Travel to Peru and discover the North
If you are interested in rough nature, culture and ancient history then this complete tour through the north of Peru is a great choice!
Most of the human history as we know in Peru can be rediscovered during this tour through the north. The early advanced cultures in Peru started with the Chavin Culture in Huaraz and ‘ended’ more or less with the capture of the Inca ruler Atahualpa in Cajamarca…
This tour in the north of Peru has a full program, but is a good combination to discover for yourself the natural and historical beauty in the North, including the archeological site of Kuelap and the third highest waterfall in the world, named Gocta Waterfall!
Especially for historians this tour full archeology is a must, as some of the archeological sites in the north of Peru are even now just literary being discovered, by as well archaeologists as tourists!
This tour of two weeks through the north of Peru can be done on its own, or as an addition to one of our other tours in the south of Peru.
Short itinerary of Travel to Peru and discover the North:
Day 1, Friday: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Lima – City Tour – Chiclayo
Day 3: Chiclayo -> Huaca Rajada – Museo Tumbas Reales – Tucume – Chachapoyas
Day 4: Chachapoyas –> Gocta
Day 5: Chachapoyas –> Sarcofagos de Karijia – Chachapoyas
Day 6: Chachapoyas –> Kuelap – Chachapyos – Chiclayo
Day 7: Chiclayo – Cajamarca -> Baños del Inca
Day 8: Cajamarca –> Cumbemayo – City Tour
Day 9: Cajamarca – Trujillo
Day 10: Trujillo -> Huaca de Luna – Huanchaco – Chan Chan – Trujillo – Huaraz
Day 11: Huaraz – Laguna Llanganuco – Yungay at Campo Santo – Huaraz
Day 12: Huaraz – Querococha lake – Chavin de Huantar – Huaraz
Day 13: Huaraz – Lima
Day 14: Lima and end of this tour.
Note: It is optional to both combine this tour with a ‘classic tour’ through the south of Peru and/ or to extend this tour with a trekking of 1,2,3,4,5 or even more days, through the very beautiful mountain area of Huaraz: Amazing trekking options!
Long itinerary of Discover the North of Peru
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Lima is the capital of Peru and has more than 10 million inhabitants. Despite this huge amount of citizens and the busy traffic, it is still highly recommendable to visit the very impressive colonial city center, whit its huge cathedral and to have a coffee with sea view in La Costa Verde.
Day 2: Chiclayo + tour to Museo Sican – Museo Tumbas Reales - Tucume
Your half day city tour through Lima includes visting Parque del Amor, Plaza de Armas, a visit to the Cathedral and a visit to the iconic San Francisco monastery, with its century old colonial catacombs!
Overnight you will travel for 14 hours in the VIP seats of a comfortable bus to Chiclayo.
Day 3: Arrive in Chiclaoy - Huaca Rajada – Museo Tumbas Reales - Tucume - Chachapoyas
Around 10:00 am starts your archeological group tour, in shared international services.
You start with a visit to Huaca Rajada, the original tomb from the Lord of Sipan. At the end of the eighties grave robbers found this tomb in Sipan. It was still almost intact and luckily the authorities soon heard about this discovery so they could stop the looting and start excavating this unique tomb in a professional way.
Most of the object they found in the tomb of Huaca Rajada, you can see later in the very beautiful museum Tumbas Reales. This museum is build in the shape of the old tomb from the Lord of Sipan and shows a great collection with many (golden) objects that were found in the original tomb. This combination makes that Tumbas Reales belongs to one of the best museums of Peru.
Later in the afternoon, in the Golden Hour, when the light gets softer, your will visit the archeological site Tucume. These pyramids/ ruins and ceremonial plateaus were ones build with adobe by the Lambayeque culture and the Chimu.
While walking over the site the sun goes down and the shadows of the tombs grow bigger and bigger, giving the site a more mystical appearance, before we go back to Chiclayo.
