CLIMATE: Peru has a variety of climates, from tropical of the forest, until the inclement cold of the snow in the Andes. The territory has three well differentiated regions: coast, mountain and forest, having three types of marked climates. During the summer (January to March) the coast has a temperature between 25º and 30ºC, in the forest: between 28ºC and 35ºC, being exception the hills that has a warm weather during the whole year (22ºC at 27ºC) during the day, and in the winter: during the night (0ºC at 10ºC). From January to March, as much in the hills as in the forest it is the season of rains.
CURRENCY: The official currency in the Peru is the Nuevo Sol whose sign is: S /.
There is in circulation notes of 10, 50 and of 100 Nuevos Soles; and coins from 0.50 cents to 5 Nuevos Soles. The invoices, purchase tickets, consumptions for expenses of hotels, restaurants, credit cards, these will be emitted in Nuevos Soles, unless that your credit card is international, and in that case will have to refer in dollars.
CLOTHES: at the coast, from January to March (summer) very slight clothes. During the rest of the year clothes a light coat, the temperature isn´t less 12ºC. At the hills, is advisable to take slight clothes for the mornings and coat at nights, the temperature is extreme during the whole year from January to March take the right clothes for rain. At the forest, rubber shoes for walks and don’t forget an insect repellent.
VACCINES: For the trips exclusively in the area of Amazon forest in Puerto Maldonado and Madre de Dios, is required the vaccine for yellow fever
TIPS: They are included in all the invoices and payment vouchers that will present them the hotels for consumption, restaurants, discos and shows, being an amount equivalent to 10%. Besides, it is necessary to consider the doorman and other employees from the hotels.
Lima was founded in 1.535 and in a short period of time became the most important city in the Americas. Today, there are more than eight million inhabitants, and the city shelters immigrants from all corners of the globe, which has transformed it into a mixed city par excellence. In the historic centre, placed by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage List, you can visit splendid samples of Colonial architecture like the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Convent of San Francisco as well as fantastically wood carven balconies. Lima is also an inexhaustible source of culture, demonstrated by the existence of numerous and varied museums like the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology, and History and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archeological Museum, which guards priceless Incan and pre-Incan treasures.
Situated in the heart of the city are great archeological monuments such as the Huallamarca Huaca or the Pucllana Huaca. And, on the outskirts of Lima facing the ocean is Pachacamac, the most important pre-Incan sanctuary on the coast, built in the third century A.D. Some of the other great attractions are the beaches where you can do all types of aquatic sports, enjoy the sun, or simply gaze at the mesmerizing beauty of the Pacific Ocean. During this trip, you must also remember to sample one of the best cuisines in the world. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants and inviting locales where you will be able to taste delicious dishes, the result of the mixing of European, African, Asian, and Andean cuisines.
CITY TOUR: Visit the city and traveling around the colonial streets, knowing the biggest Square, the Cathedral, Palace of Government, Convent of San Francisco, with its famous bullfights, which is considered the 2ª in antiquity around the world, continuing the journey toward the Huaca Huallamarca, the Park of the Love and finally the residential areas of Lima will be transited as well as San Isidro, Miraflores, finishing in the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco. Duration: 03.00 hs.
ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Museum that in didactic and chronological form introduce us to the evolution of the Peruvian culture, highlighting the collections of the Cultures: Chavín, Paracas, Nazca, Mochica, Chimú and Inca. Duration: 03.00 hs.
LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM: It shows an interesting ceramic, and goldwork collection, especially from northern cultures. It has a room of erotic ceramics and a vault with gold jewels from the Pre-Inca times. Duration: 03.00 hs.
MUSEUM of GOLD: It exhibits thousands of pieces in gold, reason why it is deduced the advances in goldwork that the old Peruvians possessed (the majority of these pieces are imitations, not originals). It also Shows, a great collection of old weapons from different parts of the world. Duration: 03.00 hs.
RUINS of PACHACAMAC: Pachacamac: Ruins of the Pre-Inca times used as a ceremonial center in which they were adore Pachacamac God. Duration: 03.00 hs.
Ica, an esoteric land, one of profound religious faith, sand dunes, valleys, and sun, is an agricultural zone where you see interspersed among the extensive desert area fields of cotton, butter beans, asparagus, citrus tree orchards, as well as vineyards. Some of the most important civilizations of ancient Peru established themselves here like the Paracas and the Nasca who left a legacy that has endured the passage of time and the violence of the sand and wind.
