(Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Trujillo)
Experience Peru’s most ancient civilizations while you venture off the beaten path in Northern Peru. Discover Cajamarca, known for the ambush and capture of the Inca Ruler Atahualpa, the city of Chachapoyas known for Wari culture & tradition pre-date the Inca, as well as Chiclayo and Trujillo, known for the famous Moche civilization noted for their elaborate painted ceramics, gold work, monumental constructions and irrigation systems. Among notable Moche Route sites are the mud metropolis Chan Chan meaning “Sun Sun”, which was once the largest adobe settlements in the world, and still has temples and pyramids which remain standing, as well as the Musem of the Royal Tombs of Sipan in Lambayegue, which showcases artifacts found in the royal tomb of the lord of Sipan who died over 1770 years ago and was discovered in 1987. The discovery of the nobleman’s tomb and the accompanying gold and silver artifacts drew comparisons with the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt, and the Peruvian discovery was featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. Trujillo, dubbed “the capital of the eternal spring”, is the third largest city in Peru, and boasts a wonderful historic center highlighted by a large main square surrounded by beautiful colonial churches and homes.
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Arrival at the Cajamarca Airport, reception and transfer to Hotel Laguna Seca (4*) located in the charming district of Inca Baths, just 06Km away from the City of Cajamarca (2,720m).
This morning, you will leave the Cajamarca valley for a one hour drive along a 20Km unpaved road to visit the Archaeological and Geological Park of Cumbemayo located over the Pacific – Atlantic water divert at an altitude of 3,500 meters. Upon arrival, you will begin a one hour walking excursion following a path crossing through pine forested highland plains, cliff formations. Walk along the famous Aqueduct of Cumbemayo, a remarkable hydraulic system chiseled into volcanic tuff to capture and traverse fresh water to the Cajamarca valley, several temples and pictographs along its course.
On the way back, stop at the Apolonia Hilltop to get a close overview of this Historic City where the Spanish ambush and capture of Inca Atahuallpa on Saturday 16th November 1,532 marked the successful conquest of the Inca Empire.
In the afternoon, admire the beautiful Cajamarca main square, the baroque carved façades of the Cathedral and the Franciscan church, visit the Ransom Room which was once filled with gold and silver Inca idols in exchange of Atahuallpa’s freedom who never came true. A short stroll will take you to wonder the exquisite craftsmanship of the Bethlehemite’s colonial church and hospitals considered among Cajamarca’s highlights.
This morning, depart from the Hotel for a 10.5 hour journey along a well maintained gravel road that crosses the central mountain Andean chain while enjoying an extraordinary array of eco-diversity: pine forested highland plains, inter Andean valleys, Marañón dry equatorial forest, irrigated fruit and Cacao plantation river banks, cloud forest, and paramo ridges. Before arriving at the Casa Andina Hotel, you will stop at the Leymebamba Museum to admire the most remarkable Archaeological collection of the Chachapoya Culture; including 244 mummies! which were rescued in 1996 from a group of cliffhanging Mausoleums perched over the Condors Lake, a Chachapoya shrine located into deep cloud forest.
Enjoy a Boxed Lunch during your tour.
Today you will leave the Utcubamba Valley for a 90 minute drive on a gravel road that leads to the base of the mountain ridge where the Chachapoya raised the magnificent fortified citadel of Kuélap. Its gigantic construction scale, unbelievable location and still unsolved archaeological mysteries exceed all expectations! After this extensive visit and a stopover for lunch, you will be driven approximately two more hours to reach the Casa Andina Classic Hotel (3*), a charming “country palace” located next to the Utcubamba river bank and 14Km away from the colonial City of Chachapoyas.
The paved highway to the Pacific Coast will take you on a fantastic 10 hour journey along the awesome Utcubamba Canyon, between the rice terraces of the Bagua valley and through Marañón dry equatorial forest, before traversing the eastern-western water divert at the Porcuya Mountain Pass at 2,137m to descend until reaching sea level at the coastal City of Chiclayo, where you will overnight at your hotel.
The famous Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl described the archaeological site of Túcume, a religious - administrative center for the Lambayeque Kingdom, as “The Pyramids Valley” due to the incredible concentration of 26 such monumental constructions within its 224 protected hectares.
After having enjoyed this visit and lunch with the traditional recipes of the northern Peruvian kitchen, you will arrive at the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum to witness the exquisite craftsmanship of the Mochica gold and silversmiths. Their masterpieces were finally laid in their lords and religious entourage graves for their correspondent use in the afterlife.
After a two hour drive along the Pan American Highway heading south, you will arrive at “El Brujo” an archaeological site in the Chicama valley. Here you will visit the Pyramid of Cao where the only yet known female Mochica ruler was unearthed in 2006. The exquisite site Museum exhibits the tattooed body of this mysterious Queen known today as “The Lady of Cao”, together with its incredible array of golden royal emblems.
In the afternoon, just before arriving in Trujillo, visit the Archaeological Administrative and religious capital of the Chimú Kingdom called Chan Chan, the Libertador Hotel (4*) is conveniently located at the main square of this beautiful colonial City.
Along the southern edge of Trujillo flows the Moche river and next to its left bank rises a lonely rocky hill which the Moche understood as a sacred sign to construct around its religious administrative center known today as “the Pyramids of Moche.” The pyramids are an extraordinary archaeological site transformed into an exemplary research and conservation project which recently opened its outstanding on-site Museum. After this rewarding experience, you will return to take a stroll through the city’s historic downtown which fortunately preserves significant examples of its past colonial glory.
Lunch is included at Huanchaco Restaurant and Dinner is held at Club Colonial.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
Hotel Laguna Seca & Spa is found in a beautiful location in the green Andean valley of Cajamarca, a place where guests can find the comfort of the traditional hacienda atmosphere. The hotel facilities offer the opportunity to enjoy rejuvenating baths in the geothermal water that flows from its own springs and guests can enjoy this in one’s own spacious bathroom with a private thermal basin. All rooms are designed to provide the guests with the peace and rest they need. The hotel features three outdoor swimming pools, Turkish baths with natural steam that comes from the springs, a children’s playground, farm and horseback riding.
Casa Andina Classic Chachapoyas is located on a farm in a beautiful country setting behind the city of Chachapoyas. It is conveniently located 20 minutes from the heart of Chachapoyas making it a great base to explore this vibrant city. Casa Andina Classic Chachapoyas offers traditional, and superior guest rooms, all of which display an atmosphere of total peace and relaxation. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Casa Andina Select Chiclayo is an iconic structure conveniently located just minutes from downtown and the airport. The hotel features rooms distributed on 7 floors. These comfortable and spacious rooms offer all the amenities needed for a relaxing vacation. The hotel features an outdoor pool, spa and sauna for guests to enjoy. Guests can start their morning off with a tasty breakfast and coffee at the hotel’s breakfast buffet. Guests can enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner at La Plaza Restaurant.
The Libertador Truijillo is situated on a privileged corner of the city’s main plaza, with a view of the Cathedral and surrounded by buildings from the colonial and republican eras. Only 10 minutes away from the pre-Inca Chan Chan ruins, the largest adobe city in the world, and the impressive Sun and Moon Temples, the hotel is the best alternative in the city as a starting point for a visit to these archaeological destinations.
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January 10, 2014
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November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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