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Civilisations of Northern Peru

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 4 Nights Lead-in price: £3395 Current prices from: £3395
Combine Peru's famous landmarks with the lesser visited but extremely rewarding north, home to natural wonders, colonial cities and fascinating archaeological remains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Combines key highlights & off the beaten track Peru
  • Incan & pre-Incan archaelogical sites
  • Colonial cities & Gocta waterfalls
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Lima

Fly to Lima with British Airways. Stay 2 nights and take a city tour to discover the colonial and modern highlights of the capital city. (N) (B)

Day 3: Fly to Jaen

From Lima, fly north to Jaén. Drive to Chachapoyas, a colonial town surrounded by swathes of high-altitude cloud forests. The Chachapoya civilisation had a culture that fiercely rivalled the Incas. Stay for 2 nights. (N)

Day 4: Kuelap

Travel to Kuelap fortress and explore one of the largest ancient sites of the Americas, situated on a mountain ridge. (B, L)

Days 5-6: Karajia - Gocta Falls

Visit the mysterious sarcophagi of Karajia, an ancient funerary site of the Chachapoyas. Continue to one of the highest waterfalls in the world, Gocta falls, and stay at a nearby lodge for 2 nights. The lodges enjoy spectacular views of the falls and, until recently, were unknown outside the local area. Take a hike to the base of the falls and relax in serene surroundings. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chiclayo

Take a full-day drive towards the coast to Chiclayo and visit one of the excellent museums, such as the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán. Overnight stay. (B)

Days 8-9: Trujillo

Continue to Trujillo, visiting the mystical El Brujo pyramid complex and the Cao Museum en route. Stay 2 nights in Trujillo and explore the Sun and Moon pyramids and the adobe city of Chan Chan. (B)

Days 10-11: Fly to Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley with an optional stop at Chinchero en route. Stay 2 nights at a hotel in the valley and visit the ruined fortress of Ollantaytambo. Additional optional excursions include visits to Maras and Moray or the market and ruins at Pisac. (B)

Day 12: Machu Picchu

Board the train to Machu Picchu, take a tour of the Inca citadel and stay overnight. (B)

Days 13-14: Cuzco

Return to Cuzco and stay 2 nights. Explore the city’s cobbled streets and museums. Optional excursions include a visit to the Sacsayhuáman ruins. (B)

Days 15-16: Fly home via Lima

Fly to London via Lima with British Airways arriving the next day. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • La Xalca
    La Xalca

    La Xalca Hotel is located in the town of Chachapoyas, a 5-minute walk from the main square. This colonial-style property features a traditional dark wooden interior and spacious rooms with plenty of natural light. The inner courtyard is surrounded by a wide wooden balcony and there are communal spaces with leather sofas for guests to relax. Features: 21 rooms, courtyard, Wi-Fi, laundry service. Room amenities: Television, safe.

  • Hotel José Antonio Lima
    Hotel José Antonio Lima

    The Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the modern district of Miraflores, 30 minutes drive from the Jorge Chavez International Airport, and close to the major commercial, financial, tourist and cultural centres as well as many excellent restaurants. The hotel offers 84 large guest rooms, a restaurant and a bar. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, telephone, cable television, air conditioning, safety deposit box, mini-bar and anti-noise window

  • Hatun Valley
    Hatun Valley

    The charming Hatun Valley hotel offers an ideal base from which to explore the Sacred Valley, whilst providing a peaceful oasis to appreciate the surrounding mountainous scenery. The property is set within beautifully maintained gardens, full of citrus trees, wildflowers and herbs. Guests can relax in one of the hammocks situated around the gardens or next to the campfire in the evenings. Rooms are simple, but spacious and feature traditional Peruvian textiles and ceramics. The onsite restaurant offers authentic Peruvian cuisine.

  • Gocta Andes Lodge
    Gocta Andes Lodge

    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.

  • El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
    El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

    El MaPi, owned by Inkaterra, is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, just a few minutes' walk from the train station and the Machu Picchu bus station. This smart contemporary hotel offer comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities and an organic spa, located on the top floor of the hotel, with panoramic views over the cloud forest.

  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo
    Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo

    The Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro is located on Trujillo's main plaza, overlooking the cathedral and just a 10-minute drive from the nearby Chan Chan ruins and Sun and Moon Temples. Occupying a restored historic mansion, the property maintains its traditional colonial architecture and décor. Guests can relax after a day of sightseeing in the outdoor pool in an internal courtyard or sample authentic northern Peruvian cuisine in the restaurant.

  • Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
    Casa Andina Select Chiclayo

    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 hotel.

  • Abbitare Hotel
    Abbitare Hotel

    The Abbitare Hotel is a stylishly decorated old colonial hotel located on the beautiful cobblestoned Santo Domingo Plaza. The rooms are comfortable with modern amenities. Features: 43 rooms, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3395 per person

High season from £3495 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Chiclayo

    The main reason for visiting Chiclayo is use it as a base from which to explore the...

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  • Trujillo

    Peru’s northern coast is home to some of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures...

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  • Chachapoyas

    Chachapoyas, or Chacha as it is known among locals, is the capital of the Department of...

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  • The Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...

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  • Machu Picchu

    One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...

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  • Cuzco

    Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.

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  • Lima

    Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...

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