Discover the ancient pre-Inca kingdoms of Chachapoyas, Sipan, Chan-Chan and Kuelap
17 Night Itinerary from £5,772
Explore the ancient civilisations of Northern Peru, from Chan Chan to the lost kingdom of Sipan, Chachapoyas and a four night adventure to the mountain fortress of Kuelap. Unwind on the beach at a small boutique hotel and village.
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- Lima - 4 Nights
- Trujillo - 2 Nights
- Chiclayo - 3 Nights
- The lost kingdom of Chachapoyas - 4 Nights
- Macora Beach - 4 Nights
- Return via Lima - 0 Nights
- Explore Lima's, famous Inca Gold museums, colonial architecture, plazas, cafes and superb fusion cuisine.
- Enjoy a fascinating visit to the ruins at Pachacamac.
- 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.
- Venture to the lost Kingdom of Chachapoyas, to discover ancient clifftop tombs
- Visit Kuelap, the great walled city of Northern Peru.
- Trek to the Gocta Falls, the world's 3rd largest waterfall only discovered in 2006.
- 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.
Lima - 4 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Lima
Day 2 - Guided tour of Lima
Day 3 - Street food discoveries
Day 4 - Pachacamac ruins
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Monday, 30 January 2023
Fly to Lima
Depart on a BA direct flight arriving in Lima in the evening. You will be met at the airport by our guide and taken to your chosen hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will show you the local area and answer any questions you may have.
Lima, "City of Kings" has an attractive historic centre containing valuable examples of colonial and republican architecture. Among the principal points of interest is the Main Square, on which three of the City's most important buildings from the past and present stand: The Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and the City Hall. Miraflores, a cosmopolitan district is five kilometres away south from the historical centre, wide and modern commercial districts, parks and green areas of great beauty.
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Guided tour of Lima
Today, 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, 01 February 2023
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, 02 February 2023
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.
Lima - Tourist Hotel
This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
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.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.
A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.
Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.
Trujillo - 2 Nights
Day 5 - Fly to Trujillo
Day 6 - Chan Chan, Huanchaco & Huaca Dragon
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Friday, 03 February 2023
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, 04 February 2023
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.
Chiclayo - 3 Nights
Day 7 - Fly to Chiclayo
Day 8 - Guided tour to Sipan
Day 9 - Visit the Sican Museum
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Sunday, 05 February 2023
Fly to Chiclayo
Transfer to the airport and take a domestic flight 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, 06 February 2023
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, 07 February 2023
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.
The lost kingdom of Chachapoyas - 4 Nights
Day 10 - Travel to Chachapoyas
Day 11 - Cliff Tombs of Revash & Leimebamba
Day 12 - The walled city of Kuelap
Day 13 - Hike to the Gocta Falls
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Wednesday, 08 February 2023
Travel to Chachapoyas
Today we depart Chiclayo and travel overland across the Andes to the Amazon to the incredible lost kingdom of Chachapoyas. The pre-Columbian Chachapoyas culture, conquered in the 15th century by the Incas, has left a landscape scattered with ruined settlements and burial sites which until recently have been overlooked by archaeologists. Situated in the cloud forests around the town of Chachapoyas in Peru's northern Amazonas Department, these sites are dominated by the mighty fortress-temple of Kuelap perched majestically on top of towering cliffs overlooking the verdant Andean landscape. The Chachapoyas region has historically been isolated from the rest of Peru. Local traditions remain with daily life revolving around cattle and horses, and remnants of a glorious past can be spotted on every ridge and cliff.
On arrival in Chachapoyas, transfer to your hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Thursday, 09 February 2023
Cliff Tombs of Revash & Leimebamba
Today we take an adventure on horseback to the Cliff Tombs at Revash. Here, the ancient Chachapoya built tombs where they buried their noble dead. You can observe two adjacent sets of caves, featuring cottage-sized structures covered in still-bright mineral-oxide paintwork. Some of them look like cottages, with gabled roofs, others like flat-topped apartments. They are adorned with red-on-white figures and geometrical symbols which reflect the rank and lineage of the tombs' occupants.
We continue to Leimebamba, a settlement established by the Incas during their conquest of the region, and then continued as a colonial town under the Spanish. It retains much of this antique charm in its balconied houses with narrow streets where more horses than cars are parked. We also visit the Leimebamba Museum, where we visit a delightful collection of extraordinary artefacts recovered from another group of cliff tombs discovered in1997 at the remote Laguna de los Condores, high in the mountains east of the town. Perhaps the most striking thing about the tombs is that they contain burials from all three periods of local history: the Chachapoya cultural heyday, the post-Inca invasion period and the post-Spanish conquest. Archaeologists are continuing to study the material, seeking to learn more about the Chachapoya and their relationship with their Inca masters.
Friday, 10 February 2023
The walled city of Kuelap
Drive to Kuelap, the great walled city of Northern Peru. We spend a full day visiting this huge and mysterious site built by the Chachapoyas in the 6th century AD on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley. The city was eventually conquered by the Incas, but today you can observe and explore the ancient ruins and understand the Chachapoyas culture. Although the site looks like a fortress, with massive walls 62 feet high and only a few narrow entrances, the archaeological evidence now suggests is was principally a religious and ceremonial site.
Saturday, 11 February 2023
Hike to the Gocta Falls
Today we enjoy a guided hike to the spectacular Gocta Falls, the world’s third highest waterfall. Amazingly, the Gocta Falls was not known to the world until they were discovered by a German explorer in 2006! Local people lived in fear of them and stayed away, owing to an ancient legend of a dangerous enchantress, the siren who lived in the falls. During the trek, you have a good chance of spotting the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Peru's national bird as well as hummingbirds, toucanets, capuchin and woolly monkeys.Hear the thunder of Gocta before we see the falls, a huge two-stage torrent of water falling from the towering limestone cliffs over 700m above.
If you prefer not to take the hike, you can visit the cliff tombs of Karajía where the ancient Chachapoyans installed nine tall clay figures, up to some 3m high, inside which the bodies of chieftains and perhaps their families were interred.
Macora Beach - 4 Nights
Day 14 - Fly to Tumbes
Day 15 - Mancora Beach
Day 16 - Mancora Beach
Day 17 - Mancora Beach
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Sunday, 12 February 2023
Fly to Tumbes
Today we leave the lost kingdom of Chacapoyas and travel across the mighty Marañón to Chiclayo airport. Fly to Tumbes, 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.
Monday, 13 February 2023
Relax at Mancora Beach
Relax on the beach and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
At leisure at your beach resort
Time to relax at your leisure.
Wednesday, 15 February 2023
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.
Return via Lima - 0 Nights
Day 18 - Fly to Lima and back to the UK
Day 19 - Arrive in the UK
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Thursday, 16 February 2023
Fly to Lima and back to the UK
Transfer to Tumbes airport and depart on the flight to Lima to connect with your overnight flight back to the UK.
Friday, 17 February 2023
Arrive in the UK
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug-12 Dec||22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£5,772||£5,979||£6,432||£6,569|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£9,517||£9,754||£10,169||£10,415|
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