TOUR 3: TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA / CHICLAYO / LIMA
6 days / 5 nights

LIMA / TRUJILLO – SUN AND MOON TEMPLE -CHAN CHAN / HUANCHACO
DAY 1: LIMA / TRUJILLO – SUN AND MOON TEMPLE -CHAN CHAN / HUANCHACO

Morning flight to Trujillo and transfer to your hotel. Trujillo, today the 3rd largest city of Peru and called the “City of Eternal Spring”, was founded in december 1534 by order of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro and still maintains a colonial atmosphere. Before lunch we visit the Huaca de la Luna – the religious centre of the Moche Culture where archaeologists are excavating beautiful friezes and wall paintings. In the afternoon we continue on to Chan Chan, the largest adobe citadel of America and former capital of the Chimu Empire. Then we stroll along Huanchaco beach to admire the traditional reed boats known as “Caballitos de Totora” used by local fishermen in the same way as their Moche and Chimu ancestors. Overnight in Trujillo.

   
TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA
DAY 2: TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA

After breakfast we begin the city tour which includes Trujillo´s magnificent Main Square with its cathedral from the 17th century, ornate colonial mansions and the archaeological museum, which offers a collection of archaeological finds from all the different pre-Colombian cultures of the Northern Peruvian coast. Afterwards we travel with our private vehicle to the Andean city of Cajamarca, 2,750 meters (9,000 ft.) above sea level. Cajamarca (2,750 meters or 9,000 ft. above sea level ) is most famous for being the place of first contact between the Spanish conquistadores and the Inca Civilization. Here Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa, the last of the independent Inca leaders, and imprisoned and executed him. We will arrive in the early evening in Cajamarca and bring you to the hotel.

   
CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR - BAÑOS DEL INCA
DAY 3: CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR - BAÑOS DEL INCA

In the morning we go to Cumbemayo (3,500 metres/10,600 feet above sea level), a 30 minutes drive from Cajamarca. Towering rock formations ("Los Frailones") house archaeological sites which include petroglyphs, grottos and a spectacular pre-Inca aqueduct carved in the rock; unique in South America. The afternoon City Tour includes the picturesque Main Square, the Cathedral, the San Francisco and Belén Churches with their splendid 17th century facades, and the famous ‘Ransom Room’ which was filled with gold and silver in order to save the life of the last Inka king Atahualpa who was held prisoner by Francisco Pizarro. From the Santa Apolonia hill you have a magnificent panoramic view of the town and the fertile, green valley surrounding it. At the end of the day, we enjoy a visit to the well-known Baños del Inca to benefit from the healing properties of the variety of minerals contained in the thermal springs there. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO / CHICLAYO
DAY 4: VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO / CHICLAYO

After breakfast we visit the impressive carved tombs in the rock cliffs in the hills surrounding Cajamarca, the so-called Ventanillas de Otuzco, a site of the ancient pre-Inca Cajamarca Civilization ( 200 – 1300 AD ). After an early lunch we take our private bus and appreciate the different landscapes between highlands and coast on the way to Chiclayo, the capital of the Lambayeque Department. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
SICAN MUSEUM -TUCUMÉ - HUACA RAJADA - CHICLAYO
DAY 5: SICAN MUSEUM -TUCUMÉ - HUACA RAJADA - CHICLAYO

In the morning we will visit the Sican Museum to admire the treasures of the Lord of Sicán discovered by Japanese archaeologist Izumi Shimada in the Huaca Loro, a temple of the Sican culture. Then we continue on to the Túcume Pyramids with the impressive temple Huaca Larga, the largest adobe building in the world ( approx. 2300 ft long ). The Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki fame, explored these pyramids which revealed burial sites with textiles, Incan figurines and paintings. In the local museum managed by the inhabitants of the area, you will appreciate a realistic depiction of how people lived here 1000 years ago. After lunch we go to the famous archaeological site of Huaca Rajada close to the village of Sipan, where the amazing gold treasures of the Lord of Sipan were found in 1987 by the Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / LIMA
DAY 6: MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / LIMA

On the last day of this varied program we visit the excellent Museum of the Royal Tombs - a real highlight of this tour. Hundreds of gold, silver and ceramic treasures of the Lord of Sipan and other important Moche governors, discovered at Huaca Rajada, are exhibited in this museum. Afternoon free to explore Chiclayo before the evening transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 800.00  
4 US $ 720.00  
6 US $ 650.00  
2 US $ 940.00  
4 US $ 860.00  
6 US $ 780.00  

 

Services Included

5 overnight stays in 3* or 4*hotels with breakfast, all tours with English speaking guides, entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites, private transportation, transfers on arrival and departure.

Services Not Included

Airline tickets and airport taxes, meals, beverages, tips, insurance.




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