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Northern Peru Adventure

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Day 1 Lima

Arrive Lima at any time, and catch an included arrival transfer to the hotel. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. A G Adventures representative will hold a general briefing in the evening, normally between 7 pm and 8pm (a note will be posted in the arrival hotel with details).

Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights.

There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafés all within walking distance. Limeños (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.
Arrive in Lima at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights.

There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafés all within walking distance. Limeños (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.

Day 2 Chiclayo / Sipán / Night bus

Fly north to the coastal city of Chiclayo and enjoy Included guided tour of the Lord of Sipán archaeological site and museum be

The tour visits the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque which contains relics and artifacts and houses Peru's most important archaeological discovery of the past fifty years - the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. Opened in 2003, this museum showcases the most important archaeological remains of the Mochica Culture, including the contents of the tomb of a Mochica leader, found in 1987.

Chiclayo acts as a central hub for commercial and tourist activities. Nicknamed "The City of Friendship", Chiclayo certainly lives up to the name as you will find the locals to be welcoming and friendly. Take time to enjoy what the city has to offer. Enjoy some free time to explore the city, making sure to visit Mercado Modelo's "witch doctor's market", with a large selection of herbs and tools used by shamans.

Travel by overnight bus to Chachapoyas.

Day 3-4 Chachapoyas Area

Chachapoyas is a quiet, friendly town nestled in a huge area of cloud forest between the Marañon and Huallaga Rivers. Check into the hotel and we have a briefing to prepare for the upcoming days of discovering the highlights of Peru's northern region.

From our base of Chachapoyas we will take day trips to the archaeological and historical attractions, to the Kuelap Fortres and ruins as well as to the Gocta Waterfall.

Gocta Waterfall is verified to be the third largest waterfall on the planet (measured to be a height of 771 metres). This waterfall, with 2 drops, has been known by locals for centuries and was only brought to the world's attention in 2002 following an expedition by explorers to the region.

An impressive place to visit in this region the ancient burial site of Karajia. We encounter 3 metre tall anthropomorphic wooden coffins located high under a cliff. Learn about the history of this region and the burial site, as well as the opportunity for taking photos.

No visit to this region is complete without a visit to the ruined fortress of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Some have referred to it as the "Machu Picchu of the North" as it is a large, mysterious, and impressive site in remarkably good condition. Twice as old as the Inca constructions, Kuelap arguably bears as much archaeological significance as the country's number one tourist attraction, although in appearance the two sites are really quite different.

Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain. The site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from a local guide. Standing at the outer wall's edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200 metres below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. A short walk of about ten minutes will bring us to our waiting vehicle for the 3.5 hour return trip to Chachapoyas.

Day 5 Kuelap Fortress / Night bus

No visit to this region is complete without a visit to the ruined fortress of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Some have referred to it as the "Machu Picchu of the North" as it is a large, mysterious, and impressive site in remarkably good condition. Twice as old as the Inca constructions, Kuelap arguably bears as much archaeological significance as the country's number one tourist attraction, although in appearance the two sites are really quite different.

Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain. The site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from a local guide. Standing at the outer wall's edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200 metres below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. Return to Chachaypoyas in time to catch the overnight bus back to Chiclayo.

Day 6 Lima

Free day to explore Chiclayo or relax from the hotel before flying back to Lima in the evening. Tour ends at the airport.