Feel like Indiana Jones as you venture off the beaten path to discover the most intriguing and mysterious secrets of Peru’s lost civilizations from before and beyond the Inca. Few travel Peru quite like this.
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.
City Tour of 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 hours, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity.)
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. (09:00 to 17:00. 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. (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 our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity.)
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 the 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, 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 enchance your understanding of the Moche people by exploring the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. The highlight of the musuem is the mummy of the Lord of Sipan and his mummified entourage as well as other artefacts of the Moche. (09:00 to 17:00. 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.
Journey from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas
With your private guide and driver, 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. (Approx 8 hours drive, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)
Sarcophagi of Karajia
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. (07:00 – 17:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included).
Hike To Gocta Falls
Starting out early in the morning, drive to the village of Cocachimba where the hike begins. The 5km trail takes you through 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. (Hike approx 6 hours, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch Included)
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.
Visit to Kuelap Ruins
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. (08:00 to 16:00, Lunch included in local restaurant, Private activity)
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.
Visit to Leymebamba Museum and Journey to Cajamarca
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. (08:00 – 18:00, Private Activity, Boxed Lunch 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
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Lima – Trujillo
Cajamarca – Lima
All activities as listed :
Lima: 07 Oct: City Tour of Lima
Trujillo: 09 Oct: Discover Trujillo City, the Sun and Moon Pyramids and Chan-Chan Ruins
Trujillo: 10 Oct: Visit to El Brujo Archeological Site In Route from Trujillo to Chiclayo
Chiclayo: 11 Oct: Visit to the Tucume Pyramids and the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Chachapoyas: 12 Oct: Journey from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas
Chachapoyas: 13 Oct: Hike to Gocta Falls
Chachapoyas: 14 Oct: Sarcophagi of Karajia
Leymebamba: 15 Oct: Visit to Kuelap Ruins
Cajamarca: 16 Oct: Visit to Leymebamba Museum and Journey to Cajamarca
All airport and hotel transfers
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
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.
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Fees and taxes
This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.
What our guests say about this trip
Everything was so well orchestrated. We never had to worry about any procedures, haggling over taxis, getting lost. And the cost of hotels was well negotiated and locales were vetted by Enchanting Travels. The guides were for the most part exceptional, and the personal tours were truly a highlight. I will forever more have a tough time going on conventional tours with dozens of people.
Amelia, our trip coordinator, was attentive to our needs and changes, and responded promptly with patience.
We felt we were always in good hands, well cared for. It was a worry free vacation.