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Discover the ancient pre-Inca kingdoms of Sipan and Chan-Chan

15 Night Itinerary from  £3,164

Pre-Inca Tour

Explore the ancient civilisations of Northern Peru, including Lima, Chan Chan, the lost kingdom of Sipan and Cajamarca. Unwind on the beach at Mancora in a small boutique hotel.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Lima's, famous Inca Gold museums, colonial architecture, plazas, cafes and superb fusion cuisine.
  • Enjoy a fascinating visit to the ruins at Pachacamac.
  • Spend 3-nights in Cajamarca exploring the Inca ruins and colonial architecture
  • Visit Chan Chan, the world's largest Adobe settlement and capital of the Pre-Inca Chimu Empire.
  • Discover Huanchaco's distinctive "Caballitos de Totora", fragile Pre-Inca crafts.
  • Enjoy a fascinating visit to Sipan, with the Royal Tombs and excellent museums.
  • Relax for 4-nights in a top beach hotel in the northern village of Mancora.

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Pachacamac

Lima - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Lima

Day 2 - Arrive and guided city tour

Day 3 - Street food discoveries 

Day 4 - Pachacamac ruins

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Monday, 17 June 2024

Fly to Lima

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Lima.


Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Arrive and guided city tour

Arrive in Lima and the morning and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay including breakfast. In the afternoon, our expert local guide will take you on a half day tour of the city to discover both colonial and modern districts of Lima. Following an earthquake in 1746, the city was elaborately rebuilt, and today wide streets, vast plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period. The highlight is a visit to the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. We also visit a market, where you can taste the local produce.


Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Street Food Discoveries

Our half day morning tour explore the street food that Lima has become famous for, starting with a visit to Surquillo Market where we will see local vegetables, medicinal herbs and some others products from all over Peru including Lucuma with milk (a nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein). We continue to a local seafood restaurant for a cooking demonstration and to try the “leche de tigre” the Peruvian name for the citrus-based marinade that cures the seafood in a ceviche. Our guide will also take you to an ice cream shop with some extraordinary flavours to try. Our final stop is a visit to the Miraflores Handicraft Market. You can extend today’s tour for lunch at one of Lima’s oldest restaurants ‘La Tiendecita Blanca’ for an extra costs payable locally.


Thursday, 20 June 2024

Pachacamac ruins

Today, enjoy a half day guided tour to the Pachacamac ruins, a sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity, where thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute and consult the Pachacamac oracle, who they believed could see the past, the future and people's fate. The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures built by successive pre-Colombian civilisations and finally the Incas.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Private Collection
Chan Chan (1)

Trujillo - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to Trujillo

Day 6 - Chan Chan, Huanchaco & Huaca Dragon

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Friday, 21 June 2024

Fly to Trujillo

This morning take a domestic flight to Trujillo and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.

The attractive colonial city of Trujillo has an enviable coastal location, colourful streets, a comfortable climate and, above all, its proximity to some of the most interesting sites in northern Peru including the world's largest adobe city - Chan Chán.


Saturday, 22 June 2024

Chan Chan, Huanchaco & Huaca Dragon 

Today enjoy a full day tour (including lunch) in Trujillo including visits to Chan Chan, Huanchaco & Huaca Dragón. We start at Chan Chan, the world's largest mud city of pre-Columbian America and the ancient capital of the Pre-Inca Chimu Empire. A vast site, covering an area of more than 18 square miles. We will visit the best preserved parts, including the "Tschudi Palace" with its interior friezes and decorations. The ruins of the citadel are composed of: squares, housings, shops, labyrinths, walls, excellent roads, and pyramidal temples. We continue to Huanchaco, a picturesque fishing village famous for "Caballitos de Totora”, fragile Pre-Inca crafts made with pressed Totora (tall reeds) which are still used today. We also visit a Chimu pyramidal temple located 5 km to the north of Trujillo. In the afternoon we visit the Sun & Moon Huacas, ancient pyramidal temples dating from Moche empire (AD 100-800). The Temple of the Sun was built with more than 140 million adobe bricks.

Lord of Sipan

Chiclayo - 3 Nights

Day 7 - Travel to Chiclayo

Day 8 - Guided tour to Sipan

Day 9 - Visit the Sican Museum

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Sunday, 23 June 2024

Travel to Chiclayo

Travel overland to Chiclayo. On arrival you will be met by your Veloso Tours guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit the impressive cathedral.


Monday, 24 June 2024

Guided tour to Sipan

Enjoy a guided visit (including lunch) to the ancient site at Sipan, where Mochica chiefs lived between the 2nd and 3rd centuries of the Christian era. Here, observe many archeological findings including hair dresses, ornaments, emblems and other attires of gold, silver, golden copper and semiprecious stones and symbols of power.  We also visit the National Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan in Lambayeque.


Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Visit the Sican Museum

We take a half-day trip to visit the nearby Sican Museum that displays the daily aspects of the Sican culture including how they made pottery and metal crafts. There is also a fascinating display of Sican nobility tombs.

Iglesia Gab336696a 1920

Cajamarca - 3 Nights

Day 10 - Drive to Cajamarca

Day 11 - Guided tour

Day 12 - At leisure 

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Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Drive to Cajamarca

Today we drive to Cajamarca, a picturesque city set in a wide valley relatively undiscovered by tourists. Cajamarca is a fascinating example of the ancient Andean cultures fusing with the colonial Spanish rulers. On arrival in Cajamarca, transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. With a population of only 200,000, it is a delightful city to visit.


Thursday, 27 June 2024

Guided tour of Cajamarca

We take a guided tour of Cajamarca today, starting at the historic centre where the buildings are quite remarkable, built of adobe and volcanic stone, dating back to the 16th century with traces of the Incas and all the way to the 19th century colonial architecture. We also visit the Cathedral de Jean, with its imposing entrance and the most interesting nearby Inca buildings and ruins, including the Ransom room, and archeological sites Temple of Huacaloma, Temple of Layzon and Baiios del Inca (thermal baths).


Friday, 28 June 2024

At leisure

Your last day in Cajamarca, and more opportunities to discover the ancient Inca ruins and delightful colonial architecture.

Mancora

Mancora Beach - 4 Nights

Day 13 - Fly to Tumbes

Day 14 - Mancora Beach

Day 15 - Mancora Beach

Day 16 - Mancora Beach

Day 17 - Fly back to the UK

Day 18 - Arrive in the UK

 

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Saturday, 29 June 2024

Fly to Tumbes

Transfer to Cajamarca airport. Fly to Tumbes (via Lima), from where we transfer to Mancora and your chosen hotel located on the beach for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Sunday, 30 June 2024

Relax at Mancora Beach

Relax on the beach and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.


Monday, 01 July 2024

At leisure at your beach resort

Time to relax at your leisure.


Tuesday, 02 July 2024

Mancora Beach

At leisure.


Wednesday, 03 July 2024

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport and fly to Lima to connect with your overnight flight back to the UK.


Thursday, 04 July 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

KiChic Hotel

Mancora Beach - Deluxe Boutique

KiChic is a renowned boutique hotel, located right on the beach in the resort town of Máncora, in northern Peru. The nine individually styled rooms are all bright and airy, filled with natural light and the fresh sea breeze. Guests can swim in the outside pool adjacent to the beach, relax in the exotic gardens or enjoy a massage or yoga class. You may also choose to dine at the a-la-carte restaurant, offering delicious vegetarian and fish dishes.

8075 Hotel Kichic

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug-12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec-24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,164 £3,935 £3,369 £4,130
Single Traveller - Own Room £3,822 £4,875 £4,179 £5,349

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 18 Days/15 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary 
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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