Go off the beaten path on this Northern Peru trip. Explore enchanting cloud forests and mysterious archaeological ruins in the Chachapoyas. Step back in time at the haunting pyramids of Trujillo, marvel at mummies in Chiclayo, and discover authentic Andean cultures in the rivers and valleys of the Amazonas.
Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.
Personalized Tour of Downtown Lima Explore the highlights of Lima on this privately guided city tour as you gain insights into Peru and her capital. Stroll through the beautiful city center visiting the main square of Plaza Mayor, the Lima Cathedral, and the Government Palace and other historical attractions. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy.)
Although Trujillo is less frequented, it is certainly as interesting as Chiclayo.
Discover Trujillo City, the Sun and Moon Pyramids and Chan-Chan Ruins Begin your day by discovering the beauty of Trujillo and its many colorful colonial buildings. Next visit the impressive complex of the Sun and the Moon Pyramids, which are considered hallmarks of the lost cultures of the Pacific coast of South America. Finally visit impressive ruins of Chan-Chan, the absolute archeological highlight. This was once the center of power in Northern Peru. Its complexity has only just come to light after years of intensive excavations revealing America’s largest prehispanic settlements. (Duration: 0900 – 1700 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch Included.)
Visit to El Brujo Archeological Site In Route from Trujillo to Chiclayo On your transfer from Trujillo to Chiclayo, stop and discover the ancient monument of the Moche culture on this tour of the El Brujo Archaeological Complex. Located between these two cities and next to the sea, Huaca El Brujo and Huaca Cao Viejo were built by the Moche people sometime between 1 and 600 AD and are famed for the polychrome reliefs and mural paintings. (Private Activity; Duration: 1.5 hours walking tour at El Brujo & 3 hours transfer from Trujillo to Chiclayo. If you have a preference for timing please tell your Travel Consultant at the time of booking otherwise, we will schedule the tour at the best available time. )
Step back in time in Chiclayo’s impressive Mausoleum of Sipán, a remnant of the lost civilization of Moche Indians.
Visit to the Tucume Pyramids and Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum Begin the morning with a visit to the Huaca Rajada where the Lord of Sipan was discovered. Next visit Tucume, the center of the Moche culture. Considered to be the most important finds, this site is laid out in the form of a pyramid, reflecting the culture’s sun-worship practices. After lunch enhance your understanding of the Moche people by exploring the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. The highlight of the museum is the mummy of the Lord of Sipan and his mummified entourage as well as other artifacts of the Moche. (Duration: 0900 – 1700 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch Included.)
With its unique sub-tropical climate and mountain range scenery, Chachapoyas is a mysterious and remote region where a wealth of archaeological ruins and artifacts still have yet to be unearthed and understood.
Gocta Waterfalls, Karajía, Kuelap and Leymebamba Day 1: With your private guide and Chauffeur, head out on this full-day drive admiring the changing scenery. From the sandy desert dunes of the coast, you will find yourself climbing up through the Andes before descending back down through lush mountain greenery into the Amazonas region. Day 2: Starting out early in the morning, drive to the village of Cocachimba where the hike begins. The 5km trail takes you through the dense, colorful rainforest until you reach the spectacular sight of the awesome Gocta waterfalls. Standing 771 meters high, these are the third highest falls in the world. Take in the views and enjoy lunch in this natural paradise before hiking the 2.5-hour walk back. Day 3: Drive to the town of Cruzpata to begin a short 30-minute walk to see the sarcophaguses of Karajia. Standing high on a cliff, inaccessible to all but birds, these haunting hollow figures stand 2 meters tall and were built in the shape of a pear to house the deer-skin wrapped mummies hidden inside. Constructed by mixing clay, straw, and pebble, and laying this over a structure made of wood, these sarcophagi remain in remarkable condition considering they have been perched here on the mountainside for over 600 years.
Surrounded by verdant tropical vegetation and home to a plethora of hummingbirds, Leymebamba is a sleepy but charming town found amidst the valleys and rivers of the Amazonas.
Gocta Waterfall, Karajía, Kuelap and Leymebamba Day 4: Begin this magical day by taking a spectacular drive through mountain scenery passing several villages and hidden ruins until you reach the magnum opus of the Chachapoya culture – Kuelap. Feel the wonder the archaeologists must have felt upon discovering this magnificent lost city built upon a mountain top as you wander through the site virtually alone. Dating back to the 6th century, and taking between 500 and 600 years to build, the citadel of Kuelap has now been overtaken by jungle but still remains remarkably intact and gives a very clear picture of the way in which the Chachapoya people once lived. Day 5 Inaugurated in June 2000 this fascinating museum displays more than 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered from the Laguna de los Condores. Once at risk from looters and vandals, today this valuable collection is housed in a museum that was funded by Austrian citizens and private donors but built by the proud locals of Leymebamba. Discover the different ways in which the Chacahapoya and Incans used to honor and preserve their relatives and marvel at just how intact these thousands of years old skeletons still are. Afterwards, continue your journey towards Cajamarca, enjoying lunch en-route. (Duration: 5D/4N; Private activity; Fitness level: Moderate; Entrance fees to Gocta Waterfall, Karajia, Kuelap and Leymebamba Museum,cable car to Kuelap and lunch or lunch box from Day 1 to 5 are included).
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Lima – Trujillo
Cajamarca – Lima
All activities as listed :
Lima: Presonalized Tour of Downtown Lima
Trujillo: Discover Trujillo City, the Sun and Moon Pyramids and Chan-Chan Ruins
Trujillo: Visit to El Brujo Archeological Site In Route from Trujillo to Chiclayo
Chiclayo: Visit to the Tucume Pyramids and the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Chachapoyas: Gocta Waterfall, Karajía, Kuelap and Leymebamba
Leymebamba: Gocta Waterfall, Karajía, Kuelap and Leymebamba
An air-conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip
Dear Enchanting Travels, thanks to you, we had an excellent experience in Peru. From start to finish, you delivered. Our Travel Consultant helped set the stage. Our Trip Coordinator and chauffeurs (apologies for forgetting their names) kept us on schedule, and pointed in the right direction. Our guides Dania, Nancy, Wilda, and Lisela kicked into gear and performed flawlessly … from the minute we landed in Lima … to our departure nine days later. They were knowledgeable, professional, attentive, and friendly. Each, in their own special way, contributed to our positive experience. Our favorite activity was visiting Machu Picchu. Wilda was easy to understand and made the place come alive! All accommodations, experiences, and activities were “as advertised”… and, “better than expected”. Enchanting understands their business, knows how to treat their clients, and fully stands behind their product (wonderful travel, without worry). We tell our friends …”check out Enchanting; you won’t be disappointed.” Thanks for the great memories. Best wishes, Rick and Iveta.