The Paracas National Reserve is a must stop; this State protected natural area is, among its beaches and staggeringly beautiful rock formations, the refuge to fur seals, otters, penguins, dolphins, and more than two hundred species of birds such as flamingos, waders, and guano birds. In the province of Nasca, a little more than one hundred kilometres from Ica, there are the Nasca Lines, one of the greatest archeological mysteries of the world. UNESCO placed this site on the World Cultural Heritage List in 1994. Formed by a series of lines and gigantic drawings traced upon the sands, the Nasca lines feature figures like a spider, a hummingbird, a monkey, etc. that can only be truly appreciated from flying above them. You can also visit the vineyards of the department, where they produce excellent piscos and wines, the Huacachina Lake, a beautiful oasis situated among the sand dunes just a few minutes away from Ica, and Chincha, the valley which gave birth to the Afro-Peruvian music.
OVERFLIGHT NAZCA LINES – AIRLINES : LIMA – ICA-LIMA: The flight departs at 08.30 A.M. from the Jorge Chavez International airport to Ica's airport. After a change of airplanes, the tour starts with the overflight of the Nasca lines for about one hour. Cut into the stony desert are large numbers of lines, not only parallels and geometrical figures, but also designs such as a killer whale, a monkey, a hummingbird (with a wing span of over 328 ft.) a spider and a tree. The lines, which can best see from the air, were etched on the Pampa sands by the Nasca people. According to Dr. Maria Reich, who devoted 50 years of her life to study and research the area, came to the conclusion that it was an astronomical calendar. After returning to Ica, there is a guided tour of the regional museum and the Huacachina Lagoon. After lunch (including), the tour ends with a transfer to Ica's airport to fly back to Lima arriving approximately at 05.30 P.M.Duration: approximately 9 hours
FULL DAY TOUR LIMA/NASCA/LIMA in Regular Bus: The tour starts with an early pick up at the hotel (03.15 A.M aprox.) to take you to the bus station to Nazca in regular bus. This town is located 261 miles south of Lima and the trip takes about six hours. After arriving at the airport in Nasca, the tour starts with an overflight of the Nazca Lines. These are a series of geoglyphs located in a high arid plateau that stretches 53 miles between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. They were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and 700 AD. There are hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards. Lunch is provided at Casa Andina Hotel after the flight. Return to Lima and the hotel. Duration: approximately 16.00 hours
FULL DAY TOUR LIMA/NASCA/LIMA in private services: The tour starts with an early pick up at the hotel (5:00 A.M) via private transportation to Nazca. This town is located 261 miles south of Lima and the trip takes about five hours. After arriving at the airport in Nazca, the tour starts with an overflight of the Nazca Lines. These are a series of geoglyphs located in a high arid plateau that stretches 53 miles between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. They were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and 700 AD. There are hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards. Lunch is provided at the Nazca Lines hotel after the flight. The tour ends with an overview of the city on the way back to Lima and the hotel. Duration: approximately 14.00 hours
FULL DAY TOUR LIMA/ PARACAS/ ICA /LIMA: The tour starts with an early pick up at the hotel (04.30 A.M) via private transportation to Paracas. This town is located 152 miles south of Lima and the trip takes about three-and-a-half hours. After arriving at the Paracas National Reserve, there is a tour by speedboat to the Ballestas islands. These islands are eroded into numerous arches and caves. These arches provide shelter for thousands of seabirds, some of which are very rare, and countless sea lions. En route to the islands, the boat pass the bay and peninsula of Paracas, Puerto San Martín and the Candelabra, a Nasca civilization figure etched on the desert face. After approximately 2 hours, the boat returns to the Port of Paracas. The trip continues to Ica's airport for the overflight of the enigmatic Nasca Lines. These are a series of geoglyphs located in a high arid plateau that stretches 53 miles between the towns of Nasca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. They were created by the Nasca culture between 200 BC and 700 AD. Lunch is provided at Las Dunas hotel after the flight. The tour ends with an overview of the city on the way back to Lima and the hotel.
