(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.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you 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 can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. 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! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
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.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
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.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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