Discover fascinating remains from the pre-Inca civilizations centered around the northern coast of Peru. This rarely visited area offers the discerning traveller an off-the-beaten-path vacation, away from the crowds.
From Lima, make your way to Trujillo and start this tour on any day of the week.
Trujillo is a beautiful city located in the northern coast of Peru and is known as the «Capital of the everlasting Spring», «The Capital of the Marinera» (a traditional dance in Peru), the cradle of the Peruvian Paso Horse, as well as the capital of culture in Peru.
Chiclayo is known as the «Capital of Friendship» and the pearl of the north, the city has beautiful colonial architecture, delicious seafood and it is also known for its natural medicines.
This tour can be booked as an extension to any other tours we have in our website.
– Spend time at some sunny fishing villages where traditions did not change for centuries.
– Explore some of the fascinating adobe constructions from the Moche and Chimu Cultures.
– Visit the tomb of the «Lord of Sipan» and the fabulous onsite museum.
– See the fabulous intact murals at the adobe pyramid of the «Huaca el Brujo».
– Get a glimpse of what local healers buy as they shop for ingredients for medicines at a local herb market.
– Enjoy having the flexibility to spend more time in the area to explore and discover even more.
4 days – 3 nights
Arrival by flight or bus to Trujillo, transfer to the selected hotel in Trujillo or Huanchaco. Excursion to the "Huaca de la Luna" and Chan Chan. Overnight in Trujillo
Private transportation to Chiclayo, private guided excursion to the "Huaca el Brujo", visit the herbal market, where healers (shamans) buy their herbs. Visit Santa Rosa a traditional fishing town. Overnight in Chiclayo
Private excursion to the archaeological site of Túcume, museum Tumbas Reales, afternooon visit to the archaeological site of "Huaca Rajada" (the tomb of the "Lord of Sipán"). Overnight in Chiclayo
Transfer to the airport or bus-station for your return to Lima.
Trujillo and Chiclayo in the Northern Peru
On your arrival to Trujillo by plane or bus, we will be waiting for you to take you to your selected hotel in Trujillo or Huanchaco.
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.
No meals included.
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 evening we can visit the center of Chiclayo and its herbal market, a place where the traditional healers or shamans still buy their herbs. If you prefer a more relaxing tour, you can visit Monsefu, a place where you can buy unique, local handicrafts. We later visit Santa Rosa and small fishing village and finishing in Pimentel, where fishermen also use the famous «Caballitos de Totora».
Overnight in Chiclayo.
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. Afterwards it will be time to come back and dropp you off at your hotel
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Transfer to Chiclayo airport for your flight back to Lima
One night in Trujillo and two nights in Chiclayo
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program.
All excursions as mentioned in the program
Official guides during excursions.
Meals as mentioned in program.
Flights and or buses. to Trujillo and from Chicalyo.
Domestic flights Lima/ Trujillo & Chiclayo/Lima
Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
Insurance: Travel insurance