North Peru Coast 11 days 10 nights

Caral, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Mancora & Tumbes 11 days 10 nights

Day 01: Lima - Caral

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

Night bus Lima Trujillo.

Day 02: Trujillo Colonial City Tour - Temple of the Dragon - Chan Chan - Huanchaco - Temples of the Sun & the Moon

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Upon arrival. We pick you up and take you to the hotel. 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 03: El Brujo Archaeological Complex - Chiclayo In

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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. 

Bus Trujillo Chiclayo.

Overnight in Chiclayo.

Day 04: Huaca Rajada - Bruning Museum - Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

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Today we visit 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.

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

balsas tucume

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 06: Chiclayo - Vicus Museum & the Venus of Frias (Piura) - Mancora

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We travel from Chiclayo to Mancora. On route, we stop in Piura, where we visit the Vicus Museum. This local museum, highlights The "Olleros" room, which exhibits the grave goods found in Olleros Valley (Ayabaca), that belonged to the Lord of Olleros, also a visit to The Chamber Tomb 11, showing metal objects of the first archaeological studies on Vicus Necropolis (Chulucanas), and The Vicus Room, which discloses the features of the most representative culture of the region, The Frias Room, which exhibits a collection of gold objects like the Venus of Frias, sculpture of 15,4 cm height and 60 grams weight, made of gold and platinum, this enignmatic figure was found in the Frías Valley and shows clear Vicús and Moche, and ecuadorian and colombian cultures influence. The "Room of Gold" displays a great artifacts made of gold from the Vicus culture.

We continue travelling to Mancora, after arrival, time to relax and enjoy the nice warm weather. This area has warm weather all year round, and the water of the sea is always nice. You can enjoy the beach or just chill out a little at the hotel. 

Overnight in Mancora.  

Day 07: Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary - Puerto Pizarro - Crocodriles Center - Island of the Birds 

tumbes flamingos

We travel north to Tumbes, to Puerto 25, from here we will navigate through the various channels formed between the mangroves: Zarumilla, Gallegos, Algarrobo and Paracas, where we find four mangrove species: red mangrove, the black mangrove , white mangrove and the button mangrove and 40 other botanical varieties. These mangroves are home to a great diversity of fauna: 30 species of birds, 14 mammals, 33 shells, 24 shells, and hundreds of species of fish. We also find a variety of birds and mammals threatened situation like the crab eating racoon, neotropical otter, amphibians and reptiles. The sanctuary is considered the most productive eco system in the world. Finally, from the Interpretive Bridge Center, we observe the natural ecosystem. 

After our visit, we continue to Puerto Pizarro, Forest ecosystem of mangrove swamps and waterways that are part of the delta of the Tumbes river and its islands created by the accumulation of sediment and silt, which are part of the mangrove ecosystem that extends geographically from the Gulf of Guayaquil to Playa Hermosa. In addition due to the mangrove area has a variety of shells and crabs. Among the island, we will visit the Island of the Birds, which is so named because it is home to various species of birds. In this sector we find predominantly the red mangrove; which it is used by the endemic birds as a place of residence. See the birds in their natural home is an unforgettable experience. Also, the place is used as a refuge for migratory birds among like cormorants, pelicans, frigate birds, flamingos and gulls. Additional show is watching the ducks, white and gray herons, hover over the island. In the Island of Love, you can taste the most delicious cuisine of Tumbes. Also we visit the Crocodile Island, a Crocodrile Refugee Center of Fondepes, which beongs to the National Ministry of Fisheries, which function is experimental breeding of Crocodylus acutus, reintroduction and repopulation in the Tumbes River Basin and other basins. Since 2002 the reproduction of the species has been successful.

Overnight in Mancora.

Day 08: Amotape Hills National Park (Hualtaco Area)

hualtaco tumbes

Departure to Amotape National Park, in the upper area of tropical rainforest. We will hike to the Hualtaco Viewpoint from here, we appreciate the beauty of the forest. The park is a protected natural area,  with very varied terrain, and hills of the chain of Amotape. This area of forest is a rainforest, where the dominant flora is the hualtaco, charan, sapote, pasallo, guayacán, chaparral and ceiba trees, and a very dense vegetation. The wildlife is varied. Among the main species: jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, squirrels, monkeys, peccaries, etc. Among the birds: the red-headed parrot, the condor, king vulture, partridge, heron, hummingbords, etc. between reptiles: American crocodile, macanche, iguanas and others. We will explore the area to spot flora and fauna, after the walk, we go back to Mancora.

Overnight in Mancora. 

Day 09: Whalewatching (from August to October) - Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

ballenas peru norte

Only in the months of August, September and October is possible whalewatching humpback whales. We will board the boat from the offshore to start the watching of marine life. We observe the fascinating and diverse marine fauna including the bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, sea lions, sea turtles, birds like the blue-footed booby and frigate birds that inhabit the area of convergence of the cold Humboldt ecosystem and the warm equatorial ecosystem. Since the end of July and during the months of August, September and October, you can see humpback whales (Megaptera Novanglidae), which during these months come to reproduce. You will get amazed by these great creatures. They usually swim quietly, alone or in groups with their calves. Sometimes they jump out of the water. It is an unforgettable experience.

After our early sea expedition, we travel to El Ñuro, located in Los Organos. This little fishermen village is a great place to spot green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). Besides among the fauna stand the butterflyfish, angelfish, seahorses, eels and crabs and of course the Pacific green turtles, where they live. We wil snorkel close to them but although they approach us, we should not touch them, because we must respect the sea fauna. The turquoise and pristine water, allow us to see clearly the turtles.

Overnight in Mancora. 

Day 10: Mancora

mancora vichayito pocitas

Free Day to relax and enjoy the warm weather, the beach, swimming pool and hotel ammenities. You can go kayaking, or horseriding, drive atvs at the beach, or take a fast banana boat, etc

Overnight in Mancora

Day 11: Mancora Out

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 Trujillo with breakfast included.
  • 04 night accommodation in Chiclayo with breakfast included.
  • 05 nights accommodation in Cajamarca with breakfast included
  • Transportation Lima ---> Trujillo.
  • Transportation Trujillo ---> Chiclayo.
  • Transportation Chiclayo ---> Mancora
  • 24 / 7 hours assistance during your trip

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner.

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