North Archaeology & Nature 23 days 22 nights

 

North Archaeology & NatureCaral Huaraz Trujillo Chiclayo Cajamarca Chachapoyas & Tarapoto 23 days 22 nights

Day 01: Lima - Lachay Hills Reserve - Caral

caral

We pick you up at your hotel, and departure to hte north of Lima.

W will travel for around 2 hours to The Lachay Hills Reserve. The hills are characteristic of the Peruvian coastal desert ecosystems, where flora and fauna grow due to the seasonal presence of dense fogs that give a magical appearance in the twilight hours and produce paradisiacal landscapes. Lachay biodiversity is mainly represented by lush flora, and fauna like deer and coastal gray fox, skunk, vizcachas, reptiles as the pallet of the coast, snakes, lizards hills (endemic), and geckos, among birds include raptors such as burrowing owl, peregrine falcon, common hawks and kestrels, hummingbirds. There is a photo exhibition room, a cafeteria, a shelter, and a team of rangers that protect the area and help visitors.

The Lachay National Reserve has two distinct seasons: a wet, between June and October characterized by high humidity of 100%, where the hills show all its splendor; and a dry or arid, with strong sunshine and no fog, where the greenery disappears completely, leaving only some trees.

In case of visits during the dry season, we will vist 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. 

Continue travelling to Casma.

Overnight in Casma.

Day 02: Chankillo - Sechin - Max Uhle Museum - Huaraz In

sechin casma north peru

Departure to the south to visit Chanquillo archaeological site. that comprises Chankillo Temple and The Thirteen Towers Solar Observatory, which  is the America's oldest astronomical prehispanic sanctuary. The fortress consists of two parallel circular walls surrounding the hill, and a central room walled with rectangular and circular rooms. All buildings in Chanquillo are made with stones from the site, and the mud used for the mortar and plaster was brought from the valley. The solar observatory of Chankillo was a necessity for the people of this region for agricultural purposes. We end the tour visiting the Sechin Archaeological Site (one of the oldest cultures of Peru: from 1.800 to 200 BC). It consists of seven structures where the main building is rectangular with a perimeter wall and inner engraved monoliths of previous era, made of adobe. The monoliths, which are nearly four meters high, representing warrior-priests and dismembered victims. The depiction of human figures in the monoliths suggests relations with the Chavin culture. Then we visit the Max Uhle Site Museum which is part of Cerro Sechin Archeological Site and which exhibits the most important parts obtained from archaeological excavations, also provides an overview on the history of the town of Casma. 

Transfer from Casma to Huaraz.

Overnight in Huaraz.

Day 03: Chavin de Huantar

chavin huantar huaraz

We travel through the "Callejon de Conchucos", which runs parallel to the "Callejon de Huaylas" while we enjoy the views of the east side of the "Cordillera Blanca", while visiting towns like Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac where we stop in Querococha Lake (3980 m), located in the Huascaran National Park, and from where we can see the Yanamarey Pucaraju Mountain. We will go through the Cahuish Tunnel (Kawish), which crosses the Cordillera Blanca at an altitude of 4,516 meters linking Catac with the people of Chavin. Finally we arrive at the Chavin de Huantar Archaeological Site (3180 m), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has several buildings: pyramids, plazas that sit on a hillside, and stairways. The pyramidal constructions house a network of passages and interior cameras. The material for the stone architecture was also used to portray mythical figures in high and low relief; plated walls, carved stones, and stone heads depicting their deity. In the Chavin Gallery or Labyrinth, you will find a monolith carved with mythical figures, called Lanzon, measuring about 5 meters high. Chavin also has many representative monoliths as the Raymondi Stela, the Tello Obelisk and Yauya Stela. We visit the Chavin National Museum, which houses most of the gargoyle type heads, and the magnificent Tello Obelisk, which is the oldest Chavin art sculpture, that it is thought it was a solar calendar.

Overnight in Huaraz.

