TOUR 11: LIMA / CARAL / HUARAZ / LLANGANUCO / CHAVIN DE HUANTAR / SECHIN / TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA / PIURA / PUNTA SAL / CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS / KUELAP / LEYMEBAMBA / KARAJIA / GOCTA / MOYOBAMBA / SAUCE LAKE / TARAPOTO / LAMAS / LIMA
21 days / 20 nights

LIMA / CARAL / HUARAZ
DAY 1: LIMA / CARAL / HUARAZ

We leave Lima early in the morning with our private vehicle, driving to Caral, the oldest city on the American continent ( 2900 – 1600 B.C. ). Only since 1996 this huge impressive complex ( 66 hectare ) has been excavated and investigated by Peruvian archaeologist Ruth Shady. After the visit we continue our trip towards Huaraz where we arrive in the evening to stay overnight.

   
YUNGAY / LLANGANUCO LAKES
DAY 2: YUNGAY / LLANGANUCO LAKES

After breakfast we go towards the Huascaran National Park to Llanganuco Lake, one of the most beautiful high mountain lakes you’ll find, having a short break at Yungay, a former town which was completely buried and destroyed under a landslide caused by an earthquake in 1970. The 2 Llanganuco lakes are located between snowy peaks, one of them is Huascarán, the highest mountain of Peru ( 6768 m ). We stroll along the lakefront or make a short boat trip before we return to Huaraz, enjoying splendid views over the highest peaks of the White Mountains. Overnight in Huaraz.

   
CHAVIN DE HUANTAR / HUARAZ
DAY 3: CHAVIN DE HUANTAR / HUARAZ

Today we depart from Huaraz to Chavín de Huantar, the famous former magical-religious center of the Chavin empire ( 1200 – 200 B.C. ), considered the cultural matrix of Andean civilization. The archaeological complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and built with heavy granitic stones, gained fame through the finds of a dagger-shaped stone monolith called "Lanzón" inside a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels and the Raimondi Stela, a major piece of art of the Chavin culture. Afterwards we visit the new National Museum of Chavin nearby, where beautiful finds of the Chavin civilization are exposed. Overnight in Huaraz.

   
CASMA – SECHIN / TRUJILLO
DAY 4: CASMA – SECHIN / TRUJILLO

Early departure from Huaraz towards the coastal town of Casma on a varied scenic paved road. We will visit the archaeological site of Sechin ( 1800 B.C. ) . Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello discovered this interesting adobe and stone ceremonial center, which features a wall covered with carefully carved stones outside of the entrance and a painted wall on the inside. The nearby Max Uhle Museum offers information and finds – mainly ceramics - about the main pre-Hispanic cultures that settled in the region. In the evening we will arrive in Trujillo where we stay overnight.

   
TRUJILLO – HUACA DE LA LUNA – CHAN CHAN – HUANCHACO
DAY 5: TRUJILLO – HUACA DE LA LUNA – CHAN CHAN – HUANCHACO

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.

   
EL BRUJO / CAJAMARCA
DAY 6: EL BRUJO / CAJAMARCA

After breakfast we will visit 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 new Cao Museum. Then we travel to the Andean city of Cajamarca, most famous for being the place of the 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. Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
CUMBEMAYO / CITY TOUR /  VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO
DAY 7: CUMBEMAYO / CITY TOUR / VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO

Morning visit to Cumbemayo. 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. At the end of the day we enjoy Ventanillas de Otuzco, impressive carved tombs in the rock cliffs in the hills surrounding Cajamarca, a site of the ancient pre-Inca Cajamarca Civilization Overnight in Cajamarca.

   
BAÑOS DEL INCA /   PIURA
DAY 8: BAÑOS DEL INCA / PIURA

Early in the morning we will visit the thermal springs of Baños del Inca just a few minutes away from Cajamarca in order to benefit from the healing properties of the variety of minerals contained in these waters. Afterwards we will drive to the north on the Panamerican highway, which takes us through desert landscapes, interspersed by fertile river valleys with expansive suger cane and rice fields, arriving in Piura in the afternoon. Overnight in Piura.

   
PIURA / PUNTA SAL
DAY 9: PIURA / PUNTA SAL

After breakfast we drive from Piura to Máncora and then to the little coastal village of Punta Sal, one of the most beautiful beaches of Peru with sun and tranquility guaranteed year-round. Spend the rest of the day on the long white sand beach just in front of the hotel. Overnight in Punta Sal.

   
PUNTA SAL / TUMBES – MANGROVE SANCTUARY
DAY 10: PUNTA SAL / TUMBES – MANGROVE SANCTUARY

In the morning we make a tour to the National 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. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach. Overnight in Punta Sal.

   
PIURA – CITY TOUR  - CATACAOS – CHICLAYO
DAY 11: PIURA – CITY TOUR - CATACAOS – CHICLAYO

After breakfast we take off to Piura and we´ll have a short city tour. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro founded the first Spanish city in the Valley of Tangarará, on the banks of the Chira river, and named it San Miguel de Piura. The Cathedral and San Francisco, the oldest church in the city, date back to Colonial times. The Almirante Miguel Grau Museum is where the most remarkable Peruvian navy hero was born. We will also visit the Vicus Museum, where precious gold burial objects of the prehispanic Vicus civilisation are exhibited. Later on we continue our trip to Chiclayo where we stay overnight.

