Northern Routes of Peru & Beach Holiday
The impressive adobe city of Chan Chan  
Trujillo main square  
El Brujo, en-route from Trujillo to Chiclayo  
Kuelap  
Cable car to Kuelap  
White sandy beach outside KiChic  
Spectacular Mancora sunset  
13 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£3495

Tour Highlights

  • Wander the high-walled adobe ruins of Chan Chan
  • Marvel at the well preserved Lady of Cao at El Brujo
  • Hike to the base of Gocta Falls, third highest drop in the world
  • Ride the cable car to the ancient ruins of Kuelap
  • Learn about the traditions of the ancient Moche culture
  • Seek out the remote sarcophagus of Karija
  • Soak up the sun by the beach in Mancora
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Northern Routes of Peru & Beach Holiday

Peru

Flick through the history books of Peru, delving deeper into its past than the Incas famed for constructing Machu Picchu. This enchanting South American country is home to a fascinating collection of astounding archaeological sites. Our Northern Peru itinerary sets off to explore lesser visited ancient attractions and learn about Pre-Inca civilisations.

In the arid Valle de Moche, visit the Sun and Moon Temples to learn about the ancient Moche civilisation which flourished around 100-800 AD. A vast range of artefacts give us a window into their lives from hunting, fishing, fighting, sacrifice and elaborate ceremonies. Other excursions include the vast adobe city of Chan Chan; built during the Chimu period this is the largest pre-Columbian era city in South America. At El Brujo archaeological complex, admire the well-preserved, cloth-swaddled body of the ‘Lady of Cao’. Though shrouded in mystery, the presence of weapons in her burial suggests she was a high-ranking individual in the Moche Culture.

Leave the coastal cities behind and head inland to explore the state of Chachapoyas and visit the imposing Kuelap fortress, perched on the edge Utcubamba’s deep valley. Drive through cloud forest, steep mountain ravines and fertile agricultural to the heart of Northern Peru. For the best views, hike to the base of Gocta Falls and take the scenic cable car across the deep valley of Utcubamba to spectacular Kuelap fortress. Consisting of more than 400 circular dwellings, topped with thatched roofs and decorated with zig-zag and rhomboid friezes, this significant site was only discovered in 1843.

Conclude your Peru holiday with a stay in Mancora, Peru’s most attractive coastal area. Endless stretch of beach, year-round sunshine and some of the country’s best seafood restaurants make it the perfect place to relax and indulge.

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Day 1
Day 1
UK - Lima
Depart from UK for your flight to Lima, the starting point for your adventure exploring northern Peru. Settle into your stylish hotel in bohemian district of Barranco, a quiet retreat yet surrounded by interesting cafes, restaurants and art galleries. Visit the charming main square with the recently renovated, Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge over an old stone stairway which leads to the beach. Relax on the hotel's terrace with a spectacular view towards the Pacific Ocean.
Accommodation: Villa Barranco
       
Day 2
Day 2
Lima
Lima gives a great insight into the history of Peru, from the Moche period, Chimu and most recently the story of the Incas. Around the historic Plaza de Armas, the narrow streets are lined with ornate baroque churches. Visit the Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and City Hall. Located in an 18th century mansion, the Larco Museum offers one of the largest collections of Pre-Columbian art in Lima. Featuring ceramic works from each of the Moche, Chimu and Inca periods and affords a wonderful introduction to these ancient civilisations.
 
Day 3
Day 3
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 (100-700 AD) they form part of the Huacas de Moche, ruins of the ancient Moche capital city, Cerro Blanco. Enjoy lunch by the coast in the town of Huanchaco, where the fisherman continue to use traditional reed boats.
 
You will also visit Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 and the largest Pre-Columbian 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.
Day 4
Day 4
Lima - Trujillo
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 unique Spanish feel. The wide plazas are lined with elegant mansions featuring wrought-iron grills, wooden balconies and many buildings are painted pretty pastel colours. Overnight at the Libertador Hotel which is ideally situated on the Plaza de Armas, main square.
Accommodation: Libertador Trujillo
       
Day 5
Day 5
Trujillo - Chiclayo
En-route to Chiclayo you will visit the El Brujo archaeological complex, located 60km north of Trujillo. The site 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. More recently the well preserved tattooed mummy of a young woman was discovered deep inside El Brujo pyramid. Named the 'Lady of Cao' her body is exhibited in the on-site museum.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
       
