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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.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage SiteCasa Andina Premium Miraflores, Hotel B
2 - 4TrujilloUNESCO World Heritage Site Chan Chan, Huanchaco, El BrujoLibertador
4 - 6ChiclayoRoyal Tombs of Sipan, Huaca Rajada, Sican National MuseumCasa Andina Select Chiclayo, Wyndham Costa del Sol Chiclayo
6 - 9ChachapoyasKuelap Ruins, Gocta Falls, Revash Horseback Riding, Leymebamba MuseumGocta Lodge
9 - 10LeymebambaKuelap Ruins, Gocta Falls, Revash Horseback Riding, Leymebamba MuseumKentitambo Lodge
10 - 11CajamarcaAndean Highlands, Baroque Colonial Architecture, Ancient Inca CityCosta del Sol Cajamarca, Laguna Seca
11 - 12LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage SiteCasa Andina Premium Miraflores, Hotel B

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  • Heritage
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

Lima

1 Night

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.

Included Activities

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.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Hotel B – Opt 2
RoomChamber
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 2 - 4

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Lima to Trujillo

Transfer to your Hotel

Trujillo

2 Nights

Although Trujillo is less frequented, it is certainly as interesting as Chiclayo.

Included Activities

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. )

Hotel Options
Libertador – Opt 1
RoomLibertador, Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Private transfer from Trujillo to Chiclayo (260 km, 3 hrs)

Chiclayo

2 Nights

Step back in time in Chiclayo’s impressive Mausoleum of Sipán, a remnant of the lost civilization of Moche Indians.

Included Activities

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.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 9

Private Transfer with English-speaking guide from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas (425 km, 8-9 hrs approx)

Chachapoyas

3 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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.

Hotel Options
Gocta Lodge – Opt 1
RoomGocta Lodge - Standard
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 10

Private Transfer from Chachapoyas to Leymebamba with English-speaking guide (85 km, 25 hrs)

Leymebamba

1 Night

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
Kentitambo Lodge – Opt 1
RoomKentitambo Lodge - Standard
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 10 - 11

Private transfer from Leymebamba to Cajamarca with English-speaking Guide (220 km, 9-10 hrs approx)

Cajamarca

1 Night

Nestled in the lush green mountains, the pleasant city of Cajamarca is located at 272 meters and features a mix of modern and colorful architecture.

Hotel Options
RoomCosta del Sol Cajamarca - Standard
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Laguna Seca – Opt 2
RoomLaguna Seca - Executive Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 11 - 12

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Cajamarca to Lima

Transfer to your Hotel

Lima

1 Night

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.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Hotel B – Opt 2
RoomChamber
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,590 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,490 /person

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.

Price Includes

  • 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

Not Included

  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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What our guests say about this trip

Peru is a beautiful experience. The people are just amazing , so the food . Machu Picchu is simply surreal and for me Titicaca Lake is a must! but what made the lake experience special was sleeping on one of the reed islands of Uros rather than in Puno. Overall an enchanting holiday

– Patricia Anastasi
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Peru: Highlights of the North

12 days $ 4,590 / person

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