ANTONINI MUSEUM and CANTALLOC AQUEDUCT TOUR: The tour includes a visit to this didactic and very interesting museum in Nazca. The museum contains a large collection of objects belonging to the Nasca culture. It is administrated directly by the “Centro Italiano Studi e Ricerche Precolombiane”. The collected material recreates several details of the everyday life, the economy and the political and religious organization of the Nasca culture. It also includes a visit to the Cantalloc Aqueducts. These aqueducts, which are located 5 miles from Nasca, were built by the Nazca culture. There are 46 aqueducts and 32 of them still provide water for the local people. Flagstones and acacia trunks were used to build them and they have resisted the passage of the centuries. Duration: approximately 03.00 hours
The department of Arequipa is one of various terrains. It begins in the coastal desert and then climbs the Andes, reaching great altitude at the snow covered peaks and at its volcanoes. Arequipa, known as the White City for its beautiful white walls of sillar, a volcanic stone, lies at the feet of the mighty volcanos of Mount Chachani, Mount Misti, and the snow covered peak of Mount Pichu Pichu. The downtown of the city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the Colonial Period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plazas. Sabandía, Tiabaya, and Tingo, located among the large fields, are must see places, and the irresistible Arequipa cuisine is the perfect complement to the visit.
Just 3 hours and 45 minutes from the capital is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing. You can also do many types of adventure sports in the valley such as mountain biking, trekking, and white water rafting. And, at the Cross of the Condor, you can view the majestic flight of the condors. Other places of interest in the department are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon.
CITY TOUR + SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY: This tour includes a visit to the most visited places in Arequipa: Carmen Alto Lookout, with a wonderful view point of the Chilina Valley; Yanahuara Lookout, composed of a series of sillar stone arches with a view of Arequipa City and Misti volcano; Saint Lazarus neighborhood; Santa Catalina Monastery; Plaza de Armas or “Arequipa's Main Square”; the Cathedral and the Jesuit Church of La Compañía. Duration: approximately 3 hours
COLONIAL CITY TOUR: This tour includes a visit to Carmen Alto Lookout, Cayma district, Virgen de la Candelaria Church, La Recoleta Convent, Moral House, and Tristan del Pozo House. Duration: approximately 03.00 hours.
CAMPIÑA TOUR: This tour includes a visit to the outskirts of the city known as “La Campiña” or “Countryside of Arequipa” in the districts of Paucarpata and Sabandia, where the pre-Inca terraces or “andenes” are still cultivated. There are visits to Sabandia Mill, the Founder's Mansion, the lakeside district of Tingo, the Sachaca Lookout, the Fierro Bridge and Arequipa downtown. Duration: approximately 03.00 hours.
COMBINED TOUR: The tour includes visits to Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa Main Square, the Cathedral, the Jesuit Church of La Compañía, Carmen Alto and Yanahuara Lookouts, the district of Paucarpata and Sabandia Mill. Duration: approximately 04.00 hours.
COLCA VALLEY Full Day Tour: The tour begins with an early bus ride through the district of Yura from Arequipa to the village of Chivay for breakfast. Then continuing to “Cruz del Condor” (25.5 miles from Chivay) to enjoy of one of the most beautiful and amazing views of the Colca Canyon. At this site, the Andean condors take advantage of the especially strong winds from the canyon to soar into the sky. The tour continues with a visit to the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Yanque, as well as the lookouts Antahuilque and Choquetico. Antahuilque has stone agricultural terraces. Choquetico has hanging tombs and stone mock-ups of the terraces located on the other side of the Valley. Lunch is provided in Chivay around noon. Returning to Arequipa there are stops at the Andes Lookout and the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas. Duration: approximately 15.00 hours.
TORO MUERTO PETROGLYPHS: Located in the Majes valley approximately two-and-a-half hours from Arequipa. It is considered the world's largest and most important field of petroglyphs. The volcanic stones are scattered throughout an area of 12.700 ft. by 820 ft. The stones are engraved with human forms, camelids, felines, foxes, snakes, geometric forms, zigzag among other forms. Discovered in 1.951, these stones are associated with the Chuquibamba, Wari and Inca Cultures. Duration: approximately 08.00 hours.
LAGUNAS de MEJÍA: Located about 4.8 miles from Mejia Beach in the mouth of the Tambo River, Laguna de Mejia is the natural refuge for numerous migratory bird species (i.e., ducks, flamingos, among others). Duration: approximately 08.00 hours.
LAGUNA de SALINAS: Laguna de Salinas can be found in the National Reserve of Salinas, below the snow covered mountain Pichu-Pichu about 74.5 miles east of Arequipa. It is a salt lake that becomes a dry salt flat during the dry season (from May to December). The size of the lake varies from year to year depending of the amount of water that the rainy season brings. During this time, it is a great place to see all three species of flamingos, as well as a great number of Andean water birds. The area is also ideal for the preservation of llamas, vicuñas and other mammals. The surrounding volcanoes provide a stunning landscape, especially when reflected on the waters of the lake. Duration: approximately 08.00 hours.