Day 6
Day 6
Chiclayo - Lord of Sipan
Towards the coast, 30 kilometres southwest of Chiclayo lies the enigmatic mud-brick burial platform of Huaca Rajada. Here, the most striking discovery was the Lord of Sipan who was placed upside down in a foetal position. From the ancient Moche culture admire the fabulous gold artifacts and precious stones. Tucume, with its imposing 26 adobe pyramids in Lambayeque, dates from around 700AD. Later the area was inhabited by the Chimu before the Inca’s took over in the 15th century.
Day 7
Day 7
Chiclayo - Gocta Falls
Drive through the heart of Northern Peru towards Chachapoyas region and the small town of Cocachimba. A scenic route, you'll notice the scenery change from cloud forest to steep mountain ravines and fertile agricultural valleys with rice paddies and coconut groves along the way. Gocta Falls is a relatively new addition to the off the beaten track route in the north, discovered in 2005 by a German explorer and a group of locals. Gocta Andes Lodge has a prime location with an unparalleled views of the dramatic landscape and the impressive falls of Gocta.
Accommodation: Gocta Lodge
           
Day 8
Day 8
Gocta Lodge - Gocta Falls
The trail leading to Gocta Falls leaves directly outside the lodge, with the first part possible by horse. If you leave early enough, it is possible to see the national bird of Peru, the Cock-of-the-Rock, perform its impressive mating ritual at the lek. Continue along the picturesque trail admiring the ever changing landscape and different vantage points until you reach the base of the falls. Drenched by the spray, the view upwards is truly spectacular, with plenty of photo opportunities. Take the same trail back to the lodge in time for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon by the pool.
Day 9
Day 9
Gocta Lodge - Kuelap
Built by the pre-Inca Chachapoya civilization, Kuelap is one of the largest stone complexes in the Western Hemisphere. At 3000m above sea level, overlooking the Utcubamba Valley, the imposing site is around 700 metres in length. From Gocta Andes Lodge, drive along a winding road with beautiful views to the small village of Nuevo Tingo. Embark the new cable car to the base of Kuelap complex with dramatic views as you cross the deep valley .
 
From the cable car station, the walk to Kuelap takes around 30 minutes along a gentle uphill path. Discovered in 1843, Kuelap consists of the remnants of more than 400 circular dwellings, topped with thatched roofs and decorated with zig-zag and rhomboid friezes. In its hey-day, around 3500 people lived in Kuelap.
Day 10
Day 10
Gocta Falls - Mancora
leave behind the dramatic landscapes of Chachapoyas as you drive to Jaen airport for your flight via Lima to Talara on the far northern coast of Peru, close to the border with Ecuador. With spectacular white sand beaches and year round sun, the small town of Mancora is the prefect place to relax after your adventure. Along this beautiful stretch of coast are attractive fishing villages, superb fresh seafood and prime surf spots. Kick back at KiChic hotel and relax into the laid back vibe synonymous with this remote region.
Accommodation: KiChic
               
Days 11 - 12
Day 11
Mancora
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. Activities available locally include trekking, scuba diving and snorkelling in the warm waters off the coast. During the months of August-October, there is the opportunity to observe Humpback Whales which arrive in Peruvian waters for breeding and calving. During the boat tour, look out for sea lions, sea turtles and dolphins alongside blue footed boobies and the magnificent frigate birds.
Day 13
Day 13
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 holiday with a trip to the Peruvian Amazon.

Pricing Information & Dates

13 day tour, from £3495 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers

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Accommodation on this Tour

Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
Casa Andina Select Chiclayo
Northern Peru, Peru
Casa Andina Select Chiclayo Casa Andina Select Chiclayo is a modern hotel located in the downtown area, close to a leafy park. All the 130 rooms over 7 floors feature air-conditioning, soundproof......
       
Gocta Lodge
Gocta Lodge
Northern Peru, Peru
Gocta Lodge Located in the Cochachimba Valley at an altitude of 1800m, Gocta Andes Lodge has a magnificent location overlooking spectacular Gocta Falls. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the......
           
KiChic
KiChic
Northern Peru, Peru
KiChic KiChic is a boutique beachfront resort located on beautiful, peaceful Las Pocitas beach near the small town of Mancora, northern Peru. KiChic invites guests to unwind and relax and to find......
               
Libertador Trujillo
Libertador Trujillo
Northern Peru, Peru
Libertador Trujillo Libertador Trujillo is wonderfully situated in the main square of the historical centre of Trujillo. This charming grand hotel has 79 rooms including superior rooms, junior......
       
Villa Barranco
Villa Barranco
Lima , Peru
Villa Barranco Villa Barranco is a charming boutique hotel and part of the Ananay collection. Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Barranco, this old republican house from the 1920’s......
       

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