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.

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Itinerary Summary

Day Place Highlights Hotel Options
1 - 2 Lima Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage Site Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Hotel B
2 - 4 Trujillo UNESCO World Heritage Site Chan Chan, Huanchaco, El Brujo Libertador
4 - 6 Chiclayo Royal Tombs of Sipan, Huaca Rajada, Sican National Museum Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
6 - 9 Chachapoyas Kuelap Ruins, Gocta Falls, Revash Horseback Riding, Leymebamba Museum Gocta Lodge
9 - 10 Leymebamba Kuelap Ruins, Gocta Falls, Revash Horseback Riding, Leymebamba Museum Kentitambo Lodge
10 - 11 Cajamarca Costa del Sol Cajamarca, Laguna Seca
11 - 12 Lima Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage Site Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Hotel B

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer to Hotel

Lima

1 Day

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

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.)

Hotel Options

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores – Opt 1
Room Superior Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Hotel B – Opt 2
Room Chamber
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique
Day 2 - 4

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Lima to Trujillo

Transfer to Hotel

Trujillo

2 Days

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. (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.)

Hotel Options

Libertador – Opt 1
Room Libertador, Superior Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Day 4 - 6

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

Chiclayo

2 Days

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 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.)

Hotel Options

Casa Andina Select Chiclayo – Opt 1
Room Superior Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Day 6 - 9

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

Chachapoyas

3 Days

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

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)

Hotel Options

Gocta Lodge – Opt 1
Room Gocta Lodge - Standard
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique
Day 9 - 10

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

Leymebamba

1 Day

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

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)

Hotel Options

Kentitambo Lodge – Opt 1
Room Kentitambo Lodge - Standard
Meals Breakfast
Style Lodge
Day 10 - 11

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

Cajamarca

1 Day

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options

Costa del Sol Cajamarca – Opt 1
Room Costa del Sol Cajamarca - Standard
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Laguna Seca – Opt 2
Room Laguna Seca - Executive Suite
Meals Breakfast
Style Lodge
Day 11 - 12

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Cajamarca to Lima

Transfer to Hotel

Lima

1 Day

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

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores – Opt 1
Room Superior Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Hotel B – Opt 2
Room Chamber
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,970 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,470 /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
    • 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.
    • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
    • Insolvency insurance
    • 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.

– Basia Haszlakiewicz-Kuan
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