Lost Empires of Peru

This 7 night itinerary travels to the lesser visited sites of Chan Chan, the pyramids of  Tucume and the Royal Tombs of Sipan before continuing to Chachapoyas, gateway to the remarkable archaeological complex of Kuelap.

Highlights:  Lima – Trujillo – Chan Chan – Chiclayo – Tucume –  Chachapoyas – Kuelap

We can adapt this itinerary to include Cuzco and Machu Picchu or an Amazon River Cruise, the Colca Canyon or other destinations in Northern Peru such as Lambayeque or the beaches near Piura.

Day 1

Trujillo

Arrival in the city of Trujillo, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Trujillo will be your base for 2 nights.

Day 2

Moche Valley - Temple of the Dragon - Chan Chan

Full day excursion to the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the tombs of the Mochica Culture in the Huacas de Moche museum. In the afternoon stop at the Temple of the Dragon, and the archeological complex of Chan Chan.

Day 3

Trujillo - Chiclayo

Transfer to Chiclayo. Visit the Brujo Museum, named after the polychrome friezes on its walls and a pre-Inca cemetery. The well-preserved mummy known as the Lady of Cao was discovered only a few years ago, possibly ruler of the Moche culture. 2 nights' accommodation in Chiclayo.

Day 4

Huaca Rajada - Tucume - Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

Full day excursion starting with a visit to Huaca Rajada archaeological site where the Lord of Sipan treasures were found. Then it’s off to the Pyramids of Tucume, an impressive urban centre.

In the afternoon visit the museum which houses the Royal Tombs of Sipan, built as an exact representation of the original tomb with amazing treasures of gold, silver and precious stones.

Day 5

Chiclayo - Chachapoyas

Full day transfer from the city of Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. During the journey, cross one of the driest deserts of the planet, travel up into the Andes, and down to the Marañon River, a tributary of the Amazon, and through the fabulous Itcubamba canyon. Arrival in Chachapoyas and transfer to the hotel. 3 night stay in Chachapoyas.

Day 6

Cruzpata - Karajia - Quiocta Caves

Excursion to the village of Cruzpata and walk to view the Karajia Sarcophaguses: 2 meter tall figures, which are hollow inside and covered with a mixture of clay, straw and gravel spread on top of a wooden structure. A pear shaped chamber protects the mummy, which was sitting and wrapped with deer skin.

Afternoon visit to the Quiocta Caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Day 7

Kuelap

Kuelap is located at an altitude of 3000m. Although the complex of round houses at Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is nothing like so well known. However, recent findings in nearby areas has attracted the attention of archeologists, international magazines and television documentaries and Kuelap is beginning to get more attention and visitor infrastructure has greatly improved over the last decade.

Day 8

Return to Chiclayo and drop off at the airport.

Please call us to discuss extensions.

The above sample Peru holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

 

Hotels

Peru has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Peru holiday.

 

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Peru Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Peru holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Peru holiday.

 

Duration of your Peru Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Peru holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

 

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Peru holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made Peru holiday.

 

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