Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience the many splendours of Peru's ancient past on this 16-day tour that takes you to famed sites and hidden gems. In northern Peru, discover traces of pre-Inca cultures, including the mountaintop fortified city of Kuelap, home to the Chachapoyas “Cloud Warriors;” and the eroded adobe ruins of Chan Chan. Round out your exploration of Peru’s fascinating past with an early morning guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Accommodations:Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)
Day 2: Lima/Chachapoyas
Board an early flight to Jaen, then travel overland to Chachapoyas, gateway to the archaeological sites of northern Peru. "Chacha" as it's known locally, will be our base for exploring the natural, cultural, and archaeological highlights of the region.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Casa Hacienda Achamaqui (or similar)
Day 3: Gocta Falls
Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the world's tallest cascades, 771 meters (2,156 feet) high. Ancient legends that discouraged local community members from talking about the falls, which did not begin receiving visitors until 2005 and are still relatively unknown. Take in Gocta’s mesmerizing spray; then opt for a longer hike to its base, or enjoy a free afternoon.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Casa Hacienda Achamaqui (or similar)
Day 4: Kuelap Fortress
This morning, get immersed in the culture and history of the Chachapoyan people at Kuelap, a fortified city made up of more than 400 circular buildings and complexes. Ride a cable car up to the site, thought to have been an important cultural center for these pre-Inca "Cloud Warriors." Enjoy lunch at a coffee farm and attend an exclusive lecture by a Chachapoyas expert. Later, try to spot some of the 130 bird species that live in the surrounding ecological reserve, including the spatula-tailed hummingbird.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Casa Hacienda Achamaqui (or similar)
Day 5: Chachapoyas/Chiclayo
Today, drive to Chiclayo. This coastal town, founded in the 18th century, was once an important trade route between the coast and the jungle and is rich with archaeological sites and cultural history. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (or similar)
Day 6: Chiclayo
Enjoy a visit to one of the most archaeologically rich museums in Peru: the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. In the afternoon, explore the tombs of Huaca Rajada and Lord Sipán, a series of burial chambers used by the pre-Inca Moche culture.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (or similar)
Day 7: Chiclayo/Trujillo
Drive down the coast to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Tour the site and hear about the mummy discovered here in 2006, thought to be the remains of the Lady of Cao, a high-ranking Moche ruler. In the afternoon, explore Trujillo to discover baroque churches and local markets.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Casa Andina Standart Trujillo (or similar)
Day 8: Chan Chan/Lima
Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Later, enjoy a visit to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest adobe city. The former capital of the Chimu people, Chan Chan covers 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and was once home to about 50,000 people. Fly back to Lima this evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)
Day 9: Lima
Enjoy a free day to explore Lima's capital city.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Day 10: Lima/Urubamba
Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Day 11: Urubamba
Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). An exclusive experience for Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good, you'll walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Day 12: Urubamba/Aguas Calientes
Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the market.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (CEO with Group) (or similar)
Day 13: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Day 14: Cusco
Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Day 15: Cusco/Lima
Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Day 16: Lima
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast