10 rooms, restaurant, outdoor pool
Room amenities: Safe, balcony or terrace, television (suites...
This intimate hotel has only four rooms and was originally a house for observing hummingbirds. The name translates as 'Hummingbird Inn' from Quechua, and the 10 hummingbird feeders that are dotted around still attract large numbers of these beautiful birds. Built from ecologically-sourced timber, the hotel blends into its cloud forest surroundings. Each room has an en suite bathroom and a private terrace overlooking the museum and a pond. Kenti Cafe is the property's adjoining eatery, offering local and international...
Located in a colonial mansion on the main plaza, the 79-room Hotel Libertador has a restaurant and bar, business centre, outdoor pool, sauna and...
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PEC2016: 9 Nights
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