Discover the pre-Incan kingdoms of Chimu and Moche, including the treasures found in the tomb of the warrior-king known as the Lord of Sipan. This extension is based in the cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo, providing an experience that reveals northern Peru's past and present.
- It's Included:
- Airfare from Cuzco to Trujillo and from Chiclayo to Lima
- Accommodations for 2 nights in Trujillo and 2 nights in Chiclayo
- 11 meals—4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
- 9 small group activities
- All land transportation
- Services of our own resident OAT Trip Leader, who speaks English and the native language
- All transfers
- Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
After concluding our Real Affordable Peru main trip, you'll have the morning at leisure in Cuzco and lunch on your own. Then we take an afternoon flight to Trujillo in northern Peru, where we'll check in to our hotel and have dinner.
Today we tour Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon), where we’ll delve into the history of the Moche, a pre-Incan Peruvian warrior society. We’ll also visit Huanchaco Beach to see surfers and caballitos (fishing boats made of reeds) before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Then we discover Chan Chan, ancient capital of the Chimú Empire that followed the Moche. This 500-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest adobe complex in the world. After our tour, we’ll see Peru’s Los Caballos de Paso Fino (the horses with the fine walk) at an exciting demonstration. We return to our hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast,we depart overland for Chiclayo. We stop along the way at El Brujo (The Wizard), a massive Moche pyramid complex. Here we’ll see the tomb of La Dama de Cao, the mummy of a tattooed woman thought to be a Moche priestess, whose discovery in 2006 is regarded as one of the world’s great archaeological finds. We explore a market in the village of Guadalupe, then arrive in Chiclayo in the early afternoon and enjoy a late lunch at our hotel. Afterwards, your afternoon and evening are at leisure and dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, we travel to Túcume, the capital of the pre-Incan Lambayeque Kingdom. Here 26 large adobe pyramids designed for a variety of ritual and other functions still stand—dramatic evidence of a sophisticated society that inhabited Peru long before the Incas. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then tour a museum featuring the treasures of Lord Sipán, a high-ranking Moche leader whose tomb has been compared to King Tut’s. Afterwards, we tour the Market of Wizards, where we’ll learn about the culture of Peru’s curanderos (healers). Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
After an early breakfast this morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima, where we check into our hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, we embark upon a panoramic tour of Lima’s Barranco district. Home to many of Lima’s artists, musicians, and designers, Barranco is considered to be both the most romantic and the most bohemian district in Lima. We’ll take in its charming Colonial architecture and flower-lined streets, and enjoy striking views of its district’s unique topography, built around ravines and cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We’ll return to our hotel this afternoon to rest. Later, we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. Please note: Today’s lunch and sightseeing activities in Lima are credited from Day 11 of the main trip.