Our seven day northeastern Peru tour is designed with an excellent mixture of museums, wildlife sites, large cities, Andean villages, arid deserts, cloud forests, coasts, mountains, and jungles. In just one week, we will show you the diversity of northeastern Peru and give you an opportunity to see the treasures of this region for yourself. With so much to Expedition in such a short amount of time, this tour is a perfect option for a fantastic vacation!
Our tour guide will pick you up at the airport and take you to the first stop on our tour – the Temples of the Moon and the Sun. This is an archaeological site of the Moche culture that was built around 100 AD. It was excavated by Peruvian archaeologists in 1992 and has shown the world the sophistication of this former pre-Columbian civilization from some 1300 years ago. The site museum displays exquisite pieces of ceramics, textiles, wood carvings, and jewelry while the Huaca Moon fascinates its visitors with its well-preserved polychrome murals in high relief and marvelous architecture. After visiting the Temples of the Moon and the Sun, 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. Afterwards, we will eat lunch at the most popular seaside resort in Huancaco before driving about three hours along the Panamerican Highway to Chiclayo. When we arrive in Chiclayo, we will drop you off at the hotel of your choice to spend the night (Approx. 7:00 pm). Lunch included.
We will live our second day to the fullest by visiting the most important places around Chiclayo. We will begin by going 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. After a traditional lunch in Lambayeque, 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. At the end our trip (approx. At 6:00 pm), we will drive north and stay in a lodge called Los Faiques near the town of Salas. Our customers always leave this place satisfied after a peaceful evening with good food and beautiful nature. Breakfast, lunch and dinner inlcuded.
We will leave early in the morning for the Amazon region. This is a different journey, crossing various regions of Peru (eight to be exact) including coastal landscapes, Andean mountains, and jungle forest. We will stop at the Porcuya Continental Divide, a site with majestic views where the two South American basins reach their highest point in this part of the country. We will see the irrigation project called Olmos, the valley of the great Marañón and Utcubamba rivers, and take the ascent route to Chachapoyas. When we arrive, we will go to the Gocta Andes Lodge (approx. 6:30 pm) and spend the night. Breakfast and lunch included.
The amazing Gocta Falls awaits us today! Standing 771 meters (2,530 feet) tall and consisting of two perennial falls, this is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The path leading to Gocta is surrounded by a vast forest with vegetation that is typical of the cloud forest of northern Peru. Along the route, you will enjoy taking periodic breaks with breathtaking views of the valley and will be able to gain perspective on how big the waterfall actually is. Although the walk takes five hours (no option to ride a rented a mule), the stunning scenery will make this hike feel much shorter than it is. You will see primary forest, orchids, medicinal plants, timber trees, and birds such as the masked trogon (masked trogon), endemic marbled carpenter (picumnus steindachneri), and the cock of the rock (the national bird of Peru). Woolly yellowtail monkeys (Lagotrix flavicauda) have also been sighted in this area and the landscapes themselves are worthy postcards. After visiting the falls, you will also have the opportunity to see the daily life of the Cocachimba community, its sugar mills that process sugarcane, archaeological remains of the Chachapoyas, and fossils that date back to the Cordillera geological formation that formed millions of years ago. In the afternoon we continue our journey through the region and spend the night at the hotel of your choice in Chachapoyas, the capital of Amazonas. Breakfast and lunch included.
Early in the morning, upon arriving to the capital of the Amazonas region, we will go to the hotel to settle down and have breakfast. After eating, we will leave to tour the impressive archaeological site of Kuélap. This site has been compared countless times with Macchu Picchu by expert travelers and explorers and has the benefit of having far fewer visitors. Built 1,500 years ago, discovered almost seventy years before Macchu Picchu and located 700 m. higher than the famous Inca site, Kuelap is a colossal walled city that was home to thousands of Chachapoyas. It has an imposing exterior wall that is taller than 20 meters (65 feet) in some places and a length of more than seven hectares. WIthin the walls you will find about 440 households and many other ceremonial buildings of note. Due to the offerings found at the site and symbols that decorate the major temples and enclosures, archaeologists believe that this citadel was the most important religious ceremonial center for the Chachapoyas culture. When you combine the religious significance with the domestic architecture, it becomes very clear as to why this site is one of the most unique in South America. After visiting Kuelap, we will drive to Leymebamba and spend the night (aprox. 6:30 pm). Breakfast und lunch inlcuded.
We think this day is one of the best ways to wrap up a trip in this region! We will begin by visiting the magnificent community collection of the Leymebamba Museum that houses incredible pieces recovered by Peruvian archaeologists in the Laguna de los Cóndores. This museum has almost two hundred and twenty Chachapoyas mummies (yes! mummies!) that were recovered along with about two thousand artifacts including pottery, textiles, and wood carvings. When we are finished exploring the museum, we will travel about eight hours to Cajamarca and enjoy one of the most impressive routes in all of Peru. While the trip is long, the landscape will take your breath away and provide you multiple opportunities for taking perfect photos! When we arrive in Cajamarca, we will stay at the hotel of your choice. Breakfast and lunch included.
The final day of our journey culminates 2,700 meters above sea level in the city where two cultures represented by the conquistador Pizarro and the Inca emperor Atahualpa once met. The city of Cajamarca will give us a beautiful conclusion to our journey as we begin the day with a visit to Cumbe Mayo – a ceremonial Canal about three thousand years old and an important ritual site for the Chavin culture. Here, you can see the advanced technological knowledge, stonework, and engineering that the Chavin used to build this fascinating canal. As we walk towards the ceremonially canal (about 3,500 meters above sea level), we will see stunning rock formations that locals call Frailones. Afterwards, we will return to the city to tour its historic center by visiting all of the major temples, mansions, and the iconic “Ransom Room” where the last emperor of the empire paid an enormous amount of gold for his freedom. We will also visit the plaza de armas and learn about the history-changing event that took took place here in 1532. After lunch, we will go to the Cajamarca airport where you will have time to check in and board your flight. Breakfast and lunch included.
Minimum Departure: 2 Passengers
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