Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Chiclayo : Sipan, Tucume and Tumbas Reales Museum (-/L/-)
Very early in the morning, arrival in Chiclayo, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Casa Andina Select Chiclayo.
Full day excursion in Chiclayo. Visit Sipan Archaeological Complex, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the in the last few years. Because of its importance have been compared with Tomb of Tutankamon of Egypt. Between 1987 y 1988 Dr. Walter Alva was the director of the excavations and study of the archaeological site where the remains of an important personage “ The Lord of Sipan“ of the high society Moche was found.
Continue with Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. This important museum is located in Lambayeque at 11 Kilometers at the north side of Chiclayo. The tomb found in 1987 was the richest ever found in the western hemisphere and by 1990 was the richest series of tombs found anywhere in the world for a century. The new purpose –built 3 storey pyramid – like Museum is also an attraction in its own right. This museum conserve all the archaeological material found in Sipan.
The exhibition also shows a reconstruction of the Lord of Sipan tomb with his values jewels of gold , silver , copper and some additional tombs of warriors .
This museum is the result of years of effort of an archaeologist’s team leaded by Walter Alva.
Lunch included on a typical restaurant in town.
Finally, visit Tucume Pyramids. This important archaeological site is formed by 26 pre-Inca pyramids and is located at 33 kilometers at the north side of Chiclayo. This place was the kingdom of Naylamp, god of the Chimus. There is a site museum with pieces founded in the archaeological site.
Visitors walking amongst the pyramids can find pottery fragments.
Day 2: Chiclayo / Kuelap (B/BL/D)
Departure by private transportation from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas following the Pan-American Highway, taking then the Trans-Andean route.The trip goes through one of the driest deserts of the planet, then climbs the Andes, descends to the Marañón River and finally ascends via the great Utcumbamba canyon. Box lunch included.
CASA ANDINA CLASSIC CHACHAPOYAS
This boutique hotel inhabits a colonial-style hacienda, in a lovely rural setting just beyond the city of Chachapoyas, and is the perfect gateway to the largely undiscovered but richly rewarding region of Amazonas. The elegantly rustic two-story structure features a red-tile roof and wooden balconies opening onto a colonial courtyard with gardens and a centerpiece fountain. The majority of the 21 rooms are in the antique hacienda, with an additional 8 in the “Casa Nueva,” a new modern annex. The hacienda sits on an estate with a grove of chirimoyas (tropical fruit trees) and on the banks of the River Utcubamba. The hotel has been completely updated, and there is an inviting outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, free high-speed Wi-Fi in the hacienda public rooms, as well as an auditorium suitable for group or corporate retreats. For visitors to Peru who may have assumed that travel to the Kuélap ruins and Amazonas region might be too devoid of creature comforts and a destination only for hardcore backpackers, Casa Andina Classic - Chachapoyas is the answer
Day 3: Chachapoyas - Cliff tombs of Karajía (B/BL/D)
The sanctuary is located 48km north-east of the city of Chachapoyas after 2 hours by car and a short 20 minutes hike. The sarcophaguses of Karajia are 2 meters high, being empty inside and outside they are made of a mixing of clay, straw and pebble, and lay over a structure made of wood.
A chamber with the shape of a pear protected the mummy which was sitting down, and wrapped in deer skin. One of the figures has been destroyed by falling rocks, and one damaged. The others are intact. The heads have angular, stylized faces, made of clay, while the bodies of the figures were made on site of wattle and clay, which was then covered in brightly painted designs. On top of the heads sit skulls, but whose skulls they were, we cannot even guess at, because these figures have been left undisturbed, not studied by archaeologists, and thankfully not destroyed by looters. How the ancient Chachapoyans reached this place to create this burial site for their elites is still a mystery.
You will enjoy a box lunch and later we will visit the Quiocta Caverns, another tourist nature attraction which is located in Lamud district, province of Luya, among the typical vegetation, at 20 minutes distance are the amazing calcareous needles with different shapes and sizes known as stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Chachapoyas.
Day 4: Chachapoyas – Kuelap: The Cloud People´s Ancient City (B/L/D)
It is a majestic Chachapoya architectural work located in the upper part of the Utcubamba River Vally, nearby the hamlet of Kuelap. The fortress of Kuelap was buit and inhabited by the Chachapoyas between 1000 and 1400 aD.
