Chiclayo, Sipan, Trujillo, Chan Chan.
Discover Peru's overlooked dry north and home to sunny beaches and pre-Inca ruins. Fly to Chiclayo, home to Peru's most important archaeological discovery of the past 50 years—the Royal Tomb of the Lord of Sipan. From here you'll move on to colonial Trujillo's stately mansions and the nearby ruins of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Colombian city in South America. Then wind down on the beach near Huanchaco.
Catch a morning flight to the northern coastal city of Chiclayo, one of Peru’s fastest growing modern cities. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Meet the friendly locals, take an optional tour to visit colonial landmarks, or the huge Mercado Model market, one of the most diverse in the country.
Enjoy a tour of the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque which contains relics and artifacts and houses Peru’s most important archeological discovery of the past fifty years. The royal Moche tomb at Sipan was unearthed in 1987 near Chiclayo.
Transfer to the colonial city of Trujillo. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Trujillo is rich in colonial architecture with beautiful wrought-iron grillwork. Visitors can wander the many quarters and venture to the Plaza de Armas. On the weekends a colourful flag raising ceremony and parades make the plaza a popular destination. Other not-to-be-missed venues include optional visits to the museums and churches.
This day of sightseeing will include a guided tour to the ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan. Considered the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world, Chan Chan will truly mesmerize. Afterwards it’s off to another archeological site which is even older than Chan Chan. The Temples of the Sun and Moon appear like two pyramid-shaped huacas overlooking the south bank of the Moche River.
Flight back to Lima.