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Following culture of Moche, 3 days
|| from $ 1.990 AUD|
||no flights included, see the note below |
|| Chiclayo, Trujillo – North Peru|
We explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites and diverse cultures of the north coast. With one night in Chiclayo and one in Trujillo, this itinerary includes visits to Túcume, the Sipán archaeological site, and the Museum of the Royal Tombs. Near Trujillo we visit Chan Chan, the sprawling 500-acre complex of adobe palaces built by the pre-Inca Chimú culture, and also the majestic Moche Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
Day 1 – Arrival to Chiclayo: the "Cracked Pyramid", Túcume, and the Royal Tombs of Sipán (L)
We take an early morning flight from Peru's capital to the northern city of Chiclayo, and after some rest time we set off for the mud-brick pyramid that made world headlines in 1987 with one of the most sensational finds of recent archaeology, known as the Huaca Rajada - the "Cracked Pyramid". We will see the tombs with superb reconstructions of the burials of priests and chieftains, together with their sacrificed guards and companions. We return to Chiclayo for a delicious lunch of Peru's northern-style cuisine, and then continue on to Lambayeque, where we visit the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. This modern building, representing the style of a Moche pyramid, was built to house the stunning and priceless objects unearthed at Sipán. After these sensational experiences we drive to an oasis of calm at Tucumé, today's final destination. Here we see the chronological sequence that followed the fall of the Moche, at a site where their descendants, the Sicán culture, continued to amass millions of adobe bricks for the building of mighty pyramids -- including the longest of its kind in the world, at more than 700m/2,300ft - but were then influenced by highland tribes, and began to abandon their old ways. The history of this scenic site leads us all the way to the Incas, who conquered the region not long before they, in turn, were conquered by the Spanish. We can climb to a viewing platform with superb views of the surrounding pyramids and the dry woodland habitat of the Leche valley. We return to Chiclayo for an overnight stay.
Day 2 – Chiclayo to Trujillo (B, L)
In the morning, we'll travel to Trujillo. This half-day journey south down the Pan-American highway offers a shifting panorama of scenes from coastal Peru, alternating irrigated river valleys such as the Jequetepeque and Chicama, with stretches of arid dune and rocky desert. We make a stop at an hacienda in Paiján to enjoy a delicious lunch, along with a colorful display of the skilled horsemanship of local Peruvian paso horses and their riders, who combine their art with the dance and music of the northern marinera. This is an optional activity (cost not included), which we highly recommend.
Day 3 – Trujillo to Lima: beach resort of Huanchaco, Chan Chan (B, L)
In the morning we tour the historic center of Trujillo, a city whose heart still pulses with colonial splendor. We visit the immense main square and the spacious mansions built by Spanish and Creole gentry during the 17th and 18th centuries. Then we make our way through Trujillo towards the coast, arriving at the great Chimú center of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city ever built. We continue on to the nearby beach resort of Huanchaco, where we have a chance to try the superb seafood of Trujillo at a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here fishermen still paddle out to sea, kneeling on caballitos de totora - little one-man reed rafts which have been used for millennia to collect the abundant bounty of the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon we drive to the airport in time for your flight to Lima (not included).
All services, transfers and excursions detailed on the program; Local English speaking guide during tours; 2 Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel; Meals detailed on the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Entrance fees; Taxes, English assistance service
Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)
Airfare; Airport tax; Meals and services not detailed on the program; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Optional excursions.
Single supplement – contact us for details
4* hotel upgrade - contact us for details
Return flight ticket from Lima $340 (Lima-Chiclayo, Trujilo-Lima)
Return bus ticket from Lima $115 (Lima-Chiclayo, Trujilo-Lima)
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