explore the mysterious civilisations and archaeology of the remote regions of northern Peru
An 11 day itinerary exploring the lost civilisations and dramatic landscapes of the Chachapoyas region and coastal plains of Peru. This less trodden area is littered with ancient tombs, temples, fortresses and pyramids, many of which, such as Kuelap fortress, are still being excavated and archaeologists can be seen at work.
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Day 1: Arrive in Lima and spend the night in the bustling capital, home to some of Latin America's finest cuisine and shops.
Trujillo - lost civilisations and adobe cities
Days 2-3: Fly north for two nights in the coastal town of Trujillo, home to superb colonial architecture and fascinating pre-Columbian ruins. Near Trujillo is Chan Chan, built by the ancient Chimu culture and the world's largest adobe city. Also nearby are the step pyramids that comprise the Temples (huacas) of the Sun and Moon of the Moche civilisation.
Cajamarca and Chachapoyas - impressive fortresses and cursed waterfalls
Days 4-9: Head inland to Cajamarca for two nights, visiting the colonial city and nearby pre-Inca aqueduct of Cumbemayo before continuing into the mountain kingdom of Chachapoyas. Spend the night in Leimebamba to visit the Revash tombs built into the canyon walls before continuing on to Chachapoyas for three nights visiting the area’s highlights, including Gocta Falls and the impressive fortress of Kuelap.
Days 10-11: Drive back to the coastal plain for a final two nights in Chiclayo. Visit the nearby Lords of Sipan and Túcume pyramids. Return to Lima for your onward connections.
Visit Huaraz and trek amongst the sparkling peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, visiting the site of Chavin de Huantar and hiking in the Huascarán National Park.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is £1,360 per person.
Standard - £4,310
- Casa Andina Chiclayo (ex Gran Hotel) - a comfortable, modern hotel in the centre of Chiclayo, a short walk from the Parque Principal.
- Costa del Sol Trujillo - on Trujillo's main square, this pretty colonial hotel is ideally placed for exploring the city.
- Gocta Andes Lodge - a simple hotel that offers the best views of Gocta Falls.
Price and validity notes
We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.