5D/4N Northeastern Peru Tour
Explore Peru like never before!
We invite you to visit some of the most interesting places on the northern coast of Peru in this unique tour that covers two beautiful regions of the area. We have combined archaeology, nature, city sites, and traditional cuisine in a great five-day tour that allows you to see the most remarkable sites of Trujillo and Chiclayo in a short amount of time. Come Expedition the hidden gems that the coast of northern Peru has to offer and Expedition the country like never before!
Day 1: Hotel Transfer & City tour
Our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice. After checking in, we will begin our tour by exploring the historic center of Trujillo where we will visit its main houses, churches, parks and streets. Along the way, we will stop at a toy museum and see the collection of Jose Cassinelli where you can see thousands of archaeological pieces in excellent condition. This tour is usually done on foot, but if you prefer to walk less we can provide you with a car service for the visit to the Cassinelli collection. After the conclusion of this day tour (approx. 3:00 pm) we will drive you to the hotel in Trujillo to spend the night. Lunch included.
Day 2: Huacas de Moche & Chan Chan
We begin our second day of the tour with a visit to one of the biggest attractions in northern Peru – the Temples of the Moon and the Sun. This is an archaeological site of the Moche culture built around 100 AD that was excavated by Peruvian archaeologists in 1992. This site is a brilliant presentation of the sophistication of this pre-Columbian civilization that thrived some 1300 years ago. The museum on site is sure to fascinate you with its beautiful collection of exquisite ceramics, textiles, wood carvings and jewelry while the pyramid itself will impress you with its incredibly well preserved polychrome murals in high relief and marvelous architecture. In the afternoon, after eating lunch at the most popular seaside resort in Huancaco, we will head to the Chan Chan archaeological complex. This archaeological site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 and is considered the most extensive citadel of mud in the world. We will visit one of the nine “palaces” that make up the immense archaeological site and see ceremonial spaces decorated with motifs of great artistic quality. After this tour we will return to Trujillo (approx. 5:00 pm) to spend the night at the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3: Huaca el Brujo – Transfer to Chiclayo
We begin this day driving north towards the city of Chiclayo. On the way, we will stop at the Huaca El Brujo located about thirty minutes away from the Panamerican Highway. This huaca has perhaps the most breathtaking views of the northern coast of Peru. It is a site from which you can see the desert, vast farmland, and the Pacific Ocean. We will then make a visit to the White Huaca which has murals of great beauty. You will see the “Lady of Cao” who was discovered in 2006 by a team of Peruvian archaeologists and is thought to be a high ranking priestess or even a Moche ruler. Afterwards, we will tour the rest of the museum that unveils 5,000 years of the region’s history. In the afternoon, we will continue the journey to Chiclayo and arrive about three hours after we leave the El Brujo complex. If you wish, we always have the flexibility to stop en route for photos or bathrooms. When we arrive in Chiclayo, we will go to the hotel (approx. 5:00 pm) and spend the night. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4: Ruta Sicán
We dedicate our fourth day of the tour to the Lambayeque culture (also known as Sican) which is one of the pre-Columbian societies of the region that was more developed in metallurgy. We will begin our morning driving to the northeast and visiting the Chiclayo Sican National Museum. This museum houses two elite tombs discovered by the Japanese archaeologist, Izumi Shimada. These tombs were discovered in the northern shelf of one of the huacas called Huaca Loro. The museum, though small, is quite didactic and has a gold room where the great funerary equipment of these former rulers is displayed. The tour continues with forest of Pomac, which is one of the four historic shrines of Peru. It has more than 5,800 hectares of land that are home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles as well as typical equatorial dry forest and the fabulous archaeological site of Batan Grande – Sican where two of the pristine tombs from the museum were found. In the afternoon, we will visit Túcume, an archaeological center with the most extensive pyramids in the region. We will visit a neat lookout and then walk the halls of the local museum to look at beautiful pieces made by the Lambayeque, Chimu, and Incas. After visiting the museum we will take a tour of Huaca Las Balsas – the smallest pyramid site in the area but also the most decorated. It has friezes in high relief that provide us with great information about the life of the Peruvian ancestors. Following our tour of Huaca Las Balsas, we will head back to the hotel in Chiclayo (approx. 5:30 pm) and spend the night. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 5: Ruta Sipán
On the last day of our tour, we visit one of the oldest archaeological sites in Peru and see the fabulous royal tombs of the Moche. After breakfast we will go southeast to the iconic archaeology site of Huaca Rajada – Sipán – an archeology site that was discovered and excavated between 1987-1990 and contains a wealth of information about the history of the Moche culture. While visiting the site, we will see the famous Lords of Sipán tomb as well as 14 others that are arranged in their original location. After leaving Huaca Rajada – Sipán, we will go to Ventarrón, a site that was recently excavated in 2007 and contains the earliest polychrome walls of the Americas. The main pyramid, built about five thousand years ago, has three well-preserved levels that have stunning art murals. The site offers a great opportunity to closely observe ancient paintings as well as see other pyramids in the area from the top of the Ventarrón huaca lookout. After a traditional lunch in Lambayeque, we will visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum which is considered to be the best in the north of the country and one of the top ten museums in the world (according to the magazine Art News in 2010). This museum is home to the famous “Lords of Sipán” tomb that was discovered in 1987 by Walter Alva and is the burial site for dignitaries of the highest rank in the Moche culture. All of the pieces that the museum presents are original and have artistic quality equal to the greatest civilizations in world history. In the afternoon (approx. 6:30 pm) we will go to the Chiclayo airport where you will have time to check in and board your flight. This ends the tour. Breakfast and lunch included.
|Trujillo Airport, Peru (TRU)