Less visited than the sights in the South, this 7-day extension takes you off the beaten track and into the unique, under-explored, raw authenticity of Peru's ancient cultures.
Northern Peru's famous sites include Chan Chan, which was once served as the capital of the Chimu culture and was the largest pre-Colombian city in South America; Tucame which is home to 26 giant pyramids and the Lord of Sipan Museum. The mountain top fortress of Kuelap and the picturesque Gocta waterfalls.
Day 1 - Trujillo
Days 2 & 3 - Chiclayo
Days 4 - 6 - Chachapoyas
Day 7 - Lima
Take an early morning flight from Lima to Trujillo
Once you have checked in to your hotel you will be taken on a full-day tour visiting the Huaca Dragón (Dragon Temple), also known as the Rainbow Temple, located in the outskirts of Northern Trujillo.
You will then visit the Chan Chan archaeological complex, the largest city of the pre-Columbian Americas and the capital city of the Chimú culture. The city is believed to have been built in 850 AD and was home to around 50,000 people.
Your final stop will be Huanchaco, an ancestral fisherman’s cove, where it is possible to watch a thousand-year-old tradition of fishermen using reed boats known as Caballitos de Totora.
Meals: B, L
On your way to Chiclayo, you will be taken to the Valley of Chicama, to visit the archaeological complex El Brujo, which belonged to the Mochica culture. Here you will see pyramids reaching up to 150 feet in height with walls decorated with friezes and coloured reliefs that depict complex scenes, characters, and geometric designs.
On your second day in Chiclayo you will have a full day tour to Tucume, the valley of the pyramids, the Museum of Royal Tombs, which houses the tomb of Lord of Sipán, and the Huaca Rajada Archaeological site.
Meals: B, L
Today you will make your way to Chachapoyas, this will take approximately 10 hours.
On your second day in Chachapoyas, you will have a half-day tour to Kuelap, an imposing fortress built by the Chachapoyas culture.
The fortress is one of the most significant lithic monuments in Peru, which rises 3000 metres above the Cerro Barreta. The site is higher, larger and older than the more famous Machu Picchu and considerably more remote
On your last full day in Chachapoyas, you will have a full day tour to Gocta Falls. Hike to Cocachimba, a paradise in the middle of the jungle that houses different waterfalls, including Gocta, one of the highest waterfalls in the world.
Day 4 & 6 Meals: B, L
Day 5 Meals: B
Return to Lima for further exploration of Peru, or take an onward flight
(Valid for 2022 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room. 2023 prices from £1,479 pp)
International flights to Peru from the Uk start from £589 per person
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6 nights’ accommodation as detailed
11 meals; 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Full-day City Tour of Trujillo
Half-Day Tour to Kuelap
Full-day tour to Gocta Falls
Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary
International flights if not added
Meals not indicated in your itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
Camera or video fees at any sites
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