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The Treasures of Northern Peru

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Surfing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2645 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4315 US Dollar (USD)

Three highlights of Northern Peru in easy reach of one another: Trujillo can be proud dozens of its colonial and republican mansions, the Temples of the Sun and Moon and, of course, Chan Chan, the world's largest mud-brick citadel. Chiclayo shows off with its beaches, the year round pleasant temperatures and famous Sipán. Cajamarca's pleasant countryside makes you understand why the area was so important for the Incas and the Spaniards alike. It was the last home of the last Inca Emperor Atahualpa.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Upon arrival in Lima, meet your local guide or representative at the airport and transfer to the Hotel Boulevard - centrally located in Miraflores, the modern center of the city, near restaurants, commercial centers, the Indian markets and parks. You will receive a briefing about your travel program.

Day 2: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Trujillo or to the bus station for the 290 miles luxury bus ride, which we recommend for everybody to get a better idea of what Peru is all about. After arrival in Trujillo transfer to the best Hotel in Town, the Best Western Libertador Hotel Trujillo at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square. This afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to the city. Tonight's dinner is included!

Day 3: Trujillo and Chan-Chan. Visit Chan-Chan, the el Brujo complex and the Temples of the Sun, the Moon and the Dragon. The ancient Chimú kingdom (700-1400 AD) founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River in the department of La Libertad and called it Jang-Jang, which in the ancient Mochica language means "sun-sun". Chan Chan, which spans an area of 20 square km, is the largest mud-brick citadel dating back to the pre-Hispanic era. To build it, the Chimú architects used clay, mud, pebbles, wood, reeds, straw and cane, materials which enable the citadel to blend in with the sandy coasts. Tonight opt for a Marinera Dance Show!

Day 4: Cajamarca and the Ventanillas de Otuzco. In Cajamarca visit the mysterious "window" graves of Otuzco. Dug so deep into the mountains that the Spaniards once suspected them to be tunnels connecting to Cuzco, about 1000 miles to the South! Stay in the best hotel in town again: The Laguna Seca Spa and Resort: Laguna Seca is located in a peaceful green and quiet location in the valley of Cajamarca, a place where guests can find the freshness and tranquility of nature. The hotel facilities allow you to enjoy a rejuvenating rest while bathing in thermal waters which flow from its own springs.

Day 5: Relax in the Lagoon Seca before we head back down to the coast, to Chiclayo, again. Check in into your Gran Hotel Chiclayo in the city center and next to the sights.

Day 6: Sipán, Batán Grande, Túcume. You have to see the royal tombs of Sipán! Rediscovered as recently as 1987 and therefore look as if found just yesterday! Later in the day you can also visit Batán Grande and Túcume.

Day 7: Pimentel. Get a taste of the Sea and opt to visit Pimentel a few miles from Chiclayo. This coastal resort offers fine seafood restaurants and a variety of water sports during the summer season. From here can be seen the traditional reed boats still used today for inshore fishing. The boats still use the same design as used during the Mocha period. The front of the boat is made with the curled up point with the fisherman seated on his knees in order to climb the high waves that are found on this coastline. Today the waves produce great opportunity for surfers to show off their skills. Wind surfing is also popular and some spectacular exhibitions of skill can be seen.

Day 8: Head back to Lima to connect to your ongoing tour of Peru or South America!

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2011 Prices:
- 8 days package: $2645 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $485
- Single independent: $4315.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights
- All breakfasts
- All entrance fees.