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Northern Peru Tour

Journey to Northern Peru’s stunning coast and trace the area’s history as you discover its breath-taking gems. Step into this historical land and witness the incredible remains of the lives forged by those that have called the land home over thousands of years.

From cities made of mud to to archaeological delights and stunning temples, discover a long history of endlessly creative civilisations. Over time, many different cultures have made the region home, building whole empires up from the arid landscape. Uncover the tales of the Moche Peruvian civilization through their beautifully-preserved ancient murals and artwork, which are considered some of the most highly regarded in the Americas. Walk the maze of corridors and heavily decorated courtyards of Chan Chan, an abandoned city built from mud by the Chimu people. Experience the vibrancy of present day Peru, illustrated by the colonial city of Trujillo and its Spanish architecture and colourful mansions.

The perfect accompaniment to any South America holiday, this tour will reveal some of Peru’s extraordinary stories, and leave you with memories that will remain with you long after you leave.

Duration
3 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Observe the preserved sections of Chan Chan, the Americas’ largest pre-Columbian city
  • Stand amongst the incredible pyramids of Tucume, known as the Valley of the Pyramids
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Trujillo and take in its wonderful Spanish colonial buildings
  • Visit El Brujo, an archaeological complex with evidence of human settlements from 6,000 years ago

As you arrive in Trujillo, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you can start off your stay with a delicious breakfast. Get to know the city of Trujillo this morning as you enjoy a walking tour. Take in the sights on the Main Square and Cathedral, as well as the city’s churches, temples and colonial mansions.

Afterwards, journey just outside of the city to visit the temples of the Sun and the Moon. Once used for ceremonial purposes, these fascinating pyramid temples date from 1-VIII BC. You’ll then get the chance to learn more as you visit the nearby museum Huacas de Moche, perusing the various artefacts of the Mochica culture that the museum exhibits.

Later on, sample even more of the region’s history by visiting the carefully-preserved Huaca del Dragon (Dragon Ceremonial Temple). Continue on to the Huanchaco, a seaside town where you can watch local fisherman on their caballitos de totora (reed boats). After enjoying lunch here, make your final stop of the day at Chan Chan, the Americas’ largest pre-Columbian city. While most of the city has been eroded by severe weather, you’ll still get to see some incredibly-preserved remains. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or professional archaeology enthusiast - you will love spending quality time in these excavation grounds.

After a day of exploring, you’ll be driven back to your hotel where you’ll spend the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Libertador Trujillo or similar

Today, you’ll leave Trujillo behind and head towards Chiclayo. Your first stop of the day is El Brujo, an archaeological complex with evidence of human settlements from 6,000 years ago. Learn about the only known female ruler of the region, Señora de Cao (Lady of Cao), and see her well-preserved ceremonial mummy.

Venture on to Chiclayo, where you’ll get to visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and take in the fascinating history of its collections.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Casa Andina Select Chiclayo or similar

Your tour of northern Peru’s history continues today as you visit Huaca Rajada, a Moche archaeological site where the complete tomb of the Lord of Sipan was found, and wander the site’s museum.

Afterwards, continue on to the impressive Tucume. Known as the Valley of the Pyramids, Tcucume is one of Peru’s biggest pyramid complexes with 26 major mounds, and was used by three consecutive cultures over a 500 year span.

As your time in this fascinating region comes to an end, you’ll be driven to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Lima.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of two nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: Half Board, with three breakfasts and one lunch
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for all excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Tax & service charge in the hotel
  • Obligatory luggage fees at the airports and in the hotel

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry and camera fees
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, and hotel staff