Northern Kingdoms 13 days 12 nights

Northern Kingdoms 13 days 12 nights

(Huaraz - Trujillo - Chiclayo - Chachapoyas - Cajamarca)

DAY 1:  CHAVIN DE HUANTAR

Our journey takes us south of the Callejon de Huaylas, the Lagoon Querococha, then we ascend to the Cahuish step down by the start of the Conchucos valley to the village of Chavin. Here we visit the Archaeological Site of Chavin declared a World Heritage Site. Chavin was one of the first cultures in Peru and the first Cultist Center. We also visit the Chavin site museum. Here we will learn about the various stages of development of the Great first andean culture in Peru.

chavin

Hotel accommodation in Huaraz.

DAY 2: LAKE LLANGANUCO

Tour through the Huascaran National Park, where we find the highest mountain in Peru: Huascaran (6768 meters). We visit towns like Carhuaz, to enjoy traditional ice cream and  to make photographic shots of the square, the Campo Santo of Yungay now a World Heritage Site, then we continue to the lagoon of Llanganuco, where we can walk short trails, or take a boat, then we descend and pass through the picturesque Caraz town and finally we visit the village of artisans of Taricá.

llanganuco

Bus Huaraz Trujillo.

DAY 3: TRUJILLO - CHAN CHAN SITE MUSEUM - CHAN CHAN CITY - HUANCHACO - TEMPLES OF THE SUN AND THE MOON - MOCHE TEMPLES SITE MUSEUM

AM Transfer from the airport or bus terminal in Trujillo to the hotel.

We start the excursion visiting the HUACA DRAGON (RAINBOW TEMPLE), built by the Chimu people, then we head to CHAN CHAN CITADEL, Chimu capital, which is a colossal citadel and the largest made of mud bricks in the world and is part of UNESCO Heritage. We end the tour in HUANCHACO, fishing village where the famous "little reed horses" is a delightful to watch, these ancient pre Columbian canoes, were used by the Moche people and are still used by fishermen of Huanchaco. We visit the TEMPLES OF THE SUN AND MOON, Moche capital, in the TEMPLE OF THE MOON, we observe colorful murals with mythical representations of their rituals, and their Moche God Ai-Paec. After that we visit THE HUACAS DE MOCHE MUSEUM, where several objects such as ceramics and fine metalwork found during excavations of the Moche Temples Project can be seen.

chan chan citadel trujillo chimu

We return to Trujillo.

Hotel accommodation in Trujillo.

DAY 4: EL BRUJO COMPLEX - MUSEUM OF THE LADY OF CAO 

AM Our route takes us to the valley of Chicama, here we will get to learn about THE BRUJO ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX. We visit Huaca Cao Viejo, that follows the Moche style with polychrome murals depicting warriors and their prisoners, and designs of the Moche worldview, both ritual and mythology. Huaca Prieta and Huaca Partida can be observed also, and finally we visit the MUSEUM OF CAO, where we find the ornaments and the mummified body of the Lady of Cao, priestess found in Huaca Cao, whose arms and legs show details of ritual tattoos, denoting their importance in the Moche kingdom.

brujo complex murals lady of cao

We will travel to Chiclayo by VIP bus.

Hotel accommodation in Chiclayo.

DAY 5: CHICLAYO: HUACA RAJADA (CRACKED PYRAMID) - TUCUME PYRAMIDS - ROYAL TOMBS OF SIPAN MUSEUM

Upon arrival in Chiclayo, transfer to the hotel.

AM Departure to HUACA RAJADA (CRACKED PYRAMID), an important place for the Moche people. Here is where the Lord of Sipan was found together with all his rich tomb (fine gold jewerly). Also we visit the SITE MUSEUM. We visit the TUCUME PYRAMIDS, located on the Leche Valley. This big complex comprises 26 pyramids of the Sican or Lambayeque culture. Here also it is possible to hike to the advantage point to see the valley and the majestic pyramids. We will stop at the TUCUME MUSEUM to make a visit. Finally we will visit the ROYAL TOMBS OF SIPAN MUSEUM, located in Lambayeque, the museum keeps inside the artifacts found in Sipan in the tomb of Sipan. We will be absolutely delighted with the fine art of methal work and beauty of gold and silver, which are one of the richest treasures of the world.

senor de sipan lambayeque

Return to Chiclayo.

