The Northern Peru Archaeology and Forest Tour visits a diverse range of archaeological sites in Northern Peru whilst staying at exclusive accommodation set amongst areas of distinct natural beauty. The tour takes in cultural aspects dating back to 2000BC through to the Inca period and the first months of the Spanish Conquest. You will see remains from the Moche, Lambayeque/Sican, Chachapoya and Inca Cultures. Accommodation has been chosen based on quality and setting. Each place is set in quiet out of the way places, where you can appreciate the landscape of different ecological areas.
We start the tour in Chiclayo and visit a temple complex which has the oldest murals in the Americas. We will visit the Royal Tombs Museum and Tucume before heading to see the natural wonder of Gocta Waterfall close to Chachapoyas. Then we spend three more days in the Chachapoyas area, visiting the main archaeological remains (Kuelap, Karajia and Revash), finishing with a visit to the Mummy Museum of Leymebamba. Leaving the Chachapoyas area along the most spectacular road in Peru we drive to Cajamarca to enjoy the colonial city and see some of the archaeological remains there.
Day 1 Chiclayo
Visit some of the pre-Inca sites and Royal Tombs Museum. Night in Los Faiques.
Day 2 Travel to Cocachimba
Travel day to the Chachapoyas area. Night at the Gocta Natura Cabins.
Day 3 Gocta Waterfall
Hike to Gocta Waterfall. La Xalca Hotel.
Day 4 Huancas and Karajia
Visit the village of Huancas, the Chachapoyas daily market and the sarcophagi of Karajia. La Casa de Doña Lola.
Day 5 Kuelap
Tour of Kuelap. Night in La Casa de Doña Lola.
Day 6 Revash and Leymebamba
Hike to the tombs of Revash and visit the Mummy Museum of Leymebamba. Night in Kentitambo.
Option 2 (lighter):
Visit the museum of Leymebamba and go for forest walk in Valley of the Condors.
Night in Kentitambo.
Day 7 Leymebamba to Cajamarca
Travel day along the spectacular road to Cajamarca. Night in Posada Puruay.
Day 8 Cajamarca
Half day tour of Cajamarca.