TOUR 8: TRUJILLO / CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS � KARAJ�A, KUELAP, REVASH, LEYMEBAMBA, GOCTA / CHICLAYO
10 days / 9¤t=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 december1534 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 / TUCUM
DAY 2: TRUJILLO CITY TOUR - / CHICLAYO / TUCUM

After breakfast we begin the city tour which includes Trujillos 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 Tcume 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. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
HUACA RAJADA - BRUENING MUSEUM - MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS
DAY 3: HUACA RAJADA - BRUENING MUSEUM - MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS

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 archaeological museum Bruening in Lambayeque, named after the German engineer and explorer of the North Peruvian cultures ( 1848 1928 ) where you will get a good overview of the most important pre-Hispanic cultures of Northern Peru. After lunch you can admire one of the best archaeological museums in South America, the 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 here. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 4: CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS

Early in the morning we begin our journey towards Chachapoyas, passing through a variety of beautiful landscapes and arriving there in the late afternoon . 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. Overnight in Chachapoyas.

   
CHACHAPOYAS / KARAJA
DAY 5: CHACHAPOYAS / KARAJA

After breakfast we leave Chachapoyas and visit the Karaja sarcophagi, 48 km northeast. These mud caskets are 2 m long, with flat, broad faces and decorated with geometric figures. They are strategically located in the middle of a limey rock crest. Overnight in Chachapoyas.

   
KUELAP / LEYMEBAMBA
DAY 6: KUELAP / LEYMEBAMBA

After 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 your visit to Kuelap, we will go to the village of Leymebamba where we stay overnight.

   
LEYMEBAMBA - MUSEUM CENTRO MALLQUI / REVASH
DAY 7: LEYMEBAMBA - MUSEUM CENTRO MALLQUI / REVASH

We set off early in the morning to the village of Leymebamba where we 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 Cndores, 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. Later on you will enjoy an excursion to visit the colourful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. Then we return to Chachapoyas where we stay overnight.

   
 GOCTA WATERFALL
DAY 8: GOCTA WATERFALL

After breakfast we take off to visit the spectacular Gocta waterfall, with 771 meters the third highest in the world and discovered only some years ago by German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff. In a 5 hours trek you can see a pristine cloud forest scenery with a variety of plants, hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys and butterflies. Overnight at Gocta Lodge with a brilliant view to the waterfall.

   
GOCTA / CHICLAYO
DAY 9: GOCTA / CHICLAYO

In the morning we take our vehicle and drive towards Chiclayo, arriving in the afternoon at our hotel where we spend the last night of this fabulous tour.

   
CHICLAYO / LIMA
DAY 10: CHICLAYO / LIMA

We take the first flight in the morning back to Lima.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 1720.00  
4 US $ 1550.00  
6 US $ 1400.00  
2 US $ 1990.00  
4 US $ 1830.00  
6 US $ 1690.00  

 

Services Included

8 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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