Explore Northern Peru Lima – Chachapoyas and Machu Picchu – Lima

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Peru is the country that can completely satisfy all human tastes, preferences and energy! The people there are extremely earthy, humble and kind – a mentality too close to the senses of much of humanity. It is unique to Peru – Nature, mysticism and unparalleled world cultural and historical heritage!

Lima is the capital: of Peru located on the arid Pacific coast of the country. Although its colonial center is preserved, it is an overflowing metropolis and one of the largest cities in South America. The Larco Museum houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museum of the Nation traces the history of the ancient civilizations of Peru. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th century cathedral are the core of the old center of Lima.

The highlights:

  • Explore the coastal town of Chiclayo and marvel at archaeological treasures at the Lambayeque museum.
  • Meet Andean ceramic and adobe artists, and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal.
  • Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos at the Cusco Planetarium.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, and opt to hike to the Inca Bridge.

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.

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Travel Program

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Accommodations: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)

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)

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)

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.” Learn about coffee harvesting at a sustainable coffee farm before tasting coffee from the area. 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Enjoy a free day to explore Lima’s capital city. Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos, Lima at Night and Water Circuit , Lima City Tour, Pachacamac – Lost Inca Citadel
Accommodations: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)

Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the scenic 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)

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)

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
Optional Activities: Hot Springs Visit, Machu Picchu Visit, Butterfly House Visit, Mandor Gardens Visit, 1-day Inca Trail Hike Accommodations: Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)

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
Optional Activities: Inca Bridge Visit

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
Optional Activities: Inka Museum, Whitewater Rafting Urubamba, Horseback Riding, Cusco City Tour
Accommodations: Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru’s bustling capital. Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Lima City Tour
Accommodations: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (Comfort) (or similar)

Depart at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Lima at Night and Water Circuit , Lima City Tour, Pachacamac – Lost Inca Citadel

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts).
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private van, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sustainable Coffee Farm Experience, Amazilia Ecological Reserve
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Arrival transfer
  • Kuelap fortress visit (Chachapoyas)
  • Gocta waterfall hike
  • Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum (Lambayeque)
  • Lord of Sipán tomb visit
  • Dama de Cao mummy visit
  • Chan Chan adobe city visit
  • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Inca salt pans
  • Traditional pachamanca-style dinner
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Peru Expeditions Tours; Tour Leader English-speaking whole tour

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages on the Peru portion of the trip
  • Tips for the guide and field staff recommended 200 USD
  • Travel and medical insurance & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • International flight from USA, Europe, Canada, etc.
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own

Prices & Dates

TOUR INFORMATION:

Season: April – September
Difficulty: Moderate

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.

Juventino

Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]

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