Northern Peru Uncovered

Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Cocachimba, Leymebamba & Chachapoyas

From $3700 per person in low season
From $5100 per person in high season

based on 10 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Discover the pre-Inca civilizations of Peru on this in depth cultural adventure

  • Trek through cloudforest to the impressive Gocta waterfalls

  • Marvel at the views from the hilltop fortress of Kuelap

  • Admire the vast ruins of Chan Chan near Trujillo
  • Look out for sloth, monkeys and an array of birdlife as you cross through the cloudforest

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The best time to visit the north of Peru is from April to October, when temperatures and humidity drops and there is generally much less rain than the winter months from November to March.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Discover Peru's mysterious pre-Inca history on this in depth journey through the country's north, taking in incredible fortresses, museums, tombs and learning about these fascinating civilizations and their legacy. Explore the high Andes, trek through cloudforest and marvel at canyons and waterfalls along the way as you get off the beaten path.

  1. Fly to Lima

  2. Days 1-2: Lima

    Begin in Lima, Peru’s capital city, staying for one night to recover from your international flight. Pay a visit to the Larco Museum with a private guide, which houses a vast collection of ceramics and artifacts from Peru’s pre-Inca civilizations and offers a wonderful insight into the Moche cultures, brought to life by your specialist guide.

    Accommodation: Atemporal (1 night)

  3. Days 2-4: Trujillo

    Fly to Trujillo and check in to your hotel, ready to head out and explore. Trujillo city itself is rather industrial but is a perfect base for discovering the region’s desert ruins which are truly impressive and surprisingly well preserved by the desert heat. A private guide will take you out to Huacas del sol y la Luna, huge temples which date back to the Moche era and still boast colored frescoes. Discover the Huaca el Dragon and continue to the fishing village of Huanchaco for lunch where you can still observe local fishermen heading out to sea on their traditional canoes made from reeds. After lunch you will be taken to Chan Chan, an incredible adobe citadel which remains from the Chimu culture and is the largest of the remaining Chimu ruins.

    Accommodation: Downtown Costa del Sol Trujillo (2 nights)

  4. Days 4-6: Chiclayo

    Next stop is Chiclayo, stopping on route at El Brujo archaeological complex, famous for its brightly colored murals and the Lady of Cao museum which is home to the tattooed mummy of the first female Moche ruler. Once in Chiclayo, you will also enjoy a guided tour of the lavish Tombs of Sipan, a 1,700 year old Moche tomb where vast quantities of gold and silver were discovered and can be seen at the Royal Tombs museum, along with Tucume to visit the archaeological complex of the Valley of the Pyramids.

    Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (2 nights)

  5. Days 6-8: Cocachimba & Gocta

    A long but scenic drive brings you to Gocta Andes Lodge in Cocachimba, which is ideally placed to visit the Gocta waterfalls which sit surrounded by dramatic rock formations and deep within the cloudforest. Trek to the falls through valleys and sugar plantations, into the forest where you may see sloth, monkeys and an array of birdlife. After approx. 2 hours of hiking you will reach the base of the falls, which are one of the tallest in the world. If you’re feeling brave you may wish to take a dip in the pool at the base of the falls!

    Accommodation: Gocta Lodge (2 nights)

  6. Days 8-10: Leymebamba

    From Cocachimba, drive to Leymebamba, stopping on route to visit the Karija Sarcophogi, a burial site for important Chachapoya warriors which are represented by the huge funerary statues set high up on the mountainside, shaped like humans. Once you arrive in Leymebamba we recommend a visit to the museum which houses an incredible 219 mummies. A full day expedition is included to the hilltop fortress of Kuelap which sits at an altitude of 3,030m / 9,940ft and boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside and cloudforest. Take the cable car up to this enigmatic site and admire the towering walls and well-preserved temples.

    Accommodation: Kentitambo Lodge (2 nights)

  7. Days 10-11: Chachapoyas

    Your final stop is Chachapoyas. Along the way you will stop to enjoy close-up views of the tombs of Ravesh which look like miniature houses, perched on the clifftop and dating back to 1,200AD. On arrival you will check into your hotel and will have some time at your leisure to explore the historical center, ending with a final visit out to the 1,000m / 3,280ft deep Sonche Canyon. Fly back to Lima on your final day and connect with your flight home, or choose to add more time on here should you prefer.

    Accommodation: La Casona Monsante (1 night)

  8. Fly home via Lima

Experiences

  • Discover Lima & the Larco Museum

    Founded by Francisco Pizarro as the 'City of Kings', modern day Lima is a bustling and metropolitan city. Explore the colonial plazas, rediscovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites, famous museums such as the Larco and the wonderful food!

  • Gocta Waterfalls Trek

    Explore the natural wonders of Gocta Waterfalls, deep in the heart of the Peruvian cloud forest.

  • Kuelap Ruins

    Explore Kuelap, nicknamed the Machu Picchu of the north, an important Chachapoya citadel and the largest ancient stone structure in South America.

  • Leymebamba Mummy Museum

    Visit the community run Leymebamba Museum, home to over 200 Chachopoya and Inca mummies.

  • Mausoleums of Revash

    Pay a visit to the mausoleums of Revash which sit perched on the cliffside of the Utcubamba Valley, boasting spectacular views.

  • Sipan Museum, Tucume and Huaca Rajada

    Spend the day exploring Chiclayo's archaeological gems including the ancient pyramids of Tucume, the tomb of Lord Sipan and a rich collection of Moche relics at the Royal Tombs Museum.

  • Trujillo to Chiclayo with El Brujo

    On the way to Chiclayo, visit the archaeological site of El Brujo where the famous mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered in 2006.

Location

Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Cocachimba, Leymebamba & Chachapoyas

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