(Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura)
Experience Peru’s most ancient civilizations while you venture off the beaten path in Northern Peru and its beaches. Discover 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. Enjoy a few days on the beach before you return to Lima.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Hilton Lima Miraflores is conveniently located in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. Just 11 miles from the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), the hotel offers a prime location in the vibrant Larcomar entertainment area. Enjoy nearby activities including shops, theatre, museums, restaurants and parks. The hotel combines traditional 18th-century Peruvian architectural elements with contemporary decor to create the perfect ambience while delivering the impeccable service that travelers demand.
Fly from Lima to Trujillo on Lan Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
Depart with private vehicle and English speaking guide for a morning city tour including the Cathedral and El Carmen Monastery. Explore the historic center of the colonial city of Trujillo for its main plazas, grand architecture, cathedrals and museums. Besides incredible colonial buildings and archaeology sites due to its geographic location, Trujillo is also known for its seafood, nearby beaches and surfing. Trujillo is also known for quality leather goods (particularly shoes), woodcarvings and replicas of Precolombian ceramics. You will then depart on to the Moche Pyramids of Huacas del Sol y de la Luna. This construction was built for ceremonial purposes and it is formed by six superimposed temples built during different periods of the Mochica culture.
Enjoy lunch (included) at a local restaurant in Huanchaco. After lunch is a visit to Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimu Empire, claimed to be the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud-brick city in the world. Later is a visit to Huanchaco Beach, famous for its fishermen’s use of the caballitos de totora, which are lightweight boats made of totora reeds that have been used for fishing in the ocean since the time of the Mochicas and Chimús. Entrance fees are included.
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.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer with English speaking guide from Trujillo to Chiclayo. On the way you will visit El Brujo, an archaeological complex 35 Km (22 miles) north of Trujillo still under study. It is located in the lower Chicama Valley on a natural terrace 17 meters above sea level but close to the seashore. The site has two monumental constructions, called Huaca El Brujo (or Huaca Cortada) and Huaca Cao Viejo (or Huaca Blanca). The best preserved of these is Huaca Cao Viejo. An earlier preceramic settlement is also present near the complex, called Huaca Prieta; it is where evidence for early domestication of chile peppers has been identified. The sight belongs to the Mochica civilization and its main attractions are the big adobe walls with dancers holdings hands and some fight scenes in bas-reliefs and full colour. Lunch (included) at a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Chiclayo, you will be transferred to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.
Casa Andina Select Chiclayo is an iconic structure conveniently located just minutes from downtown and the airport. The hotel features 130 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.
Depart with private vehicle and English speaking guide for an excursion to the magnificent mud-brick burial platform of Huaca Rajada where the world famous Tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered. Admire fabulous gold artifacts, precious stones and the ancient Moche civilization’s history. Then you will visit Tucume, an imposing 26 pyramid site of the Lambayeque culture. Constructed about 1000 years ago, the complex features over two-dozen pyramids, in various states of erosion. Afterwards, visit the brand new Tumbas Reales Museum and discover the historical richness. It holds one of Peru's most spectacular exhibits, the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, discovered in 1987, which ranks as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Peru of the past 50 years. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Entrance fees are included.
DCO Suites Lounge and Spa (5*) is a contemporary boutique beach hotel with its own personality of purity and discrete elegance. Its location avoids the strict etiquette of a massive tourism destination. Eight guest rooms offer ultimate luxury in its amenities like a pillow menu and a walkie-talkie for personalized attention. DCO is an oasis of tranquility and privacy that dialogues with its natural environment. It also offers special characteristics and unique services like no other: the DCO restaurant, the terrace and beach lounge, and the couple spa. DCO Suites Lounge and Spa is recommended mainly for couples.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer from Hotel to the Airport.
Fly from Piura to Lima on Lan Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
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