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Treasures of Peru: The archaeological riches of the north

15 days from £3,940pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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For lovers of history and bygone cultures. Includes the Chimú civilisation’s adobe city Chan Chan, Kuelap, hilltop fortress of the Chachapoya people, and the tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Fascinating museums and exquisite mountain scenery.

For the lover of history and bygone cultures, little-visited northern Peru has as least as much to offer as the more celebrated south. This journey is devised for the amateur archaeology enthusiast and incorporates a comprehensive selection of excursions to museums and historical sites, often with spectacular locations in remote landscapes. 

You hit the ground running with visits to Lima’s renowned museums and a full day excursion to Caral. Travel up the coast to colonial Trujillo and explore the vast Chimú desert adobe city of Chan Chan. Head inland to Andean Cajamarca in fertile dairy country. Continue on inland to the northern highlands, embellished with the ruins of elusive civilisations such as the Chachapoya, who constructed the massive hilltop fort at Kuelap. Continue by road to the port of Chiclayo and the tomb of the Lord of Sipán.

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  • Lima: Pachacámac ruins and Archaeological Museum
  • Lima: Larco Museum
  • Lima: Visit to Caral archaeological site
  • Trujillo: City tour and University Archaeological Museum
  • Trujillo: Full day visit to archaeological sites including Chan Chan
  • Cajamarca: Excursion to Cumbe Mayo
  • Leymebamba: visit to the museum and the tombs of Revash
  • Chillo: Tour of Kuelap ruined walled city
  • Chachapoyas: Trek to Gocta Falls
  • Chiclayo: Sipán and Tumbas Reales Museum
  • Chiclayo: Sican Museum, Túcume

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While this holiday's main focus is archaeology, you don't need to be a history buff to appreciate the fascinating sites it visits. We believe it's a fantastic trip for people who have previously visited Peru and want to delve deeper while escaping the crowds. It's truly astonishing how peaceful and quiet these places are, offering you an almost private experience in a country as popular as Peru.

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Hannah Waterhouse Travel Expert Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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