The tours starts in Lima, Peru’s contrasting capital.
After a morning in Lima we fly to Trujillo. This northern city is a colonial gem and is also home to the cultural remains of the Chimu and Moche civilisations and the largest adobe pyramids in Peru.
In the morning we visit the huge Moche pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, before returning to Trujillo for lunch. This afternoon we explore the impressive Chimu ruins of Chan Chan.
Today we continue north towards the Chaparrí Mountains and the dry forests of northern Peru to stay overnight in an eco-lodge in a private conservation area.
Run by the local community, Chaparri is a natural paradise home to (amongst others) the Andean or spectacled bear (think Paddington Bear!), the guanaco and the Andean condor. Later we drive to Chiclayo.
From Chiclayo we’ll visit the tomb and museum of the Lord of Sipan. The twin pyramid complex has unearthed some of the finest Moche artefacts ever discovered, considered by many to be amongst the best examples of pre-Columbian art ever found.
A full day’s drive takes us into the mountains to Chachapoyas, an important trading city that once lay at the crossroads between the coast and the jungle, providing an ideal base from which to explore this incredible cultural landscape.
In the morning we will travel to the funerary site of Karajia, before returning to Chachapoyas to further explore this charming town (or in June to witness the colourful Raymillacta Festival celebrated annually).
Today we drive out and trek out to the nearby majestic Gocta Falls for the day, the third highest waterfall in the world (although this is a point of some debate at present). Only recently ‘discovered’, the falls cascade down through some 771 vertical metres.
Kuelap is a spectacular pre-Incan fortress sitting on a ridge overlooking the Utcubamba Valley. In its heyday it was one the the most formidable pre-Columbian cities in the Americas and is a certain highlight of this trip.
Today we visit the enigmatic cliff-top mausoleums of Revash before heading to Leymebamba to see a stunning collection of some 200 mummies.
One of South America’s most stunning drives takes us down to the beautiful colonial town of Cajamarca, most notorious as the place where Pizarro executed the Inca, Atahualpa.
The morning sees us travel to nearby Cumbe Mayo with its ancient aqueduct leaving the afternoon free to soak up Cajarmarca’s many charms.
A further morning in Cajamarca allows time for some final explorations before our afternoon flight (times subject to change) back to the ‘City of Kings’ today, where our journey ends.