This journey through the landscape and history of Peru’s little-known northern region is a revelation and a magical experience for many of our visitors. The program is intended for travelers with a special interest in archaeology, and a taste for adventure. This region is still new to tourism, but we have taken every care to provide as comfortable a stay as possible, with air-conditioned vehicles, expert guides and the best possible accommodation.
We mingle trips on foot and/or horseback with light motorized excursions and longer road journeys, visiting astounding locations and rarely seeing more than a handful of other travelers at each place.
On the deserts of the north coast we see the archaeological marvels of the pyramid-building Moche and Lambayeque civilizations, along with sumptuous artistic treasures displayed in wonderful museum collections. And we are able to follow this story across many centuries through the highlands of the Chachapoyas region, where another civilization once flourished, building astounding fortified mountaintop settlements and embedding colorfully painted tombs into craggy limestone cliffs. Here the ancient Chachapoyans long thwarted the imperial ambitions of the Incas, until they were finally overwhelmed -- and we see the mummies and beautifully-crafted artifacts of an Inca-Chachapoyan realm where Incas once ruled alongside local nobility.
Towards the end of our journey we reach Cajamarca, the historic place where the Incas in turn met their downfall at the hands of Spanish invaders, in 1532. Finally we return to sea level and the desert coast, where the pleasant valley city of Trujillo is home to numerous historic Spanish colonial buildings, a picturesque beach resort, and some of the most famous and spectacular sites of the Moche and Chimú cultures, ending our journey with a flight to Lima.
Our trip includes:
Land transport from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, Cajamarca and Trujillo
Accommodation in the following cities
1 night Chiclayo
2 nights Chachapoyas
2 nights Cajamarca
1 night Trujillo
Meals during the trip ( Breakfast days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 / Boxed Lunch day 3 / Lunch days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 / Dinner days 2, 3 & 4)
Our trip does not include:
Personal expenses such as beverages, telephone call, tips, etc.
Extras not mentioned in itinerary