Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Explore the ancient ruins of Kuelap and delve into the history of the pre-Inca Chachapoyas.
  • Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta Waterfall, one of the world’s highest cascades.
  • Explore the colonial city of Trujillo, and opt to visit one of its baroque churches or the local market.
  • Visit Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Venture off the beaten path to discover ancient vestiges of north Peruvian cultures. Explore fortified cities that were once bustling hubs of early civilizations; peruse museums brimming with archaeological treasures; visit burial tombs used by pre-Inca cultures; and encounter the ruins of Chan Chan, abandoned by the Chimu people in 1470. See a side of Peru that few travellers experience, and gain a greater understanding for the country's ancient past.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
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
Day 3: 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
Day 4: 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
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
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
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
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
Day 9: Lima
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast