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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 20 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Walking Tours  
Season: August - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2100 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2100 US Dollar (USD)

Peru is known as the "Egypt of the Americas" with this tour you will visit fascinating, little known ruins of powerful pre - Incan cultures. For the serious traveler, this is a tour not to be missed.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer Hotel / Bus Station in Lima (8 hours journey). Arrival to Huaraz, the regional capital of the province of Ancash, 400 km north from Lima. Reception and transfer to hotel selected.

Day 2: Morning excursion to Callejón de Huaylas, in the Santa River Valley, located between the “White and Black Mountain”. Regarded as a unique spot with its mild climate, ancient culture and amazing natural attractions. Many typical villages such as Recuay, Carhuaz Huaraz, Yungay and Caraz. Lunch. Afternoon excursion to Llanganuco Lagoon, which touches the great snow line of the Huascarán, fabulous landscape with blue water, flora and fauna. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 3: Morning excursion to the archaeological Complex of Chavín, located near the Village of Chavín de Huantar. Three thousand years ago, Chavín was one of the main South American cultural religious centres. One of the most inspiring traces of this stone architecture is the Labyrinthine Castle, with enigmatic forms in carved stone such as “the Cabezas Clavas, sculptured with fierce faces, the “Lanzón de Chavín-exceptional monolithic”, “Las Estelas” with anthropozoomorphe figures, “La Portada de las Falcónidas” and the underground galleries. (Breakfast –Lunch).

Day 4: Free Day + Day Use of Hotel and in the evening Transfer to take the Regular night bus to Trujillo at 8am. Arrival next morning approx 6am

Day 5: Arrival to Trujillo, transfer to hotel. City tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, which was built in 1616 and destroyed by the earthquakes of 1619 and 1635. The temple has three naves and an exquisitely engraved lower choir. Visit Huanchaco beach, an ancient Chimu port with its colonial church located at the highest point of the port and famous for its “Caballitos de Totora”, straw boats still used by local fishermen. Visit Chan Chan, located 4 Km to the north of Trujillo, it lodged 50,000 people. It is an ancient complete city with streets, houses, water tanks, pyramids and temples, a great urban center. It was declared as a Cultural Patrimony (UNESCO).

Finally, you will visit Huaca Dragon, a temple dedicated to the Rainbow, located 5 km from Trujillo. It is considered as a ceremonial place by researches and related to the fertility. Its decorations show dancing warriors and the figure of a dragon.

Day 6: Trujillo – Chiclayo. Morning visit to the “Huaca del Sol y la Luna” and its treasure. The Huaca del Sol, a pyramid 20m high, according to the tradition it was built in only 3 days using 250 000 people and 70 million blocks of adobes. The Huaca de la Luna, located in front of the Huaca del Sol, is smaller. In some of its adobe walls still exist paintings where appears the Ai-Speak God. Archaeologists have discovered a tomb with more than 40 dead soldiers. Departure to Chiclayo to visit the “Tumbas Reales” Museum, which is a modern building with pyramidal infrastructure.

It looks like a flattened pyramid formed by five prisms that are held together by leaning planes. Each prism bears a replica of the banners found in the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Their colors, red and yellow, are similar to those used by the Moches throughout their decorations. The aim of the museum is to recreate the atmosphere of the temples of that civilization, serving as a museum as well as a mausoleum and resting place for the Lord of Sipán and his companions. It was opened on November 8, 2002 and is one of the most sophisticated museums in the region. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: Chiclayo - Chachapoyas. Transfer by bus to Chachapoyas from Chiclayo. Arrival and transfer to hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner).

Day 8: Chachapoyas. Visit to the colourful funeral buildings of Revash. Box lunch. Continue to Leymebamba to visit an amazing collection of pre-Inca mummies discovered in the “Lagoon of the Condors”. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Chachapoyas. Visit to Karajía and the mysterious Sarcophagus. These baked mud caskets are 2m long, with flat, broad faces and decorated with geometric figures. They are strategically located at the top of a limey rock crest.

Day 10: Kuelap - Chillo. Visit to Kuelap and the burial towers of Macro. Overnight in Chillo. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Chachapoyas - Chiclayo. Return to Chiclayo by road. Late afternoon arrival and transfer to selected hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 12: Chiclayo. Breakfast and transfer to Chiclayo Airport or bus return to Lima. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Dependant on season.

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