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The northern treasures of Peru
08 Days / 07 Nights
The tour allows people to know more about the Northern treasures of Peru: Chavin, Moche & Chimu. First, you will visit Lake Llanganuco and the pre Inca site of Chavin de Huantar. Then, you will visit “Huaca Rajada” complex which is where archaeologists discovered the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, a high-ranking leader whose body was accompanied by gold relics and jewelry. Then, you will visit El Brujo complex, an archaeological site dating back to the Moche culture. You will continue on your journey to Chan Chan, the former capital of the Chimu culture. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in America, and it housed an estimated 50,000 people. The huge capital contained buildings decorated with friezes which were done by molding the design into the mud walls and the more important areas were layered with precious metals.
The northern treasures of Peru
Day 01: Lima / Huaraz
Our comfortable vehicle takes us via the Pan American Highway along the Pacific Ocean coast, across sand deserts and through coastal valleys to Pativilca. Here we take the Pativilca - Huaraz Highway and drive up into the Andes until we reach Conococha Lake (4,100 masl). Scenic mountains capes announce our arrival to the Callejón de Huaylas Valley between the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) and the Cordillera Blanca. We continue to Huaraz (3,100 masl), the "Capital of Mountaineering and International Friendship." (Overnight Huaraz).
Day 02: Huaraz: Callejon de Huaylas / Lake Llanganuco
Reception and Transfer to the hotel. We will visit the beautiful Callejon de Huaylas, including towns such as Carhuaz, Caraz, Yungayz, and the beautiful Lake Llanganuco, situated in the Huascaran National Park and that reflects the beauty of Mount Huascaran on its waters. After having lunch in Caraz we will visit the artisan center of Tarica and then return to Huaraz. (Overnight Huaraz).
Day 03: Huaraz: Chavin de Huantar – Trujillo (B)
Breakfast. We will visit the millenarian Temple of Chavin, explaining much of our civilization, and recently declared Cultural Patrimony of the World. Route by the archaeological set, we will appreciate the Lanzón de Chavín, the nailed Heads, the Stone of Choquechinchay, we will cross an impressive network of internal galleries or labyrinths, also are appraised columns and a great concentric ceremonial piece of graderías. Lunch. Return to Huaraz. In the evening, you will travel by bus to Trujillo at a night bus. (Duration: 08 hours) You will be arriving Trujillo at 05:00 am.
Day 04: Arrival Trujillo: City tour (B)
Arrival in Trujillo and transfer to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon city tour including a panoramic visit of the downtown, surrounded by colonial mansions now recovered to their full magnificence by local institutions: La Casa Urquiaga (now housing the Banco de la Reserva) and la Casa Risco (now houses the Museum of Archaeology ) are very good samples of XVII century mansions with iron balconies. Visit the Cathedral with its collection of paintings from the Quito School and the Monastery of El Carmen and Art Museum. Return to your hotel. (Overnight Trujillo).
Day 05: Trujillo: Chan Chan & Huanchaco (B, L)
After breakfast you will visit to Chan Chan, the ancient Capital of the Chimu Kingdom is a "must" for all visitors. It is considered to be the largest mud-brick city in the pre-Hispanic Latin America, its higher development were reached between the XII and XIV centuries, then it was conquered by the Incas and finally abandoned before the arrival of the Spaniards. From the remains of this immense complex, we can deduce that the Chimu people were excellent engineers and architects. A stop is made at the Temple of the Dragon consecrated to the rainbow with beautiful bas-reliefs. Then, transfer to Huanchaco, which is a fisher's village near Chan-Chan ideal for lunch at one of its typical restaurants, also an opportunity to watch "Caballitos de Totora" or reed boats returning from morning fishing duty. Transfer to your hotel. (Overnight Trujillo) .
Day 06: Trujillo / El Brujo complex / Chiclayo (B)
After breakfast, departure in private transportation to Chiclayo located 209 kilometers of Trujillo, visiting along the route, the archaeological site “El Brujo complex” which belongs to the Mochica civilization. This important Mochica Complex has an area of 2 square kilometers. The discoverie include reliefs that represent scenes of the magical and religious world of the Mochicas. It is a damaged, stepped pyramid with a central court that was probably used primarily for religious ceremonies. This pyramid is undoubtedly the most impressive Moche site in the Chicama Valley and is nowadays more often referred to "EL BRUJO" ("The Sorcerer"). This current name is due to the common practice of shamans of the North coast, to hold some of their healing ceremonies at prominent hills or prehispanic ruins, which they consider to be places of power. This huaca or "ancient place" lies very near the sea, close to the small fishing village Santiago de Cao, on the right hand margin of the Chicama River. Arrival to Chiclayo and transfer to your Hotel and (Overnight Chiclayo) .
Day 07: Chiclayo: Huaca Rajada & the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum (B)
After breakfast we will visit the archaeological site of the Lord of Sipan located in the site called Huaca Rajada. The importance of this archaeological discovery was compared to the discoveries of the tomb of Tutankhamen and Machu Picchu. There are two huge adobe mud pyramids in front of which there is a platform, dating back a thousand years before the Incas. Recently two of the most famous pre-Columbian tombs were found here undisturbed: the tombs of the Lord of Sipan and his ancestor, the Old Lord. The significance of these tombs is highlighted by the fact that the Lord of Sipan was buried in a wooden coffin with bronze clasps. Skeletons of those sacrificed during the funeral rites were found outside the sarcophagus; two young women at the head and feet of the lord, two men at either side of the body, and the skeleton of a dog. You will continue your exploration by going to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum which was inspired by the Mochica pyramids. This new museum was inaugurated in November 2002 and is rated one of the most outstanding archaeological museums in South America. Here you can find a reconstruction of the tomb of Sipan, dubbed the "Tutankhamen of the Americas" because of the golden splendor of his tomb. Transfer to your hotel. (Overnight Chiclayo) .
Day 08: Chiclayo – Lma (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning to visit Chiclayo. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Lima. Arrival to the “Jorge Chavez International Lima Airport” where you will wait your international flight.
Tips or taxes.
02 nights in selected hotel in Huaraz with breakfast included
02 nights in selected hotel in Trujillo with breakfast included
02 nights in selected hotel in Chiclayo with breakfast included
Bus ticket Lima – Huaraz
Nightbus Huaraz – Trujillo
Private transportation Trujillo – Chiclayo
All tours as described with English speaking guide
All tickets and entrance fees.
Prices from US$ 638.77 (per person based in double occupancy)
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