From the Northern Treasures to the Andes highlights
Pre-inca cultures of North Peru
The rarely-visited north of Peru is an incredible area to explore, beautiful and full of history, with archaeology dating from pre-Inca times (between 100 and 1500 AD). The pre-inca cultures of the Chachapoyas in the north made significant achievements building great cities, fortresses, tombs and temples. This tour will take you through many distinct and contrasting areas of Peru, from the dry coastal desert, the Andean mysterious cloud forest or eyebrow of the Amazon, to the high Andean valleys of Cusco surrounded by snowcapped peaks. A travel through time and the history of Peru with the awe-inspiring climax of the secret citatel of Machu Picchu.
Tour highlights Northern Peru and the Andes:
- Visit the beautiful coastal cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo
- See some of the less known but magnificent remains of the North of Peru.
- Take a chance to swim around the beautiful Gocta waterfall - the third highest in the world at 771 mts.
- Be amazed by the diverse range of plants, flowers and birds in the highland-Amazon cloud forest.
- Discover the strange and unsual burial practices of the ancient Chachapoyas people.
- Enjoy the Inca history and its legends recounted by our passionated guides.
- Spend your nights in specially selected hotels.
- Discover some awe-inspiring megalithic Inca buildings.
- Spend time watching Andean performances whilst dining in select restaurants.
- Indulge yourself in the multi-flavored cuisine of Lima.
Departures:Departures: Daily all yearDestinations:Lima, Caral, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chachapoyas, Kuelap, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu PicchuReservation code:NP16
- Arrive in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
- Morning free. Afternoon visit Lima Museums. Overnight in Lima
- Day excursion to Caral. Overnight in Lima
- Transfer to the airport. Flight Lima/Trujillo. Transfer to Hotel. Excursion Temples of the Sun and the Moon, Huanchaco and Chan Chan. Overnight in Trujillo.
- Transfer to Chiclayo. Visit of the Huaca el Brujo and Huaca Cao. Overnight in Chiclayo
- Huaca Rajada, Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, pre-Columbian pyramids of Tucume. Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Overnight in Chahapoyas
- Free day in Chachapoyas. Overnight in Chachapoyas
- Visit the funeral buildings of Revash. Afternoon visit of the Pre-Inca mummies in the town of Leymebamba. Overnight inChachapoyas
- Day excursion to Kuelap. Overnight in Chachapoyas
- Full day Gocta. Overnight in Gocta
- Transfer to Chachapoyas to the airport. Flight Jaen/Lima/Cusco.Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco
- Morning free. Afternoon City tour of Cusco.Overnight in Cusco
- Day Excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
- Train to Machupicchu. Tour of the Sanctuary. Overnight in Aguas Calientes Town
- Free time to explore Machu Picchu Sanctuary on your own (Climb Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain). Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
- Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon Lima City tour. Evening international flight.
Day 1 Arrival Lima
International flight arrival in Lima. On arrival to Lima we will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in the exclusive district of Miraflores.
Lima was founded on January 18, 1535 by the conqueror Francisco Pizarro and was considered, for almost three centuries, as the Vice-Royal Capital of South America. This fantastic city is nowadays an immeasurable mix of cultures, ethnicities, races and bloods. A festival of colors and customs, an immense wealth of folklore and Creole, between the ancient and the modern.
Overnight in Lima.
No meals included.
Day 2 Larco Herrera and National museums
You will have the morning at leisure, you can explore the Malecon of Miraflores and enjoy the beautiful oceans view, also Lima has been considered Latin America‘s Gastronomic Capital and it’s the location for a great number of restaurants that top the World’s 50 Best Restaurants where you can have multiple options for lunch.
In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel for your tour: enjoy a visit to the Larco Herrera and National museums of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Lima.
The Larco Herrera Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from the Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
The National museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History is Peru’s biggest museum and houses the "Estela Raymondi" and the "Tello Obelisk" monuments, two important carved stone pieces dating back to the Formative period 1000 years B.C. It features the largest textile collection, with fabrics from the Pre-Ceramic period through the Inca Empire, and a major collection of Ancient Peruvian metals.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 3 Excursion to Caral
Today we will have a full day excursion to Caral. This ancient city is an exceptional testimony of the Caral civilization, the oldest in the Americas, developed five thousand years ago, almost simultaneously with those of Mesopotamia, Egypt and India.
