Moche & Chaparri 6 days 5 nights

Moche & Chaparri: Trujillo Chaparri & Chiclayo 6 days

Day 01: Trujillo In - Trujillo Walking City Tour - Peruvian Paso Horse

trujillo peru

Upon our arrival at the city of Trujillo, we check in at the hotel. Welcome to the colonial city of Trujillo, and start the 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 Plazuela El Recreo and colonial water system. We end the city tour visiting the Archaeological Museum of the National University.

In the afternoon, we will attend and Peruvian Paso Exhibition. The Peruvian Paso is a legacy of the Spanish conquest, which due to isolation for 400 years, is a very special race considered the best saddle horse in the world. We will see the elegant chalanes (traditional Paso horse riders) who usually wear a vicuna poncho, white straw hat and white neckerchief. Under control of their riders, the horses dance the northern "marinera" (traditional northern coastal peruvian dance), providing a wonderful show. During the tour, we will know the colonial history of the horse and training. Also enjoy dancing couples of northern marinera. Reasonable time for taking photos and for those wishing to try the softness of the horse gait.

Overnight in Trujillo.   

Day 02: Temple of the Dragon - Chan Chan - Huanchaco - Temples of the Sun & the Moon

chan chan peru trujillo

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 Archaological Complex - Chaparri Reserve In

fox at chaparri reserve

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 travelling to 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 beauty 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 04: Chaparri - Huaca Rajada - 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 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 05: Sican Museum - Tucume Pyramids - Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

sipan lord lambayeque

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 explore the Valley ofthe 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). We will have time to visit the Museum of Tucume

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

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)
  • 02 nights accommodation in Trujillo with breakfast included.
  • 01 night accommodation in Chaparri Reserve with 01 dinner, 01 breakfast and 01 lunch included.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Chiclayo with breakfast included.  
  • Transportation Trujillo --> Chiclayo.
  • 24 hours assistance during the trip.

What is not included?

  • Bus or flight ticket to Trujillo or from Chiclayo to your next destination.
  • Lunch and dinner.