Cradle of the great pre-Inca civilizations

  • 18 Days 17 Nights
  • Max People : 14
  • Jan 21’ - Dec 21'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Europe
Caral, Moche, Chimú & Chachapoyas from the ancestors of the Incas to the period of Machu Picchu

Peru is rightly called the “Greece of South America” ​​because of its early high cultures and imposing cultural monuments.

We are innovating, experimenting with tourist sites that are not (yet) on all tourist maps.

 This is especially true for the stages north of Trujillo – El Brujo, Sipán, Tucume, the “Second Machu Picchu” of Kuelap, Karajilla, etc.

The total distance traveled by land is just over 2000 km, on the coast on good asphalt roads, inland partly on gravel roads. In exceptional cases, all-wheel drive vehicles have to be used there, while we cover most of the circuit in a coaster, a slightly larger minibus.

This is one of the reasons why the group size is intentionally kept low.

The hotel offer is now always correct and other general tourist infrastructure has also improved considerably in recent times.

Nonetheless, the following applies: our tour is certainly not yet an expedition, but an intensive and sometimes rustic study tour for explorers.

ITINERARY

Day 1: FRIDAY - EUROPE / LIMA

Arrival in Lima – Reception and transfer to your hotel – Overnight in Lima (bed and breakfast)

Day 2SATURDAY - LIMA

Half-day visit of the Peruvian capital and discovery of the Larco Herrera museum, which is exceptional in terms of art and culture. – Night in Lima (bed and breakfast)

Day 3SUNDAY - LIMA / CARAL / BARRANCA (200km)

Departure by the coastal road towards Huacho and continuation in the valley of Supe.
We visit Caral, the oldest city in America and recently opened to tourism.
Night on the coast in Barranca (bed and breakfast)

Day 4MONDAY - BARRANCA / HUARAZ (230km)

Morning visit to the Adobe Fortress of Paramonga. Continuation through the southern part of Callejón de Huaylas, following the Río Fortaleza valley, up to an altitude of over 4,000 m.
Our goal is Huaraz (3,091 m), a landscape. The highest point in Peru, located between the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra, whose peaks often exceed more than 6,000 m.
Overnight in Huaraz (bed and breakfast)

Day 5TUESDAY - HUARAZ / CHAVIN DE HUANTAR / HUARAZ (240 km)

A day trip takes us up a difficult serpentine slope above the Andean watershed to Chavín de Huántar which is one of the oldest ruins in Peru, with stelae depicting animals and a tour of the fortress.
Overnight in Huaraz (bed and breakfast)

Day 6WEDNESDAY - HUARAZ / LLANGANUCO / HUARAZ (260 km)

Discover the beauties of Callejón on an excursion to the turquoise blue lagoons of Llanganuco
(3,860 m), located in a glacial valley of the Huascarán National Park.
Two hour hike from the upper lagoon to the lower lagoon.
Overnight in Huaraz (bed and breakfast)

Day 7THURSDAY - HUARAZ / TRUJILLO (340 km)

Drive through the Río Casma valley to Cerro Sechín, the relief facade with a procession of one of the oldest cultural creations of ancient Peru.
Along the Pacific on the Panamericana to Trujillo.
Overnight in Trujillo (bed and breakfast)

Day 8FRIDAY - TRUJILLO / CHAN-CHAN / TRUJILLO

In the morning, visit of Trujillo then drive to the lunar and solar pyramids of Moche, the largest pre-Columbian structures in America. The “Murals” of the lunar pyramid are inspiring.
Lunch in the fishing village of Huanchaco.
In the afternoon, we visit Chan-Chan, the ruins of the huge adobe city on the Pacific coast and once the capital of the Chimú empire.
Overnight in Trujillo (bed and breakfast)

Day 9SATURDAY - TRUJILLO / CAJAMARCA (300 km)

Drive along the Pacific coast to El Brujo, a ceremonial temple from the Mochica era and burial place of the Lambayeque culture, with the fantastic new Señora de Cao museum.
Then we head to Cajamarca (2750 m), particularly important for the last period of the Inca Empire. Overnight in Caramarca (bed and breakfast).

Day 10SUNDAY - CAJAMARCA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

In the morning, city tour with the Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, Cuarto de Rescate, the famous ransom hall of the last Inca Atahualpa.
In the afternoon, visit the stone forest of Cumbe Mayo and the pre-Columbian rock tombs of the Ventanillas de Otuzco. Overnight in Cajamarca (bed and breakfast)

Day 11MONDAY - CAJAMARCA / LEIMEBAMBA (380 km)

Day trip in the mountains via Celendín, on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central, to the region of Chachapoyas, where we cross the canyon of Río Marañon, the main source of the Amazon.
Unique high mountain panoramas that we experience on the constantly winding mountain road. Overnight in Cajamarca (bed and breakfast)

Day 12TUESDAY - LEIMEBAMBA / TINGO

Morning visit of the mummy museum with the sensational discoveries of the “Laguna de los Condores”. Then excursion with an easy hike to the rocky cemetery of Revash, where mausoleums from the Chachapoyas period painted high in the rock have been discovered.
Overnight in Tingo (bed and breakfast°

Day 13WEDNESDAY –TINGO / KUELAP / CHACHAPOYAS

Discovery day (partly on gravel road), 70 km. From Kuelap, considered the “Second Machu Picchu”, but much older. The new cable car takes you to the ruins. Kuelap is the center of Chachapoyas culture, framed by a gigantic perimeter wall on a rocky headland in Utcubamba, only exposed by the jungle in recent decades. Night in Chachapoyas (bed and breakfast)

Day 14THURSDAY - CHACHAPOYAS AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

In the morning, departure to Karajía, burial place of the Chachapoyas culture, where several sarcophagi up to 2.50 m high stand in a steep rock wall.
In the afternoon, we get a glimpse of the local traditional craft techniques in the village of Lamud. Night in Chachapoyas (bed and breakfast)

Day 15FRIDAY - CHACHAPOYAS AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Free day.
Possibility of a demanding but extremely rewarding day trip with a five hour hike through the rainforest of clouds to the Gocta Waterfall, discovered only in 2002 and, at 771m, the third highest waterfall in the world (Suppl approx. 25 € per person).
Night in Chachapoyas (bed and breakfast)

Day 16SATURDAY - CHACHAPOYAS / CHICLAYO (470 km)

Departure by the tarmac road towards the Col des Porcuya towards the Pacific coast to Chiclayo
On the way visit Tucume, the “Valley of the Pyramids”, discovered by Thor Heyerdahl,
Night in Chiclayo (bed and breakfast)

Day 17SUNDAY - CHICLAYO / LAMBAYEQUE / LIMA

Morning visit to the Chiclayo witches market and the Señor de Sipán archaeological site.
In the afternoon, in nearby Lambayeque, visit the new “Tumbas Reales de Sipán” museum with the exceptional finds from the tombs of Sipán, the greatest golden treasure ever found in America.
In the evening, flight from Chiclayo to Lima.
Overnight in Lima (bed and breakfast)

Day 18LIMA AND RETURN

Free morning
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and regular flight back to Europe

Day 19EUROPE

Arrival in Europe

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