TOUR 7: TRUJILLO / CHICLAYO / CAJAMARCA / LEYMEBAMBA / CHACHAPOYAS / GOCTA / MOYOBAMBA / TARAPOTO
12 days / 11¤t=5 nights

LIMA / TRUJILLO – SUN AND MOON TEMPLE - HUANCHACO
DAY 1: LIMA / TRUJILLO – SUN AND MOON TEMPLE - 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 - / CHICLAYO / TUCUMÉ
DAY 2: TRUJILLO – CITY TOUR - / CHICLAYO / TUCUMÉ

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 and rice fields and we reach Chiclayo 3 hours later. Accommodation at your hotel and after lunch 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, mural paintings and reliefs. 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. Overnight in Chiclayo.

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

In the morning we depart from Chiclayo to the famous archaeological site Huaca Rajada from the Moche Culture ( 100 – 800 AD ) 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, 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 are exhibited in what is considered the most impressive museum in Peru. After lunch you can spend the afternoon at your free disposal. Night in Chiclayo.

   
CHICLAYO / CAJAMARCA - CITY TOUR
DAY 4: CHICLAYO / CAJAMARCA - CITY TOUR

After breakfast we travel through varied interesting coastal and highland landscpapes to the Andean city of Cajamarca, where we arrive for lunch. Cajamarca (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. 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. From the Santa Apolonia hill you have a magnificent panoramic view of the town and the fertile, green valley surrounding it. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
CUMBEMAYO  - VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO
DAY 5: CUMBEMAYO - VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO

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. In the afternoon we visit impressive carved tombs in the rock cliffs on a hill surrounding Cajamarca, the so-called Ventanillas de Otuzco, a site of the ancient pre-Inca Cajamarca Civilization ( 200 – 1300 AD ). Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
BAÑOS DEL INCA / LEYMEBAMBA
DAY 6: BAÑOS DEL INCA / LEYMEBAMBA

Before breakfast we will visit the unique place of Baños del Inca, only 6 km from Cajamarca. The hot springs were already enjoyed by Inca Atahualpa to benefit from the healing properties of the variety of minerals contained in these thermal waters. Then 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 evening in Leymebamba and stay overnight at the Casona hostel.

   
LEYMEBAMBA / REVASH / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 7: 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 inaugurated in June 2000; 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 to stay overnight.

   
KUELAP / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 8: 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 drive back to our hotel in Chachapoyas.

   
CHACHAPOYAS / KARAJÍA / GOCTA
DAY 9: CHACHAPOYAS / KARAJÍA / GOCTA

Early in the morning we leave Chachapoyas and visit the Karajía sarcophagi, 48 km northeast of Chachapoyas. These mud caskets of the Chachapoyas culture are 2 m long, with flat, broad faces and decorated with geometric figures. They are strategically located at the top of a limey rock crest. Then we drive to the spectacular Gocta Waterfall, with 771 meters the third highest in the world and discovered only a few years ago by German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff. In a 3 hours trek you can see a pristine cloud forest scenery with a variety of plants, hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys and butterflies. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.

   
 MOYOBAMBA / LAMAS / TARAPOTO
DAY 10: MOYOBAMBA / LAMAS / TARAPOTO

In the morning we take off early to Moyabamba, capital of the San Martin Department at an altitude of 860 meters above sea level with a mild subtropical climate. Moyabamba is called the orchid capital of Peru; we make a short stop to visit an orchid museum to admire a great variety of these beautiful flowers. In the afternoon we continue our journey to Lamas, located 21 km from Tarapoto. Lamas is one of the oldest cities of the Peruvian jungle, founded in 1656 by the Spanish Conquistadores. The native community in this area has preserved intact a wide variety of ancestral rituals despite the passage of time. In the early evening we arrive at the tropical city of Tarapoto where we stay overnight.

   
TARAPOTO
DAY 11: TARAPOTO

Tarapoto is the largest city of the Department of San Martin, 350 metres above sea level and has a hot tropical climate. You can spend the whole day enjoying the fabulous facilities of the hotel, especially the tropical garden with its big swimming pool.

   
TARAPOTO / LIMA
DAY 12: TARAPOTO / LIMA

In the morning of the last day of this diversified tour we will go to the lovely Ahuashiyaku waterfall just 14 km in the outskirts of Tarapoto. There is a lush vegetation and you can observe a variety of butterflies, birds and insects. We return to the hotel and after lunch we transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Lima.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 1900.00  
4 US $ 1750.00  
6 US $ 1600.00  
2 US $ 2350.00  
4 US $ 2100.00  
6 US $ 1900.00  

 

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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