Overview & Highlights
Northern Peru: bliss for history and archaeology enthusiasts. Discover the vestiges of fabulously wealthy pre-Inca civilisations. Includes the pre-Inca adobe city at Chan Chan, colonial Cajamarca and the mountain-top temple at Kuelap.
- Lima: walking tour
- Trujillo: Chan Chan and Huacas del Sol y de la luna
- Cajamarca: walking tour
- Leymebamba: museum
- Leymebamba: tombs of Revash
- Chachapoyas: citadel of Kuelap
- Chachapoyas: sarcophagi at Karajía
- Chachapoyas: Gocta Falls
- Chiclayo: Lord of Sipán and Túcume
On this adventurous itinerary you will be rewarded by magical landscapes, archaeological treasures, and encounters with welcoming people who will give you an insight into life in the region. The remote highlights of the north of Peru attract fewer visitors than the south, and as such there is a lower level of tourist infrastructure and some long road journeys, but each day offers a fascinating insight into the country’s rich cultural history.
A taste for adventure and discovery is a must; this is a trip through the authentic South America which has remained unchanged for decades.
Fly to Lima arriving the same day.
Overnight in the capital.
Fly to Trujillo and explore the city.
Visit the Chimú site of Chan Chan, fishing village of Huanchaco and the Moche pyramids at Huacas del Sol and de la Luna.
Journey to colonial Cajamarca, Explore the town and its fertile landscapes.
Drive to Leymebamba.
Visit the Chachapoyan museum and Revash. Continue to El Chillo.
Journey to the ruins of Kuelap. Continue to Chachapoyas.
Visit the archaeological site of Karajía.
Excursion to the Gocta Falls.
Drive to Chiclayo, on the north Peruvian coast.
Visit the museum of Sipán and the ruins at Túcume.
Fly to Lima. Optional excursions in the capital.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Having travelled with a number of different companies in the past, I was really impressed with the depth of knowledge and professionalism of JLA and the opportunity to trial to a part of Peru not usually visited by many tourists.
Riding a horse back up the track at Karajia when it started to rain and the frogs started to sing! Never heard anything like it. Travelling through spectacular country & seeing the local people. The mummies at the museum at Leymebamba.CE, Halesowen
I'm very much a novice when it comes to traveling and I love history & culture. I chose this trip with that in mind. As someone who is not an experienced traveller, some of the journeys are long but they are always worth it. Seeing these wonderful sites with often very few people about is great. This is a beautiful country and this is a wonderful trip that I would highly recommend to anyone with a love of history and a desire to learn more.
This was my first tour with JLA, and I would certainly have it as my first choice for tours in South America in the future.
The two journeys from Cajamarca to Leymebamba and Arequipa to Chivay had such spectacular scenery.MK, Hassocks
The whole trip was excellent and the tour leaders knowledge and personality enhanced it.VH, Torpoint
Northern Peru is currently a little less discovered which makes travel there more rewarding. The people have not been jaded with excess tourism and are truly welcoming. The wealth of ancient sites and beauty of the countryside means it deserves to be more visited - and it will be!CP, Manchester
This was a great trip - wonderful scenery and amazing sites. It was well organised and allowed for some opportunity to do things on one's own away from the group.DS, London
After having seen Kuelap on BBC visiting in reality was amazing. It didn't disappoint, despite the rain showers.JB, Hendon
The tour makes you realise how diverse Peruvian history is, and is more than just the Incas and Spanish Conquistadors.JDC, Sheffield
This was the first time I travelled with JLA and I have been impressed with the quality of personal service and enjoyed the itinerary very much.PM, Wirral
All archaeological sites were very good especially when accompanied by informed guides. Landscape superb in the Highlands.
All credit to JLA for going beyond the usual tourist venues in Peru and exploring a lesser known but beautiful area with many compensations for the very basic infrastructure.JF, Cambridge
For those that might have visited the more famous regions of Peru or like the path less travelled this is a brilliant way to discover the unique history and culture of northern Peru. I love exploring the archaeological and natural wonders this part of the country has to offer and you will too!
Adrian Gallop - Tour Leader
Our qualified tour leaders are Latin American specialists all of whom have travelled widely in the region. Book with Journey Latin America.
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Real Latin America Experts
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Millie Davies - Travel Expert
Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.