It is a unique laboratory in the Americas, because of its great age, for research into the formation of the State; the urban way of life; social distinction and hierarchies, the roles of trade and the importance of religion in the social organization; aspects that can be compared with the other centers of civilization in the Americas and in the world with which it was contemporary.UNESCO delegated Caral as a world heritage in 2009.
It is located 190 km (120 miles) north of Lima in a lush valley. Its stone pyramids, plazas and residential buildings spreads out over 150 acres of desert.
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4 Trujillo city tour and Chan Chan
Morning transfer to the airport for your Flight Lima/Trujillo. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Once checked in you will be off for your day excursion:
We will head south of town to visit the temples of the Sun and the Moon built by the Moche Culture around 500 AD. These 130-feet-tall pyramids are thought to be the largest adobe structures in the Americas.
We continue to visit the beach town Huanchaco, where fishermen have fished with reed boats called Caballitos De Totora, made since pre-Inca times. With time for a delicious lunch and to relax on the beach, we then visit Chan Chan, the capital de Chimú dynasty (1200 a 1470 AC) and the largest mud clay city of America, the excursion takes you to the impressive royal palace built by the Chimu culture in the pre-inca period.
Return to your hotel.
Note: In private service it is possible to add the Trujillo City Tour which includes the Casa Urquiaga, Palacio Iturriagui, Casa de la Emancipacion and La Merced Church, then visit the grand central plaza and walk around the streets lined with colonial mansions. Please ask your travel consultant for this tour.
Overnight in Trujillo.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 5 Chiclayo, Temples of the Sun and the Moon and the Lord of Sipan.
Today we will leave for the Chicama valley covered by the green of the sugar cane plantations. We arrive at the El Brujo Archaeological Complex and visit the Huaca Cao, the place where the remains of the Lady of Cao were discovered. The temple preserves in the Ceremonial Plaza the reliefs that represent the prisoners with a rope around their necks, officiants and spiders. Inside the temple, the murals that show the design of the peace cat or life and the manta rays stand out. In the Cao Museum, the mummy of the Lady of Cao is preserved, as well as her jewels: necklaces, earrings, nose rings and crowns.
Return to Trujillo and in the afternoon, you will board your Bus to Chiclayo, arriving at the evening. Upon your arrival we will transfer you to your hotel.
Note: In Private Service you will travel by private car to Chiclayo, en route you will visit El Brujo Archaeological Complex and visit the Huaca Cao.
In the afternoon visit the Bruning museum which exhibits cultural assets that explain the chronological sequence of the cultural development of Peru, with representative ceramics of the cultures of the region, highlighting objects from the Mochica and Lambayeque cultures.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Day 6 Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and pyramids of Tucume
In the morning we will travel to the town of Lambayaque to visit Huaca Rajada, a Moche pyramid and the place chosen to safeguard the remains of The Lord of Sipan. The Lord ruled around 200 AD over the Moche culture, and his gold-laden tomb is considered to be the richest in the Americas.
At Huaca Rajada an exact replica of the tomb can be seen, revealing the complex funerary rites employed by Moche culture, and their belief in an afterlife.
Then you will visit the *Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, that exhibits the most important archaeological remains of the Mochica Culture, in an exceptional exhibition that combines maximum scientific accuracy, security and enjoyment to show the jewels, emblems and ornaments found in 1987 in the tomb of the Lord of Sipán. The Lord of Sipan was adorned with remarkable jewelry fashioned from gold, silver, turquoise and Spondylus shell, and he was accompanied by women, children and warriors. *The museum is closed on Mondays.
After lunch, we will visit the 26 pre-Columbian pyramids of Tucume. These pyramids were excavated by Thor Heyerdahl (of Kon-tiki fame), who discovered 102 burial sites, textiles, Incan figurines and depictions of reed boats. These items, along with goods from far-flung corners of the South America, allowed Heyerdahl to prove that the ancient people of Tucume were experienced voyagers and traders.
At around 20:00 we will transfer you to the bus terminal to board the night bus to Chachapoyas (10 hours).
Overnight in Bus
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 7 Free day in Chachapoyas
Upon arrival our representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. You will have this day at your leisure to explore Chachapoyas on your own. Places of interest around the city are the Plaza de Armas and the Casona Monsante, considered a historical monument of the XIX Century and Cultural Heritage of the Nation.