In the evening (around 20:45h) you will take again a very comfortable direct public overnight bus to Chachapoyas (10 hours).
Day 4: Chachapoyas – Gocta Waterfall
You will have a transfer to your hotel and some time to relax.
The excursion for today includes a short walk to the Cocachimbo community, from where a local guide will take you on a beautiful hike of around 2h30 min. to the impressive Gocta Waterfall of 771 m high!
Walking through the cloud forest towards and away from the waterfall you have a change to see toucans, humming birds and the iconic red Cock of the Rock.
Late in the afternoon you will be transferred back to Chachapoyas, often combined with a visit to the orchid garden. May is the best month to see many different species of orchids.
Day 5: Chachapoyas – Sarcofagos de Karajia
Day 6: Chachapoyas - Kuelap - Chiclayo
The citadel of Kuelap was built on top of a mountain (3000 m) and used to be the capital of the Chachapoyas culture. Some people call the archaeological site of Kuelap already The Machu Picchu of North Peru. While walking over the site and admiring the ancient architecture, you will also be surrounded by the nature of the highlands. Most of the rustic walls and buildings are even still covered with lush vegetation.
Around 20:00 h you will travel again with a very comfortable overnight bus back to Chiclayo.
Day 7: Chiclayo - Cajamarca
For the afternoon we’ve included a visit to the “Baños del Inca”, to relax in the hot springs where ones also the Inca’s rested after their long journeys.
Day 8: Cajamarca – Cumbemayo - City tour
Day 9: Cajamarca – Trujillo - Huanchaco
Day 10: Huanchaco - Trujillo – Huaca de Luna – Huanchaco – Chan Chan - Huaraz
Day 11: Huaraz – Laguna Llanganuco - Yungay at Campo Santo - Huaraz
Day 12: Huaraz - Querococha lake - Chavin de Huantar - Huaraz
For those who had enough culture already during this tour, you can also replace the excursion to Chavin for a day-trekking to the beautiful Laguna 69.
Day 14: Huaraz - Lima
Day 15: Lima and end of this tour.
Note 1: It is optional to both combine this tour with a ‘classic tour’ through the south of Peru and/ or to extend this tour with a trekking of 1,2,3,4,5 or even more days, through the very beautiful mountain area of Huaraz: Amazing trekking options in Huaraz!
Note 2: The itinerary’s of the tour and excursions as described above are subjected to changes.
Inclusive and recommended to bring on this tour:
The tour includes:
– 9 Nights in hotels incl. Breakfast, based on 2 persons in a room
– 4 nights in very comfortable overnight busses (optional flights)
– Transport from city to city during the tour in comfortable, mostly direct, public busses
– Private transfers
– Tours in shared service as mentioned above, to interesting archeological sites with local Spanish/English speaking guides + entrance fees in Chiclayo and Trujillo
– 24h emergency contact during the tour
– The entrance fees of archeological sites and tourist attractions in Lima, Chachapoyas, Cajamarca and Huaraz
– Lunch, dinner, drinks and other personal expenses
– Travel insurance
– International banking fees
– Additional price for a single room supplement (ask for the options)
Optional: Include all the excusions mentioned in the tour in private services.
Note: The itinerary’s of the tour and excursions as described above are subjected to changes.
We recommend you to bring at least with:
– Valid identification and travel documents and when needed a valid visa
– The information of your travel insurance
– Valid vaccinations, ask you countries health centre for more information
– A good backpack, or big sport-bag, preferable no hard suitcase
– A small day (back)pack
– Good shoes
– A warm jacket/ fleece
– A rain jacket/ poncho
– A warm sweater
– Two light trousers
– One pair of shorts
– 3 T-shirts
– A flashlight
– Something to be able to back-up your photos
– Protection against the sun and mosquito’s (you can also buy in Peru)
Be aware that Peru is not a Third World Country anymore, so most things are available. If you do have any doubts about what to bring, please feel free to ask us.