   
CHICLAYO / TUCUME / MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / HUACA RAJADA
DAY 12: CHICLAYO / TUCUME / MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS / HUACA RAJADA

After a short visit to the so-called witches market, where herbalists, faith healers and witch doctors do business and where you can find all kinds of spices, herbs, dried plants, bones, animal parts, seashells and other related paraphernalia, we drive to 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, wall paintings and reliefs. After lunch you can admire 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 of Peru. Then we have still some time to visit the archaeological site of Huaca Rajada, where the amazing treasures of the Lord of Sipan were found in 1987 by the Peruvian archaeologist Dr.Walter Alva. Overnight in Chiclayo.

   
CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 13: CHICLAYO / CHACHAPOYAS

Early in the morning ride to Chachapoyas, making a stop for lunch in a typical local restaurant and arriving at the hotel in the 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 / KUELAP
DAY 14: CHACHAPOYAS / KUELAP

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

   
REVASH / LEYMEBAMBA / CHACHAPOYAS
DAY 15: REVASH / LEYMEBAMBA / CHACHAPOYAS

After breakfast we will visit the Museum Centro Mallqu, inaugurated in 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 we set off and you can enjoy an excursion to the colourful funeral buildings of Revash, perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. Afterwards we return to Chachapoyas where we stay overnight.

   
KARAJÍA / GOCTA
DAY 16: KARAJÍA / GOCTA

Early in the morning we leave our hotel and visit the Karajía sarcophagi, 48 km northeast of Chachapoyas, Luya. 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. 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.

   
POMACOCHAS / RIOJA / MOYOBAMBA
DAY 17: POMACOCHAS / RIOJA / MOYOBAMBA

In the morning we drive to Rioja and Moyabamba, capital of the San Martin Department with a mild subtropical climate. Before lunch we will explore the mouth of the Tioyacu River, where we can take a relaxing swim and walk around The water is cold and crystal clear, and along its course, it forms pools and little. waterfalls. Before we go to Moyabamba, called the orchid capital of Peru we have a break at the “Chucho Center”. At this lovely place you can degustate some local exotic drinks, prepared and served by the owner 'Don Goyo'. Then we go to Moyabamba to visit an orchid museum with a great variety of these beautiful flowers. In the early evening we will enjoy the natural hot springs at San Mateo, known for their therapeutic properties. Overnight in Moyobamba.

   
MOYOBAMBA / TINGANA /  YACUMAMA
DAY 18: MOYOBAMBA / TINGANA / YACUMAMA

Early in the morning we start for an amzing trip to ecological reserve of Tingana by motorboat on the Avisado River It is a humid ecosystem, unique in the world for its altitude (800 masl / 2625 fasl). Among the many plants there you will find the aguaje palm tree and the ficus. Different exotic mammals giant otters, fraile monkeys, saddle-backed tamarins, black-capped capuchins and sloths as well as, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects inhabit the zone. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful touristy complex of Yacumama, a 24 hectar natural recreation area with little lakes, trails through the jungle, a sandy beach on the Black river and a nice restaurant with typical regional food. Overnight in Moyobamba.

   
TARAPOTO / SAUCE LAKE
DAY 19: TARAPOTO / SAUCE LAKE

After breakfast we drive to Tarapoto and continue our trip to the amazing Sauce Lake, also called Laguna Azul. This is a beautiful mirror lake surrounded by lush vegetation on the shores of the picturesque town of Sauce. It´s good for swimming, practicing watersports or just for relaxing a couple of hours. Overnight at Sauce Lodge

   
AHUASHIYAKU WATERFALL / TARAPOTO
DAY 20: AHUASHIYAKU WATERFALL / TARAPOTO

After breakfast we will drive 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. Then we go to Tarapoto to stay overnight.

   
LAMAS / LIMA
DAY 21: LAMAS / LIMA

In the morning we make an excursion to Lamas, located 21 km from Tarapoto and one of the oldest cities of the Peruvian jungle, founded in 1 656. The native community in this area has preserved intact a wide variety of ancestral rituals despite the passage of time. The music, art and dances of these Quechua-speakers ( the only ones in the Peruvian jungle ) has made this town the folk art capital of the Upper Amazon. In the afternoon we transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Lima where this large and fascinating tour through Norhern Peru comes to an end.

   

Price in US $ per person  ( double room )

Pax Hotel Price
2 US $ 4100.00  
4 US $ 3600.00  
6 US $ 3100.00  
2 US $ 4790.00  
4 US $ 4100.00  
6 US $ 3600.00  

 

Services Included

20 overnight stays in 3* or 4*hotels with breakfast, all tours with English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites, private transportation, transfer to airport.

Services Not Included

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




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