Ancient treasures from Lima and the North 6 Days

Tour Type

Perú

Location

Perú

Overview

Discover the historical wonders of Peru on a tour of its pre-Hispanic past and colonial era. Visit beautiful churches and mansions in Lima, as well as huacas and archaeological complexes in the north of the country. Trujillo and Chiclayo keep an impressive legacy as nerve points of Mochica culture. Interesting museums and beautiful landscapes will complete this unforgettable trip.

HOTELS

Tourist 3*.
Superior Tourist 4*.
Luxury 5*.

OPERATION DATES

Daily departures until December 2020.

 

ITINERARY

*Subject to change.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL LIMA.

Arrive at Lima Airport. A transportation service and a guide will pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time to transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.

  • Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima.

DAY 2 | LIMA - CITY TOUR.

Wake up to breakfast in the hotel before hitting the streets of Lima’s old town; a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historical buildings. Start with the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid.

The museum boasts the world’s most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that to this day has always been owned by the same family.

Continue to a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which originates and spreads out from the Main Square. Here you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire and be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral. Erected in the 16th century, this building took more than 80 years to complete. After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima. Breakfast included.

DAY 3 | LIMA - TRUJILLO / CITY TOUR AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM.

After a tasty breakfast, enjoy a comfortable transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Trujillo. A representative will meet and greet you and then transfer you to the selected hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a brief tour of the attractions of Trujillo. As an important city during the colonial era, Trujillo has managed to conserve its beautiful buildings and mansions of the time. Make a visit to the Santa Clara and El Carmen churches, and their cloistered convents, as well as to the Church of San Francisco.

Then visit the Church of La Merced and the Superior Court of Justice. Continue to the Main Square and the Cathedral, where you can see rococo altarpieces and paintings from the Cusco and Quito schools of art. Next, visit the Archbishop’s Palace and Casa Calonge, a colonial residence where the liberator Simon Bolivar stayed. Continue to the House of Emancipation, the Iturregui Palace, the Plazuela El Recreo, and the old city wall. Then head to the National University of Trujillo’s Museum of Archaeology Anthropology and History, where objects from different cultures that were developed in the territory of La Libertad are exhibited. After the tour, return to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the selected hotel in Trujillo. Breakfast included.

DAY 4 | TRUJILLO – HUACAS DEL SOL & LA LUNA – CHAN CHAN – HUANCHACO.

Today you will meet the most famous tourist attractions in Trujillo. Early in the morning, transport will pick you up to take you to the outskirts of the city where the huacas del Sol and de la Luna are located - two magnificent buildings of Mochica culture. According to the investigations, the Huaca del Sol was political while the Huaca de la Luna was religious. Among them, a series of streets, passages and houses are proof that middle and upper-class people inhabited the area. Although the Huaca del Sol is the largest, the Huaca de la Luna is the one the most impressive because of the level of conservation and study.

It has incredible murals that remain until today that show the different Moche deities and other scenes of religious connotation. Continue your walk through history in Chan Chan - the impressive mud city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Considered the capital of the Chimu culture, it is composed of nine citadels that cover an area of ​​more than 20 square kilometres and make it the largest in America.

The details on its walls reflect the great work done in its construction and that has remained more than a thousand years until today. Before returning to your hotel, you will take a walk through Huanchaco, one of Trujillo's most traditional beaches and famous for totora horses: boats made of vegetable fibres used by artisanal fishermen to navigate among the waves of the Pacific.

  • Overnight at the selected hotel in Trujillo. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 5 | TRUJILLO – EL BRUJO COMPLEX - CHICLAYO.

The El Brujo Archaeological Complex is of great importance to learn about the Moche culture. Located in the valley of the Chicama River, 60 kilometres from Trujillo, it's the house of one of the most impressive discoveries of recent years: the mummy of the Lady of Cao, the Mochica ruler that changed the perception of women in ancient Peru. The complex consists of three pyramids: Huaca Prieta, Huaca Cao Viejo and Huaca Cortada. Huaca Cao Viejo is the main enclosure, with decorative friezes and a ceremonial square.

It was there where the funeral bundle of the Lady of Cao was found, in a tomb denoting her importance. The body was almost intact thanks to the techniques used for mummification and adorned with tattoos and jewellery such as necklaces, earmuffs and filigree nose rings, made with gold, silver, copper, semi-precious stones and shells. After the visit, you will follow the road by road to your hotel in the city of Chiclayo.

  • Overnight at the selected hotel in Chiclayo. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 6 | CHICLAYO – TÚCUME – ROYAL TOMBS MUSEUM – HUACA RAJADA.

After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, head towards the archaeological complex of Tucume. With more than 200 hectares, the complex houses 26 monumental buildings associated with lower-level structures such as plazas, murals, courtyards and canal systems, reflecting a policy of planned growth and the unique social structure of Lambayeque.

Visit the site museum to have a better idea of what life was like during that period. Then transfer to Lambayeque to visit the Royal Tombs Museum. Due to the discovery of the Lord of Sipan, whose importance was demonstrated in the complexity of his funeral and its apparent semi-divine condition, a new museum was created. After lunch in a typical restaurant, head to the archaeological complex of Huaca Rajada, an inspiring set of huge adobe pyramids.

The place gained special notoriety in 1987 when Dr Walter Alva, then director of the Brünning Museum in Lambayeque, became aware of the clandestine excavations that were taking place. And what then began as a protection plan ended with the magnificent discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, one of the most impressive pre-Columbian burials in Peru. Afterwards, go back to your hotel to collect your belongings and enjoy a transfer from your hotel to the Chiclayo airport for your onward travels. A representative will assist you during the journey.

  • Breakfast and lunch included.

 

END OF THE SERVICES.

Included/Excluded

GUIDE: Operated with a guide in Spanish and English.
ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights of accommodation in Lima, two nights of accommodation in Trujillo, and one night of accommodation in the Chiclayo.
MEALS: Daily breakfast in the hotel from day 2.
MEALS: Lunch on day 4 and day 4 in Trujillo, and on day 6 in Chiclayo.
TRANSPORT: Private transfers from and to the airport.
TRANSPORT: Shared transfers from and to the train stations.
TRANSPORT: Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu in Expedition service (PeruRail) or Voyager (IncaRail).
ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima; Archaeological Museum (UNT), Huacas of the Sun & Moon, Chan Chan, El Brujo archaeological complex and Lady of Cao Museum in Trujillo; Huaca Rajada, Royal Tombs Museum and Tucume in Chiclayo.
Expenses of a personal nature, beverages and meals not stated in the programme.
Tips for driver and guide.
Mandatory supplementaries for special dates like Easter Holidays, Inti Raymi, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year´s mentioned separately.
International flights to Peru.
Domestic flights (we advise booking the first flights in the morning).
Domestic and international airport taxes.

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