Despite having 1,500km of coastline, beach holidays in Peru remain relatively unexplored. But head north and you'll find almost endless desert sunshine and stretches of golden sand along the Pacific. It's also a region filled with some of Peru's very best archaeological treasures.
Our tour includes a stay in Mancora, Peru's most attractive seaside town. The beaches here stretch for miles, meaning there is plenty of space on the sand to soak up the ocean views, while the town also hosts some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. If you can pull youself away from the palm trees, give your skin a break from the sun with a dip into the natural mud baths at Zorritos.
Your tour will combine time on the beach with the chance to explore some of northern Peru's lesser explored archaeological sites. From Trujillo we will take you inside the vast adobe city of Chan Chan and the Sun and Moon Temples in the arid Valle de Moche. Then travel south to Chiclayo to see the burial pyramid tombs of Sipan and the Royal Tombs Museum.
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UK - Lima
Depart from UK for your flight to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Casa Andina Private Collection situated in the lovely, upmarket area of Miraflores.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
On this half day city tour your private guide will introduce you to Peruvian history and the story of the Incas. Amongst the historic part of Lima visit the Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum with it private collection of 45,000 pieces, mainly pottery, which was collected by Rafael Larco Hoyle. The museum is based in a lovely renovated hacienda and features a traditional Peruvian café featuring local delicacies made with fresh ingredients bought daily.
Take the short flight north to the city of Trujillo with it's fine colonial centre full of conquistador history. The town was founded in 1534 by Diego Almagro and retains a Spanish feel. The wide plazas are lined with elegant mansions featuring wrought-iron grills, wooden balconies and often pastel paint. Overnight at the Libertador which is ideally situated on the main square.
Accommodation: Libertador Trujillo
Trujillo - Sun and Moon Temples, Chan Chan and Huancayo
Around 8km south of Trujillo, in the arid Valle de Moche, lies Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna (Sun & Moon temples) which although badly weathered are still imposing pyramids. Built by the Moche civilization they form part of the Huacas de Moche, ruins of the ancient Moche capital city, Cerro Blanco. You will also visit Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Hertage Site since 1986 and the largest Pre-Columbian and city in the region and the largest adobe city in the world. It covers around 16 square kilometres and was the heart of the Chimu culture which rose to prominence in the 11th century before succumbing to the Incas in the late 15th century.
Trujillo - Chiclayo
En-route from Trujillo to Chiclayo you will visit the El Brujo Archaeological Complex. The sites is under continuous excavation and they believe that a number of cultures lived in the Chicama Valley whilst using the complex as a ceremonial centre. Huaco Cao Viejo is one of the main places of interest with it's flat-topped Moche-era Pyramid decorated with a host of colourful warriors and priests. Continue onto Chiclayo and the Casa Andina Select.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
Chiclayo - Lord of Sipan
Towards the coast , 35 kilometres from Chiclayo lies the enigmatic burial tombs of Sipan. A dozen pyramids, up to 40m tall, stand among a dry carob forest and are best witnessed from the viewing tower. Tombs, up to 12m deep, have been discovered and the most striking is the Lord of Sipan who was placed upside down in a foetal position.
The Royal Tombs Museum in Lambayeque was opened in 2002 with a structure built to resemble Moche tombs. Overall the museum contains important artifacts discovered by Dr Walter Alva in 1987 but also the Lord of sipan’s entourage tomb. Tucume, with it’s 26 adobe structure pyramids built by the Lambayque people, dates from around 700AD. Later the area was inhabited by the Chimu before the Inca’s took over in the 15th century.
Chiclayo - Mancora
Today you will travel by road north to the popular beach destination of Mancora, stopping en-route in the town of Piura for lunch. Northern Peru's coastal region has the best beaches by far and boasts year round warm water. Relatively unexplored it has a more edgy feel but you will still find attractive fishing villages, superb local food and unique wildlife.
Accommodation: DCO Suites
Free days to relax at the hotel or explore the long sandy stretches of beach which surround Mancora. With just a single street, the town is flanked by a dry desert on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Accommodation: DCO Suites
Mancora - Lima - UK
Transfer to Tumbes airport for your short flight to Lima and connect to your international flight to the UK.
We can also extend your holiday to visit the Southern part of Peru including Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and the iconic Machu Picchu. If you have the time complete a comprehensive trip with a trip to the Peruvian Amazon.
Pricing Information & Dates
11 day tour, from £2790 per person
Price includes international & domestic flights and breakfast throughout.
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