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Highlights of Peru's Pre-Inca North
16 days from £4,995pp
Explore the ever evolving archaeology of the pre-Incan tombs at Chan Chan and Sipan.
Venture off the beaten track into the heartland of the Chachapoyas, or cloud people, and rediscover their lost world.
Trek to Gocta falls, one of the world's highest.
Learn about Peru's mix of colonial and indigenous history and architecture in cities such as Trujillo and Chiclayo.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Lima
International outbound flight , Lima
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Lima. On arrival in Lima you will be met by your private guide and driven to your hotel for the evening.
Day 2 Lima
A chance to recover from the flight and explore the capital today as you head to explore some of the main sites including the Huaca Pucllana ruins, the Plaza de Armas, and the cathedral.
Day 3 Trujillo
Day 4 Trujillo
Day 5 Chiclayo
On your private transfer today you will pass through the arid coastal landscapes of northern Peru as you head for Chiclayo. En route you will visit the Moche archaeological site of El Brujo, with its impressively colourful geometric murals.
Day 6 Chiclayo
Set off this morning for a tour of Chiclayo which includes a brief stop at the bustling market before heading to the Tucume pyramids. Bring a wide-brimmed hat and good sunscreen as there is no shade here. Keep your eyes peeled for the tiny burrowing owls which nest in the sandy soil, as well as fleeting glimpses of the brilliant vermillion flycatcher. After lunch you will continue on to the town of Lambayque where you'll visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, which is home to some of Peru's most spectacular treasures.
Day 7 Cajamarca
This morning you will embark on a lengthy but comfortable drive to Cajamarca on a private transfer. You will pass through dry scrubland and make a quick stop at the small Kuntur Wasi museum. Upon arrival in Cajamarca you will be dropped off at your hotel and have the evening to relax.
Day 8 Cajamarca
Day 9 Leymebamba
Cajamarca , Leymebamba
Today you will have another long but spectacular journey through northern Peru. Expect a full day in the car on single track paved roads, winding up and down the mountains. Toilet facililties are limited and extremely basic. Your hotel is a simple lodge with delicious home-cooked food and hummingbirds buzzing around the feeders.
Day 10 Leymebamba
Today begins with a visit to the Leymebamba Museum to view the collection of over 200 Chachapoya mummies and remarkably well-preserved textiles. After a 90 minute drive through the countryside you will arrive at the village of Santo Tomas where you will begin your short walk to the viewing platform for the Revash ruins, built high into the cliffs above.
Day 11 Chachapoyas
Leymebamba , Chachapoyas
This morning you'll be met at your hotel for your private transfer to Chachapoyas. On the way you will take a spectacular 20 minute cable car ride, followed by a 1km walk up to the ruins of Kuelap. Here you will learn about these baffling ruins and enjoy the spectacular views as the clouds scud across the mountain tops.
Day 12 Cocachimba
Day 13 Cocachimba
Walk though the magnificent cloud forest scenery on your private trek to Gocta falls, one of the highest in the world. There are quite a few steps and it can be muddy, so please wear suitable footwear. Look out for birds and butterflies along the way.
Day 14 Cocachimba
Absolutely nothing planned today, so you can sit back and relax in this incredibly beautiful setting. There is not a huge amount to do so you can bathe in the pool, read a book and enjoy the breather after your busy trip.
Day 15 International return flight
Cocachimba , Jaen , Lima , International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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