TOUR 5: TRUJILLO / CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS / LEYMEBAMBA / CAJAMARCA
8 days / 7 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 – CITY TOUR - / EL BRUJO / CHICLAYO
DAY 2: TRUJILLO – CITY TOUR - / EL BRUJO / CHICLAYO

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. In the mid morning we will board our vehicle which takes us through desert landscapes, interspersed by fertile river valleys with expansive suger cane fields and we reach the archaeological complex El Brujo. In 2006 there was discovered the mummy of a femal Moche governor, the so-called Lady of Cao and precious burial gold and silver offerings which we can observe in the Cao Museum. Afterwards we continue to the north on the Panamercian highway and arrive in Chiclayo 3 hours later. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
HUACA RAJADA / MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / CHICLAYO
DAY 3: HUACA RAJADA / MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / CHICLAYO

In the morning we depart from Chiclayo to the famous archaeological site of Huaca Rajada close to the village of Sipan, where the amazing treasures of the Lord of Sipan were found in 1987 by the Peruvian archaeologist Dr.Walter Alva. Then 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 the archaeological site of Huaca Rajada are exhibited in this museum. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
TUCUME - CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 4: TUCUME - CHACHAPOYAS

In the morning we will visit the Túcume Pyramids with the impressive temple Huaca Larga, the largest adobe building in the world ( 700 m ). The Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki fame, explored these pyramids which revealed burial sites with textiles, Incan figurines, paintings and mural reliefs. Afterwards we drive within 7 hours to Chachapoyas, the capital of the Amazonas department, where we stay overnight.

   
CHACHAPOYAS – KUELAP - LEYMEBAMBA
DAY 5: CHACHAPOYAS – KUELAP - LEYMEBAMBA

The Department of Amazonas, which includes Chachapoyas and the ancient walled city of Kuelap, is where the main trunk Amazon River violently carved out a valley in the Andes, deeper than the Grand Canyon. This is the land of the cloud people or Chachapoyans who lived in the cloud forest high in the Andes overlooking the Amazon Basin, hidden in a perpetual mist with orchids and bromeliads everywhere. After a late breakfast you will visit the Kuelap Fortress ( about 3 hours from Chachapoyas ), a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop a precipitous mountain 3000 masl. Kuelap was discovered nearly 70 years before Machu Picchu and was built in the 9 th century AD by the Chachapoyas culture. The citadel covers an area of about 7 acres with some 420 circular buildings that include a watchtower and a castle. The buildings have rhomboid friezes and vaulted niches in the walls A narrow walled tunnel-like passageways lead into the interior, strategically built to prevent invaders from entering. Recent amazing discoveries in nearby areas to Kuelap have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies. Following your visit to Kuelap, we go to the village of Leymebamba where we will stay overnight.

   
REVASH / LEYMEBAMBA – MUSEUM CENTRO MALLQUI
DAY 6: REVASH / LEYMEBAMBA – MUSEUM CENTRO MALLQUI

After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion to visit the colourful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. Then we drive towards Leymebamba where we arrive for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Museum Centro Mallqui; there are displayed about 200 Chachapoyas mummies and their burial offerings discovered and recovered in 1997 from the Laguna de Los Cóndores, a mysterious little lake situated in this district. Once at risk from looters and vandals, today this valuable collection is housed in this magnificent museum. Overnight in La Casona de Leymebamba.

   
LEYMEBAMBA  - CAJAMARCA
DAY 7: LEYMEBAMBA - CAJAMARCA

Early in the morning we begin a thrilling drive towards Celendín, Cajamarca, crossing two cordilleras and several different habitats, such as cloud forest, agricultural land, desert-like areas and the Marañon Canyon. The journey is one of Perus most spectacular itineraries. We will arrive in the early evening in Cajamarca, the most important highland city in the North. It´s 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.

   
CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR - LIMA
DAY 8: CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR - LIMA

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. Afterwards we make a short City Tour which 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. Then we will bring you to the airport for the flight to Lima.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 1550.00  
4 US $ 1400.00  
6 US $ 1300.00  
2 US $ 1700.00  
4 US $ 1540.00  
6 US $ 1440.00  

 

Services Included

7 overnight stays in 3* or 4*hotels with breakfast ( 1 night in 2*hotel ), all tours with English speaking guide, 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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