Overview & Highlights
Northern Peru: bliss for history and archaeology enthusiasts. Discover the vestiges of fabulously wealthy pre-Inca civilisations. Includes the pre-Inca adobe city at Chan Chan, colonial Cajamarca and the mountain-top temple at Kuelap.
On this adventurous itinerary you will be rewarded by magical landscapes, archaeological treasures, and encounters with welcoming people who will give you an insight into life in the region. The remote highlights of the north of Peru attract fewer visitors than the south, and as such there is a lower level of tourist infrastructure and some long road journeys, but each day offers a fascinating insight into the country’s rich cultural history.
A taste for adventure and discovery is a must; this is a trip through the authentic South America which has remained unchanged for decades.
- Lima: walking tour
- Trujillo: Chan Chan and Huacas del Sol y de la luna
- Cajamarca: walking tour
- Leymebamba: museum
- Leymebamba: tombs of Revash
- Chachapoyas: citadel of Kuelap
- Chachapoyas: sarcophagi at Karajía
- Chachapoyas: Gocta Falls
- Chiclayo: Lord of Sipán and Túcume
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Fly to Lima arriving the same day.
Overnight in the capital.
Fly to Trujillo and explore the city.
Visit the Chimú site of Chan Chan, fishing village of Huanchaco and the Moche pyramids at Huacas del Sol and de la Luna.
Journey to colonial Cajamarca, Explore the town and its fertile landscapes.
Drive to Leymebamba.
Visit the Chachapoyan museum and Revash. Continue to El Chillo.
Journey to the ruins of Kuelap. Continue to Chachapoyas.
Visit the archaeological site of Karajía.
Excursion to the Gocta Falls.
Drive to Chiclayo, on the north Peruvian coast.
Visit the museum of Sipán and the ruins at Túcume.
Fly to Lima. Optional excursions in the capital.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.
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A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
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Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.