VISITS the CITY and BORDERING RUINS: Half-day trip where visits the four bordering ruins of the city of Cuzco:
Fortress of Sacsayhuamán: Located at 2 Km. from the city of Cuzco. It is a monumental complex considered -jointly with the city of Cuzco- the first one among the new “Seven Marvels” of the World. It is a cyclopean piece, planned and built by the men from the Andes.
Q´enqo: Located at 3 Km. of the city of the Cuzco. It is a ceremonial and cult-center.
Puca Pucara: Located at 6 Km. from Cuzco. It was an administrative and military center that completed functions of control patrol in the roads of the Inca.
Tambomachay: Located at 7 Km. of the city of the Cuzco and at 3.700 mt. well-known as the “bathrooms of the Incas”. Then we will visit the Cathedral and the "Qorikancha" or Temple of the Sun.
Duration: 03.00 hs.
MARKET of PISAC and RUINS of OLLANTAYTAMBO: Trip that is carried out in the Main Square of the town of Pisac. We will have the opportunity to see the craft´s typical market of Pisac where it offer a varied samples of craft, being the most important the textil lines and ceramic, as well as the indigenous market, where the residents from different native communities go to buy their products. Only in Sunday, takes place the traditional Mass in Quechua with the attendance of the Varayocs or indigenous Mayors of the communities of the jurisdiction. we will also visit the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo that constitutes a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military complex in times of the Tahuantinsuyo. Located at 97 Km. From the city of Cuzco.
Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays
Duration: 08.00 hs.
TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU: Transfer to the train station to Machu Picchu. The train route is at 112 Km. from distance between Cuzco and the station of “Puente de Ruinas” is parallel to the Urubamba River, during this journey we will see the beautiful vegetation typical from the snowy heights and majestic forest with two tunnels that we will be cross and finally we will arrive at the station of “Puente de Ruinas” (Aguas Calientes), where we will take the minibuses of tourist transportation; then after 8 Km. of ascent, we will arrives to the architectural complex of Machu Picchu. Here the guided visit begin by a path that drives us to the inigualable citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will be able to transit by the ancient squares, temples, deposits, sources of water, platforms, patrol positions, cemeteries… as well as the Temple of the Sun, The Intiwatana (solar clock), the Temple of the three windows among other charms. We will eat lunch in the hotel for tourists Machu Picchu, and in the afternoon we will return to Cuzco (by train), arrival to the station and transfer to the hotel.
Duration: 09.00 hs.
Beautiful beaches, wide open plains, rolling hills, and towering mountains make up the diverse terrain of the department of Tumbes where several eco-systems are located such as estuaries and mangroves, the dry equatorial forest (Cerros de Amotape National Park) and the Pacific tropical forest (Reserved Zone of Tumbes). More than 30% of the territory has been declared natural protected areas.
Cerros de Amotape National Park (91.300 hectares) is located on the Tumbes-Piura border and gathers together a great biological diversity. The wildlife is especially assorted with species like the Andean condor, the little spotted cat, the red deer, the peccary, the northern anteater, the spectacled bear, the gray deer, and the Guayaquil squirrel.
The Mangrove Sanctuary of Tumbes (2.072 masl) that is composed of extensive aquatic forests that create a one of a kind environment between the river and the sea is home to black hawks, egrets, and other birds.
Its closeness to the Equator makes the beaches of Tumbes ideal places for surfing, diving, fishing, or simply for the people searching for fun and sun in summer. Punta Sal is thought to be one of the best beaches in Peru because of its white sand and rich marine life. The Zorritos cove is famous for its tranquil water and wide variety of fish.
To the north of Tumbes, you come across Puerto Pizarro, well known for its islands and for its American crocodile farms, a species unique to Peru and one in danger of being extinct. This is also a city where you find large amounts of black scallops and crabs, the basis for an exquisite local cuisine.
The department of Piura contains many types of terrain. The coast features the largest desert in Peru, Sechura, which also includes the lowest place in Peru, the Bayovar depression at 37 mbsl / 121 fbsl towards the east, in the Andes, the terrain becomes rougher. The Porculla Trail is located there, (2138 masl / 7014 fasl); it is the lowest Andean trail in Peru.
Piura, full of joy and song, was in 1532 the first city founded in Peru by Francisco Pizarro. At present, it is an important center of economic development in northern Peru. Just twelve kilometers from the city is Catacaos, known for its artisans who work in straw and cotton and gold and silver filigree and for its exquisite restaurants. The town of Chulucanas is another famous place, but this time for pottery and excellent chicherías (taverns where chicha, a local drink, is served).
The coast of Piura offers many diverse attractions. Máncora, located close to the Piura-Tumbes border, is a small cove with beautiful beaches much prized by surfers, fun loving youths, and entire families. Toward the south lies Cabo Blanco, famous for the people cut from the same cloth as Ernest Hemmingway, attracted by ocean fishing for marlin, swordfish, and grouper. Today, it is the perfect place to surf since some of the best waves in Peru are found there. Colán is the main beach resort for the inhabitants of Piura, lovely for its typical wooden houses set upon pylons at the edge of the sea.
On the way to the highlands in the province of Huancabamba, you find the Huaringas, an enclave for shamans and mystic healers and an area of medicinal lakes and apus, protector mountains.
The department of Lambayeque is located on the coastal plain and combines arid zones, rich valleys, and dry forests. Chiclayo, bordered by fertile valleys and very close to the ocean, is the capital of the department and the commercial nexus among the three Peruvian regions: coast, highland, and jungle.
This territory was the cradle of the Mochicas, who lived there between the first and fourth centuries A.D., which makes Lambayeque one of the most interesting archeological destinations in the country. It was in 1987 that the famous royal tombs of Sipán were discovered, the burial remains of an important Mochican ruler. Besides the Sipán archeological site, you can visit the modern Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum that contains the most extraordinary gold pieces found in the excavations. Likewise, it is worth a visit to the Brunning Museum, located in the province of Lambayeque, and to the Sicán Museum, located in the province of Ferreñafe.
Túcume is another archeological site of unique beauty. There, you will see more than twenty adobe pyramids, all approximately forty meters high, that belong to the Lambayeque culture and which are nestled in an area full of wildlife and abundant vegetation. Another must see in Lambayeque is the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, located in the district of Chongoyape. Here, the dry forests and the biodiversity they shelter are preserved.
Lambayeque also boasts one of the best cuisines in the country: exquisite rice with duck competes with cebiche in a competition where the gourmands are always the winners. The lovely port and beach resort of Pimentel and the tradition town of Saña with its Colonial houses and churches in ruins round out the attractions of this fascinating department.
CITY TOUR and WITCHDOCTORS MARKET: The tour includes a visit to the most interesting places of the city like: the Cathedral; the “Paseo de Musas” or Muses street; the “Mercado Modelo”, one of the Peru's liveliest and largest daily markets and the well-known “Mercado de Brujos” or Witchdoctors' market, filled with herbal medicines, folk charms, curing potions and exotic objects used by “shamans” or witchdoctors for their activities. Duration: approximately 2½ hours.
ROYAL TOMBS of SIPAN NATIONAL MUSEUM: The tour includes a visit to the majestic museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan that is located in the city of Lambayeque 7.5 miles northwest of Chiclayo. This impressive modern museum houses the archaeological collection of gold, silver and copper objects found in the tomb of the Lord of Sipan. It also gives a general idea of how the Mochica culture developed throughout the north coast of Peru. It includes the history of the discovery of the tombs at the archaeological complex of Huaca Rajada in Sipán. Duration: Approximately 2 hours
BRÜNNIG ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: This Museum shows an amazing collection of more than 1.500 archaeological pieces of Chimu's gold, stone and wooden artifacts, textiles and ceramics of the regional cultures of the past 5.000 years. The museum was started with the objects gathered by the German ethnographer Enrique Brünnig. The collection was acquired by the Peruvian government 1925 and enriched with donated pieces, new discoveries and excavations. Duration: approximately 2 hours.
FERREÑAFE and SICÁN MUSEUM: The colonial town of Ferreñafe, 11 miles northeast of Chiclayo, was founded in 1.550. The town is known as the "Tierra de la doble fé" or Land of Two Faiths for maintaining the beliefs of Catholicism and “shamanism” at the same time. The National Museum of Sicán is located in this town. Its main function is to be a research center of the Sicán culture. The museum offers detailed information on the excavation process, site preservation, as well as the development of trade networks, economic activities, burial patterns, and cosmology of the Sicán or Lambayeque cultures. It is considered unique in Latin America and one of the few in the world that shows the history of this culture. Duration: approximately 2 ½ hours.
BATAN GRANDE and SIPÁN: Located 21 miles north of Chiclayo is the Reservation Zone of Batán Grande. It is the largest natural forest in the Peruvian coast. In the Pomac area of the reservation is found the largest forest of carob trees in the country as well as “huacas” and tombs of the old inhabitants of the region. Since 1.987 Dr. Izumi Shimada has been carrying out an investigation of the remains of the Sicán culture. It consist of 30 monumental platforms made of adobe that "are the biggest of pre-Inca constructions in South America", according to Shimada. He discovered the tomb of the "Señor de Sipán" or Lord of Sipan in the excavations of the "Huaca Loro". The location is rich in historical remains, in ceramic and jewels. The investigations placed Sipán citadel as the largest and most important religious center in the northern area of Peru. Duration: approximately 2 ½ hours.
SIPÁN and HUACA RAJADA: The tour includes a visit to one of the most important discoveries in the past few years, the tomb of a Mochica ruler, later named the Lord of Sipan. The tomb was discovered in 1987 by a small group of Peruvian archaeologists lead by Dr. Walter Alva in the pre-Inca construction called “Huaca Rajada”. The site includes a burial platform and two adobe pyramids that also belonged to the Mochica culture. The findings allowed experts to learn about the burial rituals of a Mochica sovereign who was buried with a warrior, a priest, two women, a boy, a dog, a llama, and a guardian. The burial paraphernalia included numerous items of gold and silver jewelry inlaid with turquoise and lapis lazuli. Duration: approximately 1 ½ hours.
SIPÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and ROYAL TOMBS TOUR: The tour includes a visit to the archaeological site of Sipán and a visit to the Royal Tombs Museum. It gives a complete view of this magnificent discovery, only comparable with the Egyptian culture. Duration: approximately 1 1/2 hours.
SIPÁN and PAMPA GRANDE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES TOUR: The tour includes a visit to the archaeological site of Sipán and Pampagrande. Pampagrande is considered to be one of the most important urban centers of the Moche culture, due to its size and complexity. Between enclosures surrounded by a defensive wall, emerge two pyramids where religious and administrative functions took place. It is believed that the place was densely populated with a vast number of people dedicated to the production of textiles, ceramics and metallurgy. Duration: approximately 3 hours
TUCUME ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX TOUR: The complex is located 25.5 miles north of Chiclayo. Tucume or “Valle de las Pirámides” (Valley of the Pyramids) houses 26 pyramids of the Chimu culture. The most impressive ones are the “Huaca del Pueblo”, “La Raya”, “El Sol”, and “Las Estacas”. According to the legend, the site was founded by Calac, descendant of the mythical god Naymlap. There is also a site Museum. Duration: approximately 2 or 3 hours.
TUCUME and the ROYAL TOMBS TOUR: The tour starts with a visit to the Valley of the Pyramids in Tucume and its museum. Also included is a visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum to have a complete understanding of this magnificent discovery. It also gives a general idea of the Mochica culture that developed throughout the north coast of Peru. Duration: approximately 4 hours.
FULL DAY TOUR to SIPAN, TUCUME AND THE ROYAL TOMBS MUSEUM: This excursion gives a quick view of the attractive archaeological sites of Sipán, Túcume and the Royal Tomb Museum. Duration: approximately 6 hours.
SHAMANISM SESSION: In this nocturnal excursion visitors can observe the witchdoctors or “shamanes” in action. Their prayers, songs and other activities help to cure all manner of real and imagined illnesses or to keep away bad luck. Chiclayo is a town of “shamanes” and they are considered descendants of the lost civilizations of the region. Duration: approximately 2 hours.
The land of sun and eternal springtime. The sun always shines, filling even the most secluded corners of the capital of the department of La Libertad with light. This light brightens the spirit of an affable and cordial people, who live proud of their adobe citadels built by the Chimus and Mochicas; their stately mansions, heritage of colonial times and the beginnings of the Republic; and of the 'marinera', the national dance of Peru, a whirl of sensuality and gallantry from which love is born. It’s in the northern coast of Peru, was founded in 1534 by Don Diego de Almagro, who, on stopping in the valley of the Moche river on his advance toward Pachacamac (Lima), "found the place promising and suitable for founding a city", and named it after the Spanish city where conquistador Francisco Pizarro was born. From the day of its foundation, the city progressed rapidly owing to the productivity of the valley and the tenacity of its people; builders of stately mansions with outstanding artistic window railