Northern Peru Cultural Immersion
Travel by land from Lima to Northern Peru and discover the secrets of Northern Archaeology including a night in Caral, considered as one of the oldest cultures in America. We continue to Chavin de Huantar near Huaraz and then on to Trujillo and Chiclayo where you will board a flight back to Lima. This itinerary includes a visit to the sprawling 500-acre complex of adobe palaces built by the pre-Inca Chimú culture know as Chan Chan and also the fabulous Moche Temples of the Sun and the Moon. In Chiclayo the Royal Tombs Museum is a must and also a visit to Sipán archaeological site and Túcume, pyramids.
Day 1 - Lima / Caral
Early morning departure from Lima by private transport towards Huaraz. We will visit the site of Caral, dating from 2600BC, and considered the oldest city of Americas. Lunch at Empedrada Lodge where you will spend the night. The lodge is inspired by Caral “The oldest civilization in America,” taking their ancient principles of deep spirituality, respectful integration and use of the elements of nature and harmony with the surrounding fluid. At Empedrada they provide an environment that creates these feelings of wellness and balance in a steadily and continuous manner through the whole experience.
Note: 6 day Lost Cities version is also available. On that itinerary, you go all the way to Huaraz on day 1 and then the rest of the itinerary is the same as the 7 day itinerary.
Day 2 - Caral / Huaraz
Early morning visit to the tangerine and avocado fields where you will learn more about the process of growing and harvesting these products. Return to hotel and continue to Huaraz crossing the spectacular Andean scenery. Overnight at Andino Hotel.
Day 3 - Chavin de Huantar / Huaraz
Visit Chavin de Huantar, built about 800 BC. This is a religious center of the Andes with a labyrinth of underground ritual passages and carvings. It is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch depart to Huaraz. Overnight at Andino Hotel.
Day 4 - Huaraz / Sechin / Trujillo
Early depart to descend to the coast. Visit the ruins of Sechin. Here it is possible to find close to 500 carved monoliths. Then continue to Trujillo. Overnight at Libertador Hotel
Day 5 – Trujillo
Full day tour. Visit the City and its colonial buildings and explore the Moche Valley including the pyramids of Sun and the moon with their impressive colorful decorations. After lunch at Huanchaco beach, demonstration how fishermen used the famous totora reed boats as their ancestor did in the past. Then continue to the adobe city of Chan Chan, capital of the Chimu Empire. Overnight at Libertador Hotel.
Day 6 - Trujillo / Chiclayo
Morning depart to Chiclayo. On the way, visit the ceremonial Moche center of El Brujo. Continue to Chiclayo. Overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel.
Day 7 - Chiclayo / Lima
Morning visit to Sipán archaeological site burials, the valley of pyramids of Tucume and the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. Lunch at local gourmet restaurant. Night transfer to the airport for flight to Lima.
Fixed Departures: Friday
Private Departures: Daily
Operates: All year
7 Day Tour 2021 Prices per person in US$: (double occupancy). Min. of 2 required for group tour rate
6 Day Tour 2021 Prices per person in US$:
Some sites in Huaraz and Trujillo are closed on Mondays
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