Day 04: Pastoruri Glacier

pastoruri huaraz

We visit the southern side of the Callejon de Huaylas: the village of Recuay, San Patricio Natural Caves, and their small water leaks and stalactites of capricious forms, continue to the Patococha Lake (4130 m) and Pumapampa Springs, sparkling water emanating from the depths up to a height of about one meter. Then we visit the Pumapashimin springs, wich has a visual effect caused by algae and mainly by sunlight to produce the decomposition of light, resulting multicolored effects in the water. The surrounding landscape offer us the highlands grasslands and the Puya Raimondi, endemic flora, that can grow upto 12 meters high and can produce up to 8000 flowers when blooming. Finally we go to Pastoruri Glacier, one of the most beautiful places in the Huascaran National Park. The ice occupies an area of ​​1.28 km2. 

Overnight in Huaraz. 

Day 05: Hiking to Lake 69 

lake 69 huaraz

Leaving the city of Huaraz at 6:00 am, Northbound the Callejon de Huaylas to the city of Yungay, where we will pause for 30 minutes to have breakfast, we continue our journey to La Quebrada Llanganuco and Llanganuco Lake 3850 meters, where we can have a pause to take decision Photo of this stunning turquoise lagoon, we continue our journey to a place called Camp Cebollapampa 3900 meters where we start the walk through the gorge appreciating much vegetation as Quenuales trees, typical of the Andes. The trail is a magical path that is on the right side of the stream down from the Lake 69, it forms Waterfalls. There are a variety of plants that adorn the path (quisuares, ichus, orchids, shajshash, among others). Above we can see gigantic mountains as Chacraraju (6112 meters), Pisco (5752 meters), Huandoy (6395 meters), Yanapaccha (5460 meters), Chopicalqui (6354 meters) and the majestic southern side of the Huascaran (6768 meters). In the Lake 69 (4500 m), we will make a pause for 1 hour to eat and enjoy the scenery of the Cordillera Blanca. Then we returned to the bus for 3 hours to return to the city of Huaraz.

Overnight in Huaraz.

Day 06: Huaraz out - Canyon of the Duck - Trujillo In

cañon del pato huallanca

Transfer from Huaraz to Trujillo via the Cañon del Pato (Canyon of the Duck), impressive geological formation of the northern highlands of Peru (between the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanca), formed by the force of the river in its route, which erodes the rocks of both mountain ranges approaching 5 meters at the narrowest part with 2,000 meters deep on a stretch of more than 500 meters long. Also during the trip, we go through many tunnels, among other geological formations. The Canyon was used by Cañon del Pato Hydroelectric, to provide power to the regions of Cajamarca, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Ancash.

Arrival to the city of Trujillo, hotel check in. 

Overnight in Trujillo. 

Day 07: Trujillo Colonial City Tour - Temple of the Dragon - Chan Chan - Huanchaco - Temples of the Sun & the Moon

chan chan

We start of our colonial city tour. During the city tour we will go through the historic center of the colonial city of Trujillo: Main Square, one of the most beautiful and the largest of Peru. It highlights the Freedom Monument, located in the center of the square. We visit the Emancipation Mansion, the Cathedral and its beautiful paintings and altarpieces, the El Recreo Park and its colonial water system, The Iturregui Palace and La Merced Church.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 08: El Brujo Archaeological Complex - Huaca Rajada - Chiclayo In

el brujo cao

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 continur travelling to the Tomb of Sipan in 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 09: Chaparri Reserve In

fox at chaparri reserve

After breakast we travel to Chongoyape, to visit the Chaparri Reserve, refuge and home to the white-winged guan, spectacled bears, foxes, guanacos, Andean condor and deer, etc; addition of about 223 species of bird. The Spectacled Bear Rescue Center, is of great importance because it is home to bears rescued from illegal captivity or hunting, to rehabilitate them and return them to their natural habitat. There are also some trails to enjoy nature and the view of the Chaparri mountain that dominates the landscape and was considered sacred by the Moche people and remains so for the shamans of Peru. During our hike we can appreciate the fauna consists of endemic birds, among which stand out for their beautiful hummingbirds, also some reptiles and mammals, such as deer, foxes, etc and hopefully sometimes spectacled bears in its free state can be seen. We have lunch at Chaparri, before exploring the reserve.

Overnight in Chaparri.  

Day 10: Chaparri - Ventarron - Collud - Chiclayo

chaparri hummingbird chongoyape

Early in the morning, we walk with our guide to look for hummingbirds bathing in a nearby stream. Time to enjoy the natural landscapes, and hiking the trails in the reserve. We will explore the surroundings with our guide and observe the endemic wildlife of this protected area.

Lunch at Chaparri and departure to Chiclayo.

On our way back we we visit the Ventarron Archaeological Site (pre-ceramic), that has the oldest of Americas polychrome mural (2000 BC). The mural depicts the hunting of a deer known as the "captive deer "(because looks like it is caught in a net) and another abstract motifs in red and white colors. It has several rooms of cruciform and circular shape. We continue our visit to Collud Complex, (theocratic capital)  the largest settlement in the formative period in the Lambayeque Valley and one of the most developed in that time in Peru, that has strong Cupisnique and Chavin influence. It consists of several monumental buildings such as a stepped platform and wall decorations in relief. In the Temple we find a desing with the shape of a head with feline, bird and spider features, framed by diamonds that symbolize a net, some other stylized figures also appear in their designs.

Overnight in Chiclayo.    

Day 11: Sican Museum - Tucume Pyramids - Huaca Balsas - Pomac Forest (Batangrande)

fauna pomac

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.

Next we explore the Valley of the Pyramids of Túcume. This spectacular archaeological complex consists of 26 adobe pyramids. In the center, the Holy Mountain, known as Cerro La Raya, a viewpoint to enjoy the scenery of the Valley of La Leche and the huacas (pyramids) in the site such as: Las Estacas, La Raya, Del Pueblo, Las Balsas, Huaca I and Grandes, among others. The Túcume Complex is one of the most prominent archaeological sites in Peru and the largest concentration of adobe pyramids in the northern coast of Peru, being Huaca Larga the largest in South America (700 meters long, 280 meters wide and 30 meters high). Within the pyramids complex, will make a special visit to Huaca Las Balsas, ruled by women religious temple dedicated to worship the water, it is decorated with mystical and ritual purposes. Its friezes recreate rafts manned by strange characters with anthropomorphic traits, surrounded by large waves, seabirds and animals. We will have time to visit the Museum of Tucume

Our next stop is the Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary aka Batangrande Archaological Complex, a dry equatorial forest with diverse wildlife, with 16 of them being endemic to the Tumbesian area and 5 endemic to Peru. Here live mammals such as the sechura fox, anteater, wild cats, squirrels and different varieties of reptiles. The site also comprises about 20 adobe pyramids. We visit the Interpretation Centre, The ancient tree (Carob tree of great size and age, source of legends), we climb up to The Salinas viewpoint to see the forest and La Leche river in all its majesty. We will visit the Huaca El Oro (where an important Sican tomb was found and the pieces of ceramics and artifacts are displayed in the Sican Museum), and Huaca Las Ventanas (here they found the famous Tumi, a ceremonial knife made of gold). The complex also includes Huaca la Merced, Huaca Rodillona, ​​dedicated to the management, control and administration of the powerful Sican. 

Overnight in Chiclayo

Day 12: Huaca Chotuna Chornancap - Bruning Museum - Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

sipan lord lambayeque

We travel to Lambayeque, and visit the Huaca Chotuna Chornancap Complex, related to the origin of the Lambayeque culture and the Legend of Naylamp (the mystic founder of the Lambayeque culture). It consists of a series of stepped and flat-topped pyramids, some still covered by sand. Within the complex and 1 km from Huaca Chotuna, we find Huaca Gloria also called The Friezes Temple (for its murals) that is distinguished by its polychrome (red, black, white and green) depicting in their iconography birds trapping a fish in freefall. To complete the visit, we will go the Site Museum where the legend of mythical Naylamp is represented with 25 mannequins and musical background and also where gold and silver ornaments of the dynasty that reigned then across the valley are exhibited. In this complex the tomb of the Priestess of Chornancap possibly ruler or perhaps the concubine of another character was found. 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 13: Chiclayo Out - Kuntur Wasi - Cajamarca In

kuntur wasi

We leave Chiclayo for Cajamarca, on route we visit the Yonan petrogliphs, and the plenty of carved figures representing the flora and fauna of the region, as well as stars, divine characters and scenes of daily life of the inhabitants of that time. 

We head to the village of San Pablo, to visit Kuntur Wasi,  temple and fortress related to the Chavin culture. Its name means "House of the Condor" (Kuntur = condor, Wasi = home). Here also visit the museum that houses objects found during the excavations, gold pieces worked 1500 years before Christ, crowns, necklaces and artifacts with beads. These include "the crown of the fourteen faces" found in one of the tombs of Kuntur Wasi that were part of the funerary equipment of the ruling elite. Kuntur Wasi carvings denote a great Chavin artistic influence, due to the felines figures in their friezes. Especially the gold and pottery show Cupisnique influence. In ceramic and stone plates belonging to this culture is possible to observe drawings of human faces, similar to the reliefs of Cerro Sechin. We climb up the "La Copa" hill to visit the ceremonial temple where tombs of their former priests with ceramics of great beauty and value were found.

We continue travelling through the highlands until  Time for lunch.

Overnight in Cajamarca.

Day 14: City tour Cajamarca- Ventanillas de Otuzco

otuzco necropolis

Upon arrival, we take you to your hotel.

City tour: we visit the Plaza de Armas, St. Catherine of Alexandria Church (Cathedral), San Francisco Church, Ransom Room, Church of Bethlehem, Men & Women Colonial Hospital (Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum), St. Apolonia Viewpoint & Sanctuary and the "Chair of the Inca". 

In the afternoon we visit the Ventanillas de Otuzco (literally Windows of Otuzco), pre Inca archaeological site that belongs to the Cajamarca culture. This necropolis consists of niches carved in the rocks, called windows. It is a cemetery, which dates back to the first centuries of our era. The entrances are rectangular and quadrangular cut of 50-60 cm. Then we visit a Viewpoint to enjoy the  countryside landscape of the valley.

Overnight at Cajamarca.

Day 15: Cumbemayo - Inca Baths

cumebmayo frailones

We visit today the Cumbemayo Archeological Site, located at 3,500 meters above sea level, surrounded by an impressive stone forest. This consists of the aqueduct (pre Inca hydraulic engineering work), the sanctuary and its antropomorphic figures - feline forms. We visit the Bella Vista Viewpoint from where we can see the valley of Cajamarca in all its beauty. We also will hike a little though the Layzón "Stone Forest", where we see the giant "Monks" (frailones) called like this because of their great size. 

After our visits we will go to the Inca Baths to enjoy the medicinal thermal waters, and visit the Poza del Inca (Inca favourite spring) and Perolitos (springs), with temperatures reaching 78 ° C. According to chroniclers this place was the first stage of encounter of the Spaniards and the Incas. 

Overnight in Cajamarca. 

Day 16: Combayo Necropolis - Sangal Canyon

quinde sangal

We will travel east of Cajamarca, at an altitude of 3,600 meters, here we begin to descend on foot starting a walk for two hours until reaching The Combayo Necropolis. It is located in the district "La Encañada", and is the oldest cemetery in Peru, with more than 3500 years old. The necropolis are hundreds of niches carved in rock, like those of Otuzco, but much better preserved. Combayo Necropolis is also part of the "Capac Ñan Route" or "Great Inca Trail" that runs almost the entire Central Highlands. Funeral rituals were performed in Combayo, responding to a cult of the ancestors of the Cajamarca culture.

We make a pause for our Box Lunch. After that we will continue down the river to observe the formation of the Chonta Riverm, then Cerro Gallorco and then continue to the Sangal Canyon (2,900 m) where we will see the habitat of the Ventigris Comet Hummingbird, classified as an endangered bird. This is the natural habitat of this hummingbird because of the native flora of the valley formed by the Chonta river and nearby places.We can also observe the Cajamarca countryside and hopefully find fossilized snails. We can go back by rivate or on foot.

Overnight in Cajamarca.

Day 17: Cajamarca Leymebamba

chachapoyas cajamarca

We will travel from Leymebamba to Cajamarca via Celendin. The route is wonderful with stunning scenery. We will stop for lunch, rest and make photo shots.

Overnight in Leymebamba.

 

 

 

 Day 18: Revash Mausoleums - Leymebamba Museum

revash chachapoyas

We travel for 2 hours until to Leymebamba to visit the Revash Archaeological Site (2700 m). The site comprises mausoleum tombs belonging to the Chachapoya culture (Late Intermediate: 1100 - 1470 AD). Revash mausoleums are built in cavities carved into the limestone rock cliff. The walls of the tombs are made of small stones settled with mud mortar, painted in shades of cream and red. Some tombs are decorated with paintings depicting cats, llamas and figures of geometric shapes. Also a variety of pictographs decorate the cliff walls behind the mausoleums. We then visit The Leymebamba Museum, which houses more than 216 mummies and 2000 objects of grave goods recovered in 1997 from the archaeological site Lake of the Condors or Lake of the Mummies. Besides the three archaeological rooms housing the recovered material, there is an ethnographic room that explains the various expressions of the ancient chachapoya inhabitants, their customs and life.

At the museum we can also stop to watch the hummingbird feeders and find some Sword-billed Hummingbird, White-bellied Woodstar, Purple-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet, Brown, and the diversity of birds which come to feed, and sometimes even the Marvelous Spatuletail.

Overnight in Leymebamba.

Day 19: Kuelap

We will visit the archaeological site of Kuelap, located in on a natural rocky elevation at 3000 meters. The fortified citadel of kuelapKuelap, oval fortress surrounded by an imposing wall, almost impenetrable, rises from 5.5 meters to 11.5 meters. oriented from north to south. Kuelap is one of the most important architectural remains of the Chachapoyas culture. The citadel, measuring about 584 meters long and an average of 110 meters at the widest part, has a total dimension of approximately 6 acres. It is surrounded by a perimeter wall that varies between 10 and 20 meters high, depending on terrain, and is entirely built of limestone blocks weighing up to 3 tons. On the west side of the citadel, lays the Great Temple, for the ceremonial rites that were performed there. The citadel walls are decorated with many carvings in high relief depicting anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and geometric designs in the stones, located mostly in the Great Temple; where also numerous burials were found. 

Continue travelling to Chachapoyas.

Overnight in Chachapoyas.

Day 20: Gocta Falls

gocta chachapoyas

Departure to the Cocachimba town, from here we hike for about 2 hours to the Waterfall of Gocta. The waterfall drops in two crashes, the first measures 231 meters high and the second 540 meters high, reaching a total drop of 771 meters, is one of the highest in the world and the third one highest in Peru. In the area, there are approximately 110 bird species like the cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana), and the Spatulatail Hummingbird (Marvellous Spatuletail, endemic to the Amazon region). As for mammals, there are 20 species as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (flavicauda lagotrix) and the night monkey (Aotus miconax), both endemic primate of Peru. And in terms of plants, 355 species have been recorded of which 6 are endemic of Peru and 6 are endangered species. It also features 41 species of orchids. We return to Cocachimba for lunch. Return to Chachapoyas.

Overnight in Chachapoyas. 

Day 21: Huembo Reserve - Moyobamba

marvelous spatulateil huembo

We will visit the ​​Huembo Reserve, one of the most perfect places to meet birds of all colors places, especially with the marvelous spatulateil hummingbird, perhaps the most beautiful and rare in the world. The reserve is almost 32 hectares equipped for resident and migratory birds, and other wildlife can feed and rest. Huembo is full of drinkers hanging from trees placed in strategic locations to await the arrival of hummingbirds. In Huembo you can see dozens of colorful hummingbirds, giving us a wonderful show only understandable when you are in front of them. After our visit in Huembo, we will continue our trip and make a stop at the Pomacochas Lake, and the Abra Patricia, where we can relax and take pictures to continue then travelling to Moyobamba. 

Overnight in Moyobamba.  

Day 22: Waqanki Orchids Center - Tarapoto

waqanki moyobamba tarapoto

We will visit the Waqanki Orchids Center, that holds 247 species of orchids collected in the Alto Mayo Area, and other exotic species. The Orchid trail take us though the Mishquiyacuquillo Rain Forest, where we also can see different species of birds and insects. Among the birds we can find in the Hummingbird/orchid garden and tower: Rufous-crested Coquette, Mishana Tyrannulet, Black-bellied (Huallaga) Tanager, Golden-rumped Euphonia, etc.  The feeders that have been installed in the place let us see many kind of birds. After our visit we travel to Tarapoto.

Overnight in Tarapoto. 

Day 23: Urku Rescue Center - Tamushal Waterfalls (La Escalera Conservation Area)

tamushal 2

We visit the facilities of the URKU Amazonian Species Rescue Center, where you can you learn about some of the species that inhabit the "Cordillera La Escalera Regional Conservation Area", considered one of the natural heritage of Peru, that is home of the specoes such as the spider monkey (maquisapa), the antediluvian tapir (the only relative of the rhino in Latin America) among others. Here we can observe various endangered species and which have been rescued and are being rehabilitated, to return to their natural habitat. We also see a great sample of floristic diversity and some associated to traditional uses like magic, medicine and daily life of the Amazonian people. We explore the area to spot fauna, flora and birds.

We start hiking up from The Alto Shilcayo Biological Station Center for about 1 and a half hours into the Cordillera Escalera, an area that has a rich diversity of wildlife, highlighting mammals like the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), common woolly monkey (brown woolly monkey), jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), red deer (Mazama americana) ; birds like the yellow semi Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus huallagae), the garganticeniza antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri) bigotona lechucita (long-whiskered owlet), green macaw (Ara militaris), duck brown head (Netta erythropthalma), cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana); Amphibians such as frogs and colored (Dendrobates sp.), among others. About flora, the reserve has different species of bromeliads, heliconias and orchids of different colors, sizes and shapes, which are associated with trees such as the pona (Dictyocaryum ptariense), the screw (Cedrelinga cateniformis), copal (Dacryodes sp.), Shimbillo (Inga sp.), cumala (Iryanthera sp.), moena (Nectandra spp.) and strangle (Coussapoa spp.), forming an ecosystem with high potential for the development of eco-businesses like floriculture.

While hiking, we will cross many times the Shilcayo river, and different streams, until we get to "El susto" (the fear), a point of the hike called like that by the locals because here you whether continue or give up. Along the way, we can also see lots of flora and animal species like the Morpho butterflies (big blue specimens), the dart frogs (colorful, used by natives to make their blowguns) and several species of birds. Along the way, we will enjoy the fresh waters of the Mishquiyacu gorge. We will also learn to recognize medicinal plants. Then the silence of the forest is interrupted by insects, birds and other living creatures in the area, after that we reach the Tamushal waterfalls, to take a refreshing swim. Box lunch. Afte exploring the area, we are ready to return to the interpretation center.  La Cordillera La Escalera is not only important because of the wildlife and flora that houses, but also because is the source of fresh water to many local comunities. 

Overnight in Tarapoto. 

Day 24: Lamas Native Town - Tarapoto Out

wayku lamas

We will visit the main atractions of the city of Lamas: Main Square and The Chancas Museum. After that we go up to the la Cruz Viewpoint, located in the highest part of the town of Lamas, from where we will see the architecture of their houses and the landscape. It is curious that the houses have no windows, believing to prevent the entry of "bad spirits". Then we will visit to Wayku Native Village, main quechua ethnic population (Kechwa Wuayku Minor), native community whose value is based on the only Quechua ethnic descendant of the Chancas in the Peruvian Amazon. This community preserves intact their customs, their language (Quechua) and clothing.

At an appropiate time, we will take yout to the airport or bus terminal.

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 Casma with breakfast included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Huaraz with breakfast included.
  • 05 nights accommodation in Trujillo with breakfast included.
  • 04 night accommodation in Chiclayo with breakfast included.
  • 04 nights accommodation in Cajamarca with breakfast included
  • 02 nights accommodation in Leymebamba with breakfast included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Chachapoyas breakfast included.
  • 01 night accommodation in Moyobamba breakfast included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Tarapoto with breakfast included.  
  • Transportation Huaraz ---> Trujillo.
  • Transportation Trujillo ---> Chiclayo.
  • Transportation Chiclayo ---> Cajamarca
  • Transportation Cajamarca ---> Leymebamba
  • Transportation Leymebamba ---> Chachapoyas
  • Transportation Chachapoyas ---> Moyobamba
  • Transportation Moyobamba ---> Tarapoto
  • 24 / 7 hours assistance during your trip

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner.

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