Caral & Moche 6 days 5 nights

Caral & MocheCaral Trujillo & Chiclayo Moche Route) 6 days

 

Day 01: Lima - Bandurria - Caral

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We pick you up  at your hotel and head to the Bandurria Archaeological Site, one of the most important sites in the North Central Coast of Peru, belonging to the Pre ceramic Late Period (3000 to 2000 BC). The public sector presents a ceremonial pyramids composed of stone and mud located on the north side of the site and a large residential / domestic sector on the south side. After that we visit the Sacred City of Caral, located in the middle sector of the Supe Valley. Its importance is that it is the most prominent urban settlement of its size and architectural complexity of all identified in Peru between 3000 and 2000 BC. Here more than 32 architectural ensembles of varying size and function, which, so far, have been identified 6 pyramidal buildings and a number of medium and small buildings, including temples, residential areas, public squares, amphitheatres, warehouses appreciated , coliseum circular tombs, altars and streets, which makes us conclude that albergo around about 3000 inhabitants. Among the most important buildings stands the Great Temple. The city of Caral had a complex sociopolitical organization, advanced level of knowledge in science, technology and art reflected in its architecture, being the oldest in America, and comparable only to other civilizations of the Old The world as Mesopotamia, India, China and Egypt. 

Overnight in Lima.

Day 02: Trujillo In - Trujillo Walking City Tour 

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Flight from Lima to Trujillo.

Upon yur arrival at the city of Trujillo, we check in at the hotel, and start the colonial city tour. During the city tour we visit the historic colonial center: The Plaza de Armas of Trujillo, the largest in Peru. It highlights the Freedom Monument, located in the center of the square, we also visit colonial mansions and churches, like the Cathedral and its beautiful paintings and altarpieces, The Urquiaga Mansion (BCR Museum), the Plazuela El Recreo and colonial water system. We end the city tour visiting the Archaeological Museum of the National University. 

Overnight in Trujillo.   

Day 03: Temple of the Dragon - Chan Chan - Huanchaco - Temples of the Sun & the Moon

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Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport or bus terminal, and take you to your hotel.

09:00 AM This day, we will visit The Temple of the Dragon, decorated with anthropomorphic and geometric figures, then we continue learning about the Chimu culture in the Chan Chan Site Museum. Next place to visit is Chan Chan (UNESCO Heritage), the largest pre-Columbian citadel of the Americas. Here we enter to the Nik-An Palace, built with refined architectural technique, which includes impressive reliefs and exquisite geometric and zoomorphic designs and friezes depicting fish, pelicans, diamonds, originally painted in ocher, yellow and red tones. The Citadel of Chan Chan had ceremonial plazas, water reservoirs, defense systems and rooms designed to store food. Chan Chan population was about 60,000 inhabitants of the Chimu empire. Then we head to the fishing village of Huanchaco, where you can see the "little reed horses", traditional pre-Columbian rafts which still are the main tool of the current Huanchaco's fishermen.

Time to enjoy lunch in Huanchaco.

After that, we visit the Moche Valley and the flat-topped pyramids called Temples of the Sun and the Moon. The Temple of the Sun served as administrative center and was built with about 140 million adobes. The Temple of the Moon holds the most stunning and best-preserved murals throughout Peru. This pyramid walls are beautifully decorated with polychrome friezes, where the main character is the Moche deity "Aia-paec" and different themes like snakes, prisioners, and mystical subjects alluding their ceremonial rituals. We end our visits in The Moche Temples Site Museum, to see the artifacts found during excavations of the Moche Temples Archaeological Project such as ceramics of great beauty, pieces made of gold, cotton and feathers, which were used in their ceremonies. 

Overnight in Trujillo.

Day 04: El Brujo Complex - Huaca Rajada - Chiclayo

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We start travelling to the Chicama Valley, to visit El Brujo Archaeological Complex, comprising Huaca Prieta, Huaca Cao Viejo and Huaca El Brujo. We visit the interiors of Huaca Cao Viejo, which has stunning polychrome reliefs and friezes. Some of these friezes depict some prisoners moving from west to east, and behind them standing still several warriors carrying their weapons painted all in natural size scale. The tomb of the Lady of Cao, ruler and Moche Priestess, considered an almost divine character was found in Huaca Cao Viejo. It is of great importance since before this finding, it was thought that only men had held high positions in ancient Peru. We also visit the Museum of Cao, here in a special room we see the mummified remains of the Lady of Cao, and her impressive tattoos that have a religious and ritual symbolism, her ornaments, jewelry and costumes that accompany her funeral bundle. 

We continue our trip to Chiclayo and on route we stop at Huaca Rajada. This place comprises two adobe pyramids and the burial chamber of the Lord of Sipan where he was found together with sacrified servants, concubines and warriors, llamas, etc, offerings and ceramics that accompany the Lord to his journey to the afterlife according to the Moche belief. Besides of beautiful ornaments made of gold, silver and semi preicius stones, now in the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum.

Overnight in Chiclayo. 

Day 05: Sican Museum - Bruning Museum - Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

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We visit the Sican National Museum. It has a permanent exhibition of all aspects of society and culture Sicán. It also describes details of the domestic life of the Sican population and the development processes of their ceramics and metals; in addition to the recreation of two tombs of noblemen, containing gold ornaments and other valuables. It explains how the Lord of Sican was buried face down in a fetal position. One of the most important rooms features pieces like the famous golden mask of the Winged Eyes, crowns, necklaces, among other precious ornaments and ceramics, found in the Huaca El Oro and Huaca Las Ventanas in The Pomac Forest.

Then we visit the Bruning Archaeological National Museum, where over 1,400 archeological pieces of Lambayeque, Moche, Chavin, Vicus, Inca and other cultures are exposed. The most important pieces dating back more than 10,000 years ago. In the gardens of the museum stands the figure of Naylamp. One of the most important rooms is the Room of the Gold and the three rooms dedicated to the Priestess of Chornancap, with more than 160 pieces of his grave goods and her artifacts of gold, silver and textiles.

We finish our Moche adventure, travelling to Lambayeque to visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, where we can see the great treasures and jewelry of the Lord of Sipan found in Huaca Rajada. The tomb of the Lord of Sipan is one of the biggest and richest in the world compared with that of Tutankhamen in Egypt. His goods in the museum consists of several rooms with more than 400 artifacts made of gold, silver and precious stones such as headgear, masks, pectorals, necklaces (including the famous peanuts necklace of gold and silver), nose rings, earrings that indicate his high importance and rank in the Moche civilization. Also we will see an exact replica of the tombs and burial chamber and a life-size moving diorama of The Lord of Sipan and his court, which provides additional realistic impression by the play of lights and its beautiful design. The Museum also houses the regalia and jewels of the Lord of Ucupe, discovered in Huaca El Pueblo - Quiñones - Chaquira. Definitely a must see.

Overnight in Chiclayo.

Day 06: Chiclayo Out - Lima In

Transfer from the hotel to the airport. 

What is included?

  • Private airport / bus terminal shuttle transfer In & Out
  • Transportation with AC and professional driver.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All transfers and entrances fee (tickets)
  • 01 night accommodation in Lima with breakfast included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Trujillo with breakfast included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Chiclayo with breakfast included.  
  • Flight or bus Lima Trujillo.
  • Transportation Trujillo --> Chiclayo.
  • 24 hours assistance during the trip.

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner.

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