The Treasures of Northern Peru Tour
Explore the fascinating archaeological ruins of Northern Peru, on an off-the-beaten-path adventure to this far less visited region of the country. Beginning in Lima, you’ll get to know the city before flying north. Around Trujillo and Chiclayo, not far from the border with Ecuador, there is a wealth of pre-Incan sites to discover, from pyramids and temples to ancient cities and gold-laden tombs. These ancient places date back to as early as 100AD and their scope is truly incredible. The north is also where you’ll find Peru’s best beaches and you’ll be rounding off your adventure with a few days of all-out relaxing in the lovely coastal area of Punta Sal.
- Take in the varied neighbourhoods and city centre highlights of Lima
- Enjoy the cocktail bars and ceviche restaurants of Peru’s capital
- Visit organic farms and traditional Ichimay Wari crafts workshops
- Explore the 6th Century pre-Hispanic Religious Sanctuary of Pachacamac
- Wander the ancient streets of the incredible pre-Incan city of Chan Chan
- Travel into the Northern Peruvian Andes and enjoy beautiful landscapes and wildlife
- See mummies, pyramids, temples and tombs in the ancient archaeological sites of the north
- Discover the secrets of Kuelap archaeological site, the heart of Chachapoyas culture
- Visit the Cocachimba community and participate to weaving workshops and sugarcane preparation
- Take a horse riding tour through the dry carob forest of Pomac
- Relax on one of Peru’s best beaches and swim in the warm Pacific waters around Punta Sal
This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide during all excursions. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs and requirements.
Beginning in the capital city of Lima, you’ll get to see all the highlights of the city, from the modern coastal neighbourhoods to the colonial centre. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the city’s famous dining scene and sip a view Pisco Sours in its cocktail bars. In nearby Lurin, you will participate in traditional fair trade ceramic and textile workshops, visit the Pachacamac Unesco archaeological complex and the tranquil Casa Blanca organic farm.
After a few days in the south you’ll fly north to Trujillo where you’ll see the ancient temples of the Sun and Moon built during the Moche civilisation of around 100AD to 800AD. You’ll also visit Chan Chan, a vast adobe city that was once home to some 30,000 people before it was conquered by the Incas in 1470AD. You can still see the layout of the city as you wander through its walled citadels and admire its intricate frescos and carvings.
From there you’ll continue to Chiclayo, a busy state capital, which is home to many well-preserved colonial mansions and a busy market where you can buy anything from traditional fabrics to fresh fruit and shamanic potions. In nearby Tucume, the tomb of the Lord of Sipan offers a glimpse of the riches of the past, and although many of its treasures were looted over the years, there is still an impressive display of gold and silver in the nearby museum.
Heading north-east into the Andes, not far from the border with Ecuador, you’ll spend several days staying in small rural villages in the valleys and mountains of the region. Here again, you’ll discover ancient treasures of temples and pyramids overgrown with tropical plants or nestled in the forest, as well as spending time with the local communities and learning about their lives. On your last day in the Andes you'll visit Kuelap, the mysterious city of the North, perched high above the clouds. As you explore this Andean fortress you'll learn about Chachapoyas' ancient culture. Finally, you’ll travel to the Northern Pacific Coast, where you can relax on one of Peru’s best beaches, Punta Sal. The weather here is positively balmy and the calm waters are warmed by the coastal currents.
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- Trip duration: 14 days
- Countries visited: Peru
Medium: Accommodation in B&Bs or 2-star family-run hotels (always in a private room).
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Low
- Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Lima, 2 nights in a hotel in Trujillo, 2 nights in a hotel in Chiclayo, 1 night in a rural lodge in Tucume, 1 night in a guest house in Cocachimba, 1 night in a guest house in Chachapoyas, 1 night in a guest house in Pueblo Maria, 1 overnight bus, 2 nights in a hotel in Punta Sal
- Transport: Internal flights, mini-van, bus, private car
- Meals included: 13 breakfasts
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 15%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
- Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for a bigger group. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website (for UK citizens) and US Travel Advice website (for US citizens). Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Peru, like most of our adventures through South America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat.
- Best time to travel: All year round
- Extra budget recommended: Around £300 / $350 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
The Treasures of Northern Peru Tour
£ 2,185 GBP
Explore the fascinating archaeological sites of Northern Peru on an off-the-beaten-path adventure to this far less visited region. Beginning in Lima, you’ll enjoy pisco sours and ceviche before flying north. Around Trujillo, Chiclayo and Chachapoyas there are a wealth of pre-Incan sites to discover, from pyramids and temples to ancient cities and gold-laden tombs. These ancient places date back to as early as 100AD. The north is also where you’ll find Peru’s best beaches, and you’ll round off your adventure with a few days relaxing in the lovely Punta Sal.