Featuring the remains of Moche, Chimu and Chachapoyan civilisations, this region is probably the richest archaeological area in all of the Americas. See vast citadels, mysterious temples and the fine craftsmanship of these ancient people. This independent suggested tour was created by our specialist team to inspire you. With Contours Travel you have the flexibility to alter this itinerary to suit your timeframe and budget. Add or change any location, excursion or accommodation.
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Arrive Chiclayo: afternoon tour Huaca Rajada (the ‘Cracked Pyramid) and the Royal Tombs of Sipan.
Drive to Chachapoyas, ascending towards the lowest pass of the Peruvian Andes and cross into the Upper Amazon Basin. Follow the Utcubamba River to Chachapoyas and overnight in the beautiful Gocta Lodge, with views of the falls.
Hike through the forest with your guide to discover one of the world’s highest single drop waterfalls, the magnificent Gocta Falls. Spend some time enjoying the refreshing mist of the falls and keep your eyes peeled for hummingbirds, toucanets, or maybe even a troupe of capuchin or woolly monkeys.
Full-day tour Kuelap Fortress, stronghold of the Chachapoya.
Drive through Utcubamba Valley; make a stop where we mount horses and take the trail to Revash. From here you see the ancient Chachapoya tombs adorned with red-on-white figures and geometrical symbols. After returning to our vehicle we continue to Leimabamba and visit the local museum.
Depart Leimabamba, climbing once again to the high altitude puna, and crossing a pass at 3,500m. From here we descend to the Marañon River, a spectacular trip highlighting Peru’s diversity. Stop in Celendin
for lunch and continue to Cajamarca. Enjoy a dip in thermal hot springs tonight.
Morning tour of the city and visit to Colina Santa Apolonia Hill for great city views. After lunch we visit the rock formation of Otuzco. Afternoon at leisure.
A dramatic descent from Cajamarca (2,700m) down to the coastal city of Trujillo, with a stop for picnic lunch en route. On arrival in Trujillo enjoy a short tour of the city and stay overnight.
Half-day tour of Huacas Sol and Luna, followed by lunch in Huanchaco. An afternoon tour of Chan Chan, and then transfer to Trujillo Airport for your flight.
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