The ultimate way to experience the north coast of Peru! This comprehensive program is a great way to see another side of our country – one little known to many of the tourists that visit Peru, but one that is incredibly rich in culture, scenery, and tradition. We take 11 days to visit the most significant cities, archaeological sites, and landscapes in the region while eating delicious traditional food along the way. If you enjoy learning about ancient civilizations, modern cultures, culinary traditions, nature, and wildlife, there is no doubt this tour will keep you entertained every step of the way. Our 11 day North Coast of Peru Tour covers the best of the best in the region and will leave you with countless experiences of a lifetime!
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Lima (from the airport or your hotel).|
|RETURN LOCATION||The Tumbes airport.|
|REQUIREMENTS||This tour requires a minimum of 2 people.|
|SCHEDULE||See the “Itinerary” tab.|
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B = breakfast included, L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included
Lima - Caral - Casma
Cerro Sechín - Chanquillo
After lunch, we will go to Chanquillo and look at the the oldest calendar in the Americas. Here, in the desert, we will see “the pillars of the Sun” that have marked solstices, equinoxes, and seasons for nearly 2600 years. We will then visit the main temple which was thought to be a fortress for a long time but is now understood to have been a ceremonial site where pilgrims saw the sun god illuminating the thirteen towers. After we conclude our tour of Chanquillo (approx. 4:30 pm) we will go back to Casma and stay overnight in the hotel. (B, L)
Casma – Trujillo Historic City Center
Huacas de Moche and Chan Chan
We begin our fourth day of the tour with a visit to one of the biggest attractions in northern Peru – the Temples of the Moon and the Sun. This is an archaeological site of the Moche culture built around 100 AD that was excavated by Peruvian archaeologists in 1992. This site is a brilliant presentation of the sophistication of this pre-Columbian civilization that thrived some 1300 years ago. The museum on site is sure to fascinate you with its beautiful collection of exquisite ceramics, textiles, wood carvings and jewelry while the pyramid itself will impress you with its incredibly well preserved polychrome murals in high relief and marvelous architecture.
In the afternoon, after eating lunch at the most popular seaside resort in Huancaco, we will head to the Chan Chan archaeological complex. This archaeological site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 and is considered the most extensive citadel of mud in the world. We will visit one of the nine “palaces” that make up the immense archaeological site and see ceremonial spaces decorated with motifs of great artistic quality. After this tour we will return to Trujillo (approx. 5:00 pm) to spend the night at the hotel. (B, L)
Huaca el Brujo – Transfer to Chiclayo
In the afternoon, we will continue the journey to Chiclayo and arrive about three hours after we leave the El Brujo complex. If you wish, we always have the flexibility to stop en route for photos or bathrooms. When we arrive in Chiclayo, we will go to the hotel (approx. 5:00 pm) and spend the night. (B, L)
In the afternoon, we will visit Túcume, an archaeological center with the most extensive pyramids in the region. We will visit a neat lookout and then walk the halls of the local museum to look at beautiful pieces made by the Lambayeque, Chimu, and Incas. After visiting the museum we will take a tour of Huaca Las Balsas – the smallest pyramid site in the area but also the most decorated. It has friezes in high relief that provide us with great information about the life of the Peruvian ancestors. Following our tour of Huaca Las Balsas, we will head back to the hotel in Chiclayo (approx. 5:30 pm) and spend the night. (B, L)
After leaving Huaca Rajada – Sipán, we will go to Ventarrón, a site that was recently excavated in 2007 and contains the earliest polychrome walls of the Americas. The main pyramid, built about five thousand years ago, has three well-preserved levels that have stunning art murals. The site offers a great opportunity to closely observe ancient paintings as well as see other pyramids in the area from the top of the Ventarrón huaca lookout.
After a traditional lunch in Lambayeque, we will visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum which is considered to be the best in the north of the country and one of the top ten museums in the world (according to the magazine Art News in 2010). This museum is home to the famous “Lords of Sipán” tomb that was discovered in 1987 by Walter Alva and is the burial site for dignitaries of the highest rank in the Moche culture. All of the pieces that the museum presents are original and have artistic quality equal to the greatest civilizations in world history. In the afternoon (approx. 6:30 pm) we will go to the hotel in Chiclayo where you will have time to eat and relax. (B, L)