Northern Peru Discovery
Peru, 9 Days Price upon Request Themes
This trip takes the visitor on a journey of discovery along the northern coast and Andes of Peru, between the cities of Trujillo, Chiclayo and Cajamarca, lands once dominated by the empire of the Moche and then Incas. At the end you have the opportunity to relax on the beach.
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Day 1 LIMA / TRUJILLO
Arrival in Trujillo and transfer to your hotel. The Huaca de la Luna and the Moche countryside. One of the most interesting characteristics of the Moche culture was their artists, who obtained the highest level of mastery in the creation of pottery and decorative iconography of their monuments. The Temple of the Moon is exquisitely and decorated temple that represents the spiritual center of the Moche culture. It consists of a series of temples built one on top of the other over decades. In the upper reaches of the adobe ramparts the walls are decorated with figures of multi-colored divinities, the most of important Moche God Ai-Aipek. Lunch. Hotel overnight. L
Day 2 TRUJILLO
We start the day with a visit to Chan Chan, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire, which inhabited this region after the fall of the Moche. At over 500 acres, it is the largest known adobe complex in the world, and is divided into 9 separate smaller cities. We will visit some of the restored sectors. Then we will explore the Huaca Dragon as some have interpreted the central motif to be that of a dragon. Outer walls have reliefs of snakes and peculiar lizards.
Drive to Huanchaco for lunch. A once tiny fishing village, occupied in pre-Incan times by fishing communities' oceangoing canoes built from local reeds. The peculiar method used to maneuver these water crafts gave rise to their nickname, the "Little Reed Horses", and are believed to be the predecessor of the surf board as they used their crafts to ride the waves upon returning from a day at sea.
The tour of the city center begins at the Main Square or Plaza de Armas with a view of the most beautiful facades of the colonial houses, including a visit to the Urquiaga House, among others. B/L
Day 3 TRUJILLO AND CHICLAYO
Early departure to Chiclayo. On the road visit to the archaeological complex of El Brujo. The archaeological site is located north of Trujillo, near Chocope, in the Ascope province. At the El Brujo archaeological site there are three huacas: Huaca Cao Viejo, Huaca El Brujo, and Huaca Prieta. These structures were built by the Moche people, who lived there between the years A.D. 100 and 700. The Huaca Cao Viejo was most likely used for religious rituals. Within this temple, archaeologists have found the ruins of an important ceremonial precinct. Its two walls decorated with small high-relief iconographic designs. The narrative scenes that decorate both walls each contain approximately 50 iconographic figures showing scenes of fishing and navigation, human figures related to the cosmic world, mythical animals, shamans, warriors, and human sacrifice. At Huaca El Brujo the archaeologists found the famous mummy of the Lady of Cao, the only Moche shaman woman known to these days. Lunch of local specialties in a tourist class restaurant in Pacasmayo. Arrival in Sipán for a visit the Huaca Rajada, or Cracked Temple, archeological site. At Huaca Rajada we'll find the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipan; one of the most powerful Moche kings of his time, with absolute power of life and death over all his subjects. Upon his death he was buried, together with his host of attendants and much of his riches, in a remarkable burial complex. The complex has multiple differentiated areas, among them religious monuments, patios, cemeteries, living areas, military fortifications, etc. B/L
Day 4 CHICLAYO
Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan Museum. In the museum, one of the most modern and acclaimed in all South America, one can appreciate the magnificence of the archaeological find at the Sipán site: ceramics, textiles, jewelry in gold and silver, and an enormous quantity of ceremonial utensils. Lunch in a tourist class restaurant in Chiclayo. Afternoon visit to the Valley of the Pyramids and the on-site museum.
Túcume was the last capital of the Lambayeque kingdom. The Túcume pyramids are among the principal monuments of the region. Their 26 enormous structures are made entirely of adobe, and were designed for diverse ritualistic, commercial, residential and other functions. The construction of these pyramids was begun in the 10th century. Huaca Larga is the largest structure, with an impressive 2300 feet in length, 920 feet in width and 100 feet in height. It's the single largest adobe structure in South America. Recent discoveries at the site include painted murals in its interior squares, surrounded by walkways and roofed in galleries. Hotel overnight, dinner on your own. B/L
Day 5 CHICLAYO – CAJAMARCA
Transfer to Cajamarca by car. On the way you have the opportunity to admire the Peruvian Andes landscape and the famous campiñas of Cajamarca. Arrive at our hotel, lunch and free time to roam the city and its surroundings. B/L
Day 6 CAJAMARCA
The city of Cajamarca offers the visitors lovely churches. One can appreciate the San Francisco Church, the Santa Catalina Church, or the Cathedral of Cajamarca. The "Cuarto del Rescate", or Ransom Room, has been preserved in Cajamarca, and is one of the most important archaeological treasures in northern Peru.
This small enclosure served as the storage room for the gold and silver treasures offered by the Incas in exchange for the freedom of their Emperor, the Inca Atahualpa. But in the larger sense, it represents the end of one of the most important and distinct cultural epochs in human history, and the beginning of the colonization and cultural transformation of Peru. Afternoon visit to Otuzco. The Ventanillas de Otuzco is a pre-Incan cemetery complex located only 5 miles to the east of Cajamarca in the small town of Otuzco.
With a total of 337 funerary niches, or mini burial cavities carved out of solid rock, the complex was utilized by the ancient population of the valley of Cajamarca until 1450 A.C. Its construction dates from approximately 50 B.C. Dinner and overnight. B/L
Day 7 CAJAMARCA
After lunch we will visit the site of Cumbemayo, located less than 10 miles outside the city of Cajamarca, but at an altitude almost 2,500 feet higher (11,450 feet above sea level). The site is framed by an unusual and picturesque landscape which includes an eerily beautiful rock formation known as "The Friars". It is considered the oldest waterworks in the Andes, whose principal objective was to transport water from the Atlantic watershed to the Pacific watershed by crossing the continental divide, which runs through the mountains above Cajamarca.
The waterworks are divided into three sections of canals, of 2,800 feet, 8,500 feet, and over 18,500 feet in length. The canals, carved out of solid rock and display almost perfectly flat and straight canal walls and base, with 90 degree angles joining the two. The Cumbemayo waterworks are estimated to be over 3,500 years old. Overnight. B/L
Day 8 LIMA
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima. Meet in Lima airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free. B
Day 9 LIMA
Transfer to the Lima airport to board ongoing flight. B
Dinners in the main cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes laundry services, and additional tours, insurance and airline tickets.
Hotels with breakfast and tours where mentioned, entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites, transportation, transfers, and lunches during full-day tours as well as official guides in the main sites.