Called The Fortess and buit on top a hight mountain, its Perus mountainous jungle´s most important archaeological complex which presents itself to visitors, like an unconquerable place, surrounded by cliffs and precipes, on three of its four sides.
The walls and hundreds of circular houses are covered by the cloud forest, being at 3000 meters above sea level, always surprise the visitors that see it for the first time. We will explore lots of ceremonial constructions and aqueducts.
Although Kuélap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not recognized worldwide.
However, recent discoveries nearby areas that are related with Kuélap and with its history, had captured the attention of archaeologists, of international magazines and film companies. Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Chachapoyas.
Day 5: Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B/BL/-)
After an early breakfast we return to Chiclayo by road. We will make a pleasant stop at a suitable spot along the way to eat our box lunch. We arrive in Chiclayo in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
Day 6: Chiclayo / Trujillo (B/-/-)
This drive to the South along the Panamerican Highway takes 3.5 hours and travels through deserts and irrigated valleys. On route, visit "Huaca Cao Viejo", an archaeological site dating back to the Moche culture (100 BC-650 AD). It is a badly damaged, stepped pyramid with a central court that was probably used primarily for religious ceremonies.
This pyramid is undoubtedly the most impressive Moche site in the Chicama Valley and is nowadays more often referred to as "EL BRUJO" ("The Sorcerer").
The oldest figures appear to be intricate geometric patterns with snake-like characteristics painted in red and yellow, which can be seen on the left-hand side of the third level of the frontal (northeast) facade.
RECENT NEWS FROM EL BRUJO
Mummy of Tattooed Woman Discovered in El Brujo
A well-preserved tattooed mummy of a young woman has been discovered deep inside a mud-brick pyramid in El Brujo by archaeologists under the direction of scientist Regulo Franco.
The 1,500-year-old mummy may shed new light on the mysterious Moche culture. The incredible mix of ornamental and military artifacts has experts speculating about this woman’s identity and her role in the Moche society.
For more information you can read the full article at national geographic:
Arrival to Trujillo and visit the Sun and the Moon pyramids. Built of millions of adobe bricks, they are the largest pre-Columbian structures in South America. Interesting coloured freezes have been discovered and can be seen at the Moon Pyramid.
Large-scale human sacrifice at Huaca de la Luna became evident when archaeologists uncovered the remains of at least 34 sacrificed adult male individuals in the soft clay of the southeastern court at
the foot of the mountain. They had been bound and, judging by the type of wounds that had been inflicted, were probably captured in battle. The sacrifice represents a single ritual event linked by archaeologist Steve Bourget to a season of torrential rains caused by an extreme case of the maritime El Niño phenomenon, which strikes the coast of South America at irregular intervals and which may have caused the final abandonment of this site.
Transfer to the Airport to board your flight to your next destination and assistance with your luggage, airport tax payment and airline check-in procedures.
- Day 1: Chiclayo: Sipan, Tucume and Royal Tombs Museum (-/L/-)
- Day 2: Chiclayo / Kuelap (B/BL/D)
- Day 3: Chachapoyas - Cliff tombs of Karajía (B/BL/D)
- Day 4: Chachapoyas - Kuelap: The Cloud People´s Ancient City (B/L/D)
- Day 5: Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B/BL/-)
- Day 6: Chiclayo / Trujillo: Visit to "El Brujo"/ Departure (B/-/-)
Highlights of the Itinerary
- Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. Built to house the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the most important ruler of ancient Peru.
- El Brujo Complex. An overwhelming archeological compound with many simple wattle-and daub structure still buried beneath the sands.
- Tucume Valley. A pre Inca major regional center encompassing 26 important pyramids and platforms.
- Huaca del Sol y la Luna. Composed of superposed temples, where astonishing murals depicting the rituals of the Moches can be appreciated.
- Kuelap, an ancient stone fortress strategically built by the Chachapoyas or Cloud People on a mountaintop.
- Transportation airport / Hotel / airport
- 05 nights’ accommodation in a double room.
- Private services with local English-speaking guides.
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B/L/D)
- Permanent assistance by our offices in each city.
- International and domestic air tickets.
- Meals or any other item not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Tips to guides and hotel staff.
- Local Peruvian Taxes (18% tax is applicable only to Peruvian and foreigners living in Peru, to pay no need to show passport.