TOUR 6: TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA / LEYMEBAMBA / CHACHAPOYAS / CHICLAYO / M�NCORA / TUMBES
12 days / 11 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 / CAJAMARCA
DAY 2: TRUJILLO – CITY TOUR / 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 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. On the way to this historic city, we will make a stop to have lunch in a restaurant which serves typical specialties. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR
DAY 3: CUMBEMAYO – CITY TOUR

Morning visit to Cumbemayo (3,500 metres/10,600 feet above sea level). 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 to save 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. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
BAÑOS DEL INCA –VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO
DAY 4: BAÑOS DEL INCA –VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO

Before breakfast we go to the Inca baths ( “Baños del Inca” ), only 6 km from Cajamarca. These famous hot springs were already enjoyed by Inca Atahualpa to benefit from the healing properties of the variety of minerals they contain. Afterwards 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 lunch you will have the rest of the day at your free disposal. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
CAJAMARCA / LEYMEBAMBA
DAY 5: CAJAMARCA / LEYMEBAMBA

After an early breakfast we begin a thrilling drive towards Celendín and Balsas to Leymebamba, 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 Leymebamba and stay overnight at the Casona hostel.

   
LEYMEBAMBA / REVASH / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 6: LEYMEBAMBA / REVASH / CHACHAPOYAS

The Department of Amazonas, which includes Chachapoyas and the ancient walled city of Kuelap, is where the main trunk Amazon River violently carves out a valley in the Andes, deeper than the Grand Canyon. This is the land of the cloud people or Chachapoyans who live in the cloud forest high in the Andes overlooking the Amazon Basin, hidden in a perpetual mist with orchids and bromeliads everywhere. After breakfast 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. Then you can enjoy an excursion to the colourful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a edge up high on a cliff. In the afternoon we take off to Chachapoyas where we stay overnight.

   
KUELAP / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 7: KUELAP / CHACHAPOYAS

After a late breakfast you will visit the Kuelap Fortress, 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 that relate to Kuelap and to its history have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies. Following our visit to Kuelap we will go back to Chachapoyas where we stay overnight.

   
CHACHAPOYAS / GOCTA /  CHICLAYO
DAY 8: CHACHAPOYAS / GOCTA / CHICLAYO

Early in the morning we leave Chachapoyas and drive to Cocachimba, where we can see the impressive Gocta Waterfall, with 771 meters the third highest in the world and discovered only some years ago by German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff. Then we continue our journey towards Chiclayo, the capital of the Lambayeque Department where we arrive in the afternoon at the hotel.

   
TUCUME /  MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS
DAY 9: TUCUME / MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS

In the morning we visit 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. Then, in Lambayeque, 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 in 1987 are exhibited in what is considered the most impressive museum in Peru. The afternoon is at your free disposal. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
CHICLAYO / PUNTA SAL
DAY 10: CHICLAYO / PUNTA SAL

We will spend the last days of this varied program on one of the most beautiful beaches of Peru. After breakfast we drive through vast desert landscapes on the Panamerican highway towards the city of Piura where me make a short stop and continue our way to the Club Hotel Punta Sal arriving for a delicious sea food lunch in the early afternoon. The rest of the day you can spend on the long white sand beach just in front of the Club. For many Punta Sal is the finest spot along Peru's north coast with sun and tranquility guaranteed year-round. Overnight in Punta Sal.

   
PUNTA SAL
DAY 11: PUNTA SAL

You have the whole day for relaxing on the beach and pool or you rent a horse riding along the endless beach. Optionally you can take a tour to the Nacional Mangrove Sanctuary close to the city of Tumbes Its plant formations in the shape of large water forests that form swamps, create an attractive, paradise-like setting. We will also visit a crododile farm and you can watch different birds. Night in Punta Sal.

   
PUNTA SAL / TUMBES / LIMA
DAY 12: PUNTA SAL / TUMBES / LIMA

You spend the last day of this great tour on the beach and after lunch we will transfer you to Tumbes airport for taking the afternoon flight to Lima.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 2000.00  
4 US $ 1800.00  
6 US $ 1650.00  
2 US $ 2400.00  
4 US $ 2150.00  
6 US $ 1950.00  

 

Services Included

11 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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