NORTH CULTURAL PERU
1st Day: LIMA.
Flight to Lima. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight
2nd Day: LIMA – CARAL – LAS ALDAS (CASMA)
Breakfast. In the morning we will carry you toward Las Aldas. On the way, we will be visiting an Ruins Caral and Las Aldas. Arrival to Las Aldas. Hotel accommodation. Free afternoon. Guide private. The ancient city of Caral located in the north of Lima, Supe Valley, is considered as the oldest city in the western Hemisphere. Radiocarbon dates show that monumental architecture there was under construction as early as 2627 BC and until about 2000 BC, in other words 4700 years old, contemporary with pyramids in Egypt and the ziggurats of Mesopotamia, Arrive to Beach Gramita (Las Aldas) was occupied for 5000 years BC to the time Chimu, that is, pre-Chavín center and the most interesting of American Archaeology.
3rd Day: LAS ALDAS – CHANQUILLO – SECHIN – HUARAZ.
Breakfast. In the morning early in the morning, we will be leaving to Ruins Chanquillo and visit to Sechin, The archaeological site of Sechin is located in the department of Ancash province of Casma at 5 kilometers from the town of that name, 90 meters above sea level. This is just a little over 10 km away. Chankillo is a large ceremonial center of several square kilometers. The site of 2,300-year-old refers to a sophisticated culture that used the dramatic alignment of the sun and structures for political and ceremonial purposes. It has a well-fortified structure atop the hill, thick walls and parapets. But nobody understood the presence of a row of towers over 300 meters, placed on a nearby hill like spines on the back of a dragon. The construction reveals that knowledge of astronomy existed in the region since before the Inca Empire. Thousands of people could have gathered to watch impressive solar events. We visit the Temple of Sechin (1500 BC), older than Chavin de Huantar. The city was largely buried by a landslide and is slowly being excavated. The site features bold, sandstone carvings of warriors disemboweling their captives, human bodies in various positions. Some of these figures more than 3.5 m high (11.48 ft) are gruesomely realistic, revealing a strong society struggling against the domination of the Chimu culture. Arrive to Huaraz.
4th Day: HUARAZ – CHAVIN.
We’ll drive 3 hours south of Huaraz, visiting Querococha Lake 3980m, then you can see the profile of a map of Peru, until the tunnel Cahuish 4,500m, through the tunnel will enter the region Conchucos, and begin our descent through Tambillo, the Mirador del Mosna, Shirapata, Machac, Querco Thermal Baths Chavín medicinal and finally visit the archaeological site. Chavin is located between the rivers Wacheqsca and Mosna, at an altitude of 3210 m. You will visit the archaeological site including the Plaza Square, the Gate of the Falcons, the Plaza Circular, Lanzón Gallery, Gallery of Labyrinth and the Gallery of the double mensula. After sightseeing we return back to Huaraz on the same road. Hotel.
5th Day: HUARAZ – CALLEJON DE HUAYLAS – CAÑON DEL PATO – TRUJILLO.
Early morning starts Breakfast, to continue the journey to Yungay, Caraz and down the “Canyon del Pato” where it joins the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanca, and then continues our journey to Trujillo on the left the river Santa, holy to the port of Chimbote. Approximate travel time 7 hours. Arrive late in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.
6th Day: TRUJILLO: CITY TOUR
Breakfast. In the morning city tour of Trujillo visit the main square, Palace Iturregui which now houses the Club Central was considered the most luxurious colonial mansions of the city, la Casa Risco (now houses the Museum of Archaeology) are very good samples of XVII century mansions with iron balconies, this museum exhibit the history of the region. Continue our tour in the Temple of the Sun and the Moon, big edification made of adobe that were built by the Moche culture.Then we will continue to visit the Chan Chan, ancient capital of the Chimu culture and the biggest city made of adobe in Pre-Hispanic America; lunch included in Huanchaco restaurant, and see the famous “horses of reed”.
7th Day: TRUJILLO – CHICLAYO
Transfer to Chiclayo, Breakfast, and departure to the city of Chiclayo transit visit the “BRUJO”. Located 45 kilometers north of Trujillo, District Magdalena de Cao, El Brujo, would be occupied continuously for almost five thousand years, from the Pre ceramic period (2,500 BC) to the colonial period (XVI century). However, experienced its period of splendor during the Moche period (0-700 AD) to become the religious center of the Chicama Valley region. Then continue our journey to the city of Chiclayo. Arrival, reception and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, Huaca Rajada (Sipan), here we have the opportunity to visit the museum. The Moche culture was a Pre civilization – Incas that populated most advanced long coastal strip of northern Peru in the years 100 and 600 AD.
8th Day: CHICLAYO – SIPAN – CHICLAYO.
Breakfast, Visit to:-The Pyramids of Túcume (Lord of Sipan) an ancient archeological complex of the Moche Culture (centuries I & VII) where the Lord of Sipan’s tomb is been showed; then we continue with the visit the world famous museum ‘Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan’, whose architecture was inspired by a Moche pyramid at Huaca Rajada. The museum displays his treasures and all the archaeological material found in Sipan. Accommodation
9th Day: CHICLAYO – CHACHAPOYAS.
Breakfast, transfer from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. In the route we will cross the Andes by the lowest pass in Peru, Porculla (2145). The landscape of the desert changes for the greenery of the forest, before arriving to Bagua Grande we cross the Marañon River, and then we find the Utcubamba River. Diner Chachapoyas. Hotel.
10th Day: CHACHAPOYAS – LEVANTO – SARCOPHAGUS OF KARAJÍA – CAVERNS OF QUIOCTA – TINCO
Transfer in our vehicle to the province of Luya-Lamud, continuing with our journey visiting the towns of Cohechan and Cruz Pata, from this point we walk for about 20 minutes until the funeral place of the Sarcophaguses of Karajia these belong to the Chachapoyas culture, this funeral style is considered unique on the world. Lunch included in a local restaurant in Lamud. – In the afternoon we visit the caverns of Quiocta with 550 meters of deep, here it is possible to see the stalagmites and stalactites. After that we headed to the town of Tinco. Hotel Chillo.
11th Day: TINCO – CHOCTAMAL – KUELAP – TINCO.
Departure to the citadel of Kuelap, Capital of the Chachapoyas Kingdom. After to cross the town of Nuevo Tingo will be able to observe at the distance, Kuelap in the highest summit located 3.000 m.a.s.l. The tour in the interior is fascinating, we will walk on dry grasses, finding to each step vestiges of stone constructions. They are about four hundred circular houses, some of them with enigmatic reliefs. B/L/D Hotel Chillo
12th Day: TINCO – REVASH – LEIMEBAMBA
Hike from the village of San Pedro to the ruins of Cerro Olan. Departure to Revash, mausoleums located in the high of a mountain. From the distance they seem houses in red and yellow, but in the time of the Chachapoyas they were used as funeral places. Continue to the picturesque village of Laymebamba. Visit its museum which contains more than 200 mummies found at the Laguna of the Condors in 1997. Overnight at La Casona de Leimebamba
13th Day: LEIMEBAMBA – MARAÑON CANYON – CAJAMARCA
We cross a high pass at 3,500m and begin a long traverse to a lower pass, where we look down on the distant Marañon River. Soon we reach Balsas, a village at the bridge over the Marañon. We cross the mighty river into the Department of Cajamarca Stop for lung at city of Celendín and continue on to Cajamarca. Accommodation Hotel
14th Day: CAJAMARCA.
Explore the colonial city, nearby thermal springs and pre-Inca aqueducts at Cumbe Mayo, Accommodation.l
15th Day: CAJAMARCA – TRUJILLO
Climb the Andes, in the route visit a the ruins Kuntur Wasi: (administrative and ceremonial center) are located in the province of San Pablo, on the hill called “LA COLPA” hill of 2110 m on the summit of the hill is a temple, raised on three overlapping platforms, built with irregular stones. A Kuntur are associated monoliths, one of anthropomorphic contours and other like “wake” or decorated tombstone. Stop for picnic lunch at a scenic spot overlooking the great lake behind the Gallito Ciego dam. Proceed to Trujillo accommodation
16th Day: TRUJILLO – LIMA
Transport from the hotel to the airport or bus station. Return to Lima. Arrival and transport to the hotel.
17th Day: LIMA OUT.
Transport to the airport. Return flight.