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
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
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.
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
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 Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
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