Hotel accommodation in Chiclayo.

DAY 6: MUSEUM OF SICAN - POMAC FOREST

AM Departure to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SICAN, here we will see ceramics and goldsmith found during excavations at the Batan Grande Complex. This objects belongs to the Sican or Lambayeque culture. Prominent among the work of the Sican are the gold funerary masks and ceremonial knives (Tumi). Then visit the FOREST OF POMAC, a dry equatorial forest type, where the predominant flora species is the carob tree, and also presents wildlife such as foxes, endemic birds and smal mamals. This Archaeological Historical Sanctuary contains several huacas (temples or pyramids), including the Huaca El Oro, known for being where Lord of Sican was found with all his gold and silver.

sican

Return to Chiclayo.

Bus Chiclayo Chachapoyas.

DAY 7: CHACHAPOYAS - KUELAP

Upon arrival in Chachapoyas. Transfer to the selected hotel.

AM Departure to KUELAP, an almost impenetrable Chachapoya fortress. Some walls have high relief work in the stones, representing human figures and animals. It is located in an elevated area, which we will access by doing a short walk. From the top of the site we enjoy a stunning and beautiful landscape. We will visit also the Macro Towers.

kuelap fortress chachapoyas

Hotel accommodation in Chachapoyas.

DAY 8: GOCTA CATARACT

AM Departure to the CATARACT OF GOCTA, considered the third highest in the world, measuring 771 meters. The Gocta Cataract falls in two big jumps. We will get there doing a walk for 2 hours through the cloud forest, stopping to observe the landscape, flora and fauna of this diverse place, especially of birds.

gocta catarata chachapoyas

Hotel accommodation in Chachapoyas.

DAY 9: TRIP FROM CHACHAPOYAS - VIA MUSEO DE LEYMEBAMBA - CAJAMARCA

Journey through beautiful landscapes from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca. We will stop at Leymebamba to visit the Museum of Leymebamba, where you can see the mummies found in the Lagoon of the Condors. We continue our trip making stops along the way to get some rest and take pictures.

leymebamba

Hotel accommodation in Cajamarca.

DAY 10: CAJAMARCA CITY TOUR - INCA BATHS

CITY TOURS: Main Square, Cathedral, San Francisco and Bethlehem Churches; Museums: Religious, Archaeological, Ethnographic and Medical; Ransom Room, Santa Apolonia Advantage point and chapel. Then we visit the Inca Baths, site of great historical importance where you can also enjoy a relaxing bath in the warm waters of the hotsprings.

banos del inca

Hotel accommodation in Cajamarca.

DAY 11: CUMBEMAYO - VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO

We start the visit in Bellavista (a natural advantage viewpoint), Layzón, forest of rocks, rock formations shaped by erosion. In the Archaeological Site of Cumbe Mayo, we will visit the The Sanctuary, caves or shelters, The Stone of Sacrifice, ceremonial altars, hydraulic canal (3,000 years old). In the afternoon we visit the "Otuzco windows" (Caxamarca culture), the Chonta River, and the Otuzco Necropolis (Cemeteries of Cajamarca Culture).

cumbemayo

Hotel accommodation in Cajamarca.

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT.

Transfer to the airport.

 

INCLUDED:

  • Transfers airport - hotel - airport
  • Breakfast
  • 1 Night Hotel accommodation in Huaraz.
  • 01 Night Hotel accommodation in Trujillo.
  • 02 Nights Hotel accommodation in Chiclayo
  • 02 Nights Hotel accommodation in Chachapoyas.
  • 02 Nights Hotel accommodation in Cajamarca.
  • Bus Trujillo Chiclayo VIP
  • Bus Chiclayo Chachapoyas VIP
  • Transfer Chachapoyas Cajamarca (or Bus if you request) 
  • Transport for the tours.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All entry tickets.

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