Note: In Private Service today you can have a Private car from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Here you will cross four different Peruvian departments: Lambayeque, the South of Piura, the North of Cajamarca and finally Amazonas. This drive starts in the coast and arrives to the cloud-forest of Chachapoyas. Notice that this is a full day trip of 10 hours until we reach Chachapoyas.
Overnight in Chachapoyas.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
Day 8 Chachapoyas - Funeral buildings of Revash - Leymebamba mummies
After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion on horse to visit the colorful funeral buildings of Revash perched on a ledge up high on a cliff. They overlook a valley and a tributary of the Utcubamba, near the town of Santo Tomas. The Cliff walls at Revash are decorated with geometric designs and figures of camelids. Some of the tombs are decorated with T and a cross-shaped niches.
After lunch, you will continue to the town of Leymebamba to visit an amazing collection of well-preserved pre-inca mummies discovered in the "Laguna de los Condores".
Overnight in Chachapoyas.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
Day 9 Kuelap - Chachapoyas
After breakfast you will visit Kuelap, a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop of a precipitous mountain. Although Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not as well known to the outside world.
Nevertheless recent amazing discoveries in the nearby areas to Kuelap have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies.
Overnight in Chachapoyas.
Breakfast, Box lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 Full day Gocta Waterfalls
Today you will hike to Cocachimba, a paradise in the middle of the jungle that houses different waterfalls, including Gocta, one of the highest waterfalls in the world. Walk along a beautiful route full of vegetation and wild animals. You will enjoy wonderful views and the imposing waterfall where the strength of the water and the pleasant sensation of the dew will renew you.
Overnight in Gocta.
Breakfast and Box lunch included.
Day 11 Chachapoyas to Jaen Airport - flight Jaen/Lima/Cusco
Transfer by road from Chachapoyas to the airport of Jaen for your flights Jaen/Lima/Cusco.
You will high up in the Peruvian Andes to Cusco, once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.
On arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Free time to get adjusted to the altitude and to acclimatize.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 12 Cusco City tour - Sacsayhuaman - Qenko - Puka Pukara-Tambomachay
You will have the morning free to explore on your own and in the afternoon, you will have your City Tour.
First, we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the Textile Art Museum of Sulca to see their lovely textile made by hand.
Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 13 Sacred Valley of the Incas
This will be a full day tour where you will enjoy the varied landscapes of the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as “Valle Sagrado de los Incas”, along the way we can see attractive colonial towns and isolated villages of indigenous communities that continue their tradition for weaving, pottery and agriculture. Main attractions will be the handicraft markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it is definitely the perfect match between a cultural experience, the andean sunlight and delicious typical food.
We will visit first the famous Pisac Colorful Indian market to see the handicrafts and taste delicious empanadas baked in huge typical ovens. Afterwards, continue to the Pisac ruins above the town for a visit of the Sun Temple and admire the many surrounding terraces. We will continue to Urubamba to enjoy lunch, then off to one of the original Inca towns of Ollantaytambo to be amazed by the ruins that sit in front of the quaint town. After a wonderful day you will return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night.
Overnight in Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 14 Machu Picchu Sanctuary private tour
This morning you will ride on the train from Ollantaytambo with breathtaking views to Aguas Calientes. You will check into your hotel and then take the bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
In your way up to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have spectacular views from the Mountains and the typical flora and fauna of the mysterious Cloud Forest. It is highly recommended to have lunch in Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant located in the entrance of the Citadel, enjoying the atmosphere of this magical place and then have a quiet guided tour after noon, with less crowds and the chance to see the amazing sunrise.
With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures. We are sure that this will be a unique experience!
The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more.
Note: New regulations have been stablished for the visit to Machu Picchu since 2019, according to these statements there are certain schedules for the visit, with the Machu Picchu ticket you can stay 4 hours as maximum in the Citadel. Please notice that Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 am to 5:30pm. aumentar
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 15 Free time in Machu Picchu on your own- Cusco
Today you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own pace.
You have the option to return to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site for a second time with a private guide or you can choose to visit the waterfalls of Mandor. Optionally you can choose to climb one of the Mountains in Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak:
These short treks inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas. You have to see it with your own eyes!
If you are staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel (4 stars category), you can opt to do one of the various excursions on the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides as the Hotel is located inside the cloud forest, also you can enjoy the Unu Spa, characterized by a mystical Andean approach. The natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), offering a spiritual, sensual and relaxing experience.
Please make sure you check out of your hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and to pick up your luggage and to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure.
Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train to the Poroy or Ollantaytambo station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Note: Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum. The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 16 Cusco - Lima - City tour of Lima - International flight
It is time to say goodbye to Cusco, at a scheduled time, we will transfer you to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival to Lima our representative will meet you from the exit gate, it is advisable that you go straight over to leave your luggage in the airport storage.Then you will be transferred to the drop off/pick up point in Miraflores in front of the Marriott Hotel. You will have free time for lunch.
In the early afternoon you will be picked up from in the drop off/Pick up point in front of the Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service. We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991.
We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Right after we visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple.
Then we will visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international flight.
IncludedEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions as mentioned in the programGuide:Professional English/Spanish guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day 14Meals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels / Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)
- International flights and Domestic flights
- Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Second day visit to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
- Insurance: Travel insurance
- Anything not mentioned in program
Casa San Blas
Casa San Blas Boutique is small attractive hotel in the middle of the historic artisan San Blas district and located at a quiet spot. It houses in an finely restored colonial mansion and the rooms are decorated with beautiful handmade weavings.
The entire staff has been carefully selected and trained about exactly how to please a customer. Flexibility is a key word in their customer service style. Casa San Blas Boutique lodge offers you free Internet, spacious rooms, clean and roomy bathrooms, cable TV in every room and extra long beds. Besides these amenities it also offers visitors Tika, a small cosy restaurant where you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a romantic setting.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.
Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.
The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.
Pakaritampu Sacred Valley
Hotel Pakaritampu´s impressive gardens and professional staff, this hotel offers you everything you need during your stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas'.
The hotel has a total of 37 rooms, which are divided among 4 blocks. The newest block was finished last year and only has superior rooms. In between all the separate blocks you will find beautiful gardens with fruit trees, colourful flowers and, when lucky, even some hummingbirds.
In the garden, the hotel also has a telescope which you can use to have a closer look at the ruins; these are also visible from here.
The restaurant inside offers a great variety of meals and some days they offer a buffet lunch as well. It opens at 5:00 AM in the morning and closes at 9:30 PM. Room-service, luggage storage, internet on site, TV room, library, and a bar with fire place or some of the features this hotel has to offer for which you'll not be bored while staying at Hotel Pakaritampu.
Inkallpa Sacred Valley
Hotel Inkallpa in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful new hotel located in a small community called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It took the Peruvian family, the Mayos, two years to construct this little paradise and they have operated this hotel from the beginning.
While at Hotel Inkallpa, surrounded by mountains and silence, it will certainly feel like you're very far away from the civilization, but no....with a simple 20 minute drive you're at the Ollantaytambo train station, from where your train leaves to Machupicchu.
Many people stay one night in the Sacred Valley and then start their journey onto Machupicchu. Hotel Inkallpa, however, is a place where you can spend more than a day relaxing, reading or meditating without feeling bored. At the end of July, their spa will also be ready and so you will have the opportunity to order a massage or to take a bath in their Jacuzzi.
A small river, complete with fountains and waterfalls, runs through the green fields and makes sure the flowers are showing their finest colors throughout the year. When lucky, the fruit trees are in bloom upon your check in and you can pick your own peaches, raspberries are any other fruit growing on the property.
Because of its lovely climate and beautiful scenery, the Sacred Valley is an excellent place to practice outdoor sports like horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding or rock climbing. All these activities can be done in just one day with the start and end from Hotel Inkallpa. After a day full of activities and upon your return to the hotel, one suggestion would be to get a massage before going to your room to enjoy the sunset falling down over the Sacred Valley of the Inca's from your balcony with a glass of wine.
Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.
The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is 10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings.
Casa Andina Chachapoyas
The hotel is an old converted hacienda with beautiful balconies and galleires. Casa Andina Chachapoyas is a 15 minute drive from the town and located in an enchanting valley on the banks of the river. This is a little paradise, welcoming and service freindly staff, spacious and spotlessly clean rooms. A great place to spend an extra day just to relax.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Double room US $ 2795 US $ 3065 Single room supplement US $ 645 US $ 940
* Prices for 2019
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