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Archaeological Wonders of Peru

 
15 days,Lima to Lima
SPAWD

Standing in the footsteps of Incan priests at Machu Picchu, Heading further into Peru's north along the route of the ancient Moche people, Having an expert guide make sense of fascinating archaeological sites, Spending two days exploring the Sacred Valley, Understanding why Chan Chan is a UNESCO site.

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Nothing compares to witnessing the morning light awaken the lost city of Machu Picchu. But there is more to Peru than just one architectural wonder and this 2-week trip goes further afield to show what made these ancient civilisations tick. From Chiclayo and Trujillo in Peru's north, you’ll explore the ruins and archaeology of Sipan, the Pyramids of Tucame, and Chan Chan—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an expert guide at your side offering context, you’ll come away feeling totally connected to this land of legend.

What's Included

  • Arrival Transfer - Welcome gift - Orientation walking tour of Cusco - Introductory Spanish lesson - 2-Day Sacred Valley tour with visit to the Pisac market and tour of the Pisac and Moray Ruins - Visit to the Ccaccaccollo Community and the Planeterra sponsored Women's Weaving Project - Tour the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras - Visit Ollantaytambo town and ruins - Visit a local chicha house - Traditional Pachamanca-style dinner - Scenic train ride in the Andes - Tour of Machu Picchu and 2-day entrance - Explore Chiclayo with a local expert including the Bruning Museum, The Lord of Sipán tomb, Tucume pyramids and witches market - Visit the El Brujo archaeological complex - Explore the runins of Trujillo with a local expert including; Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon - Farewell dinner overlooking the Huaca Pucllana ruins.
  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners (Allow USD350-450 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).
  • Van, minibus, plane, train, walking, hiking.
  • Discovery Adventures guide, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Cuzco (1B)

After an early flight, take an orientation walk of Cusco and introductory Spanish lesson. Option to visit museums, ruins and leisure time for shopping.

Days 3-4 Sacred Valley (2B,1L,1D)

With an expert local guide, we spend two full days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We visit local people in the Ccaccaccollo community and at the Planeterra sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Then, explore the Pisac handicraft market and have on-site lectures at the Pisac, Moray and Ollantaytambo ruins. Also visit and learn about the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style dinner of local specialities.

Days 5-6 Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Cuzco (2B)

Scenic train to Aguas Calientes with an interpretive tour and 2-day entrance to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Option for hiking, hot springs and shopping.

Day 7 Cuzco (1B)

Enjoy your day at leisure. Optional activities include: horseback riding, archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara, visits to churches and museums, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and shopping.

Day 8 Lima/Chiclayo (1B)

Flight to the north of Peru, connecting through Lima.

Day 9 Chiclayo (1B)

With our expert local guide we visit the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque, containing relics and artifacts of Peru’s most important archaeological discovery of the past 50 years. Also visit the royal Moche tomb at Sipan which was unearthed in 1987.

Day 10 Chiclayo (1B)

Today we explore the archaeological site of Tucume, home to 26 pre-Columbian adobe pyramids. After, we visit the famed 'witches market', where local Shamans sell herbs and offer their spiritual services.

Day 11 Trujillo (1B)

Travel to Trujillo with a stop at the El Brujo archaeological complex, a major religious and population centre of the ancient Moche people between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.

Day 12-13 Trujillo (2B)

Explore the ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan with an expert guide. Considered the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world. Afterwards, it’s off to another archaeological site, the temples of the Sun and Moon which appear like two pyramid-shaped huacas overlooking the south bank of the Moche River. Day 13 is free to explore with options to visit the beachside town of Huanachaco, more ruins, churches and museums.

Day 14 Lima (1B,1D)

Flight back to Lima and enjoy our farewell dinner at Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, overlooking the famous Miraflores ruins. Option to visit museums and local markets for shopping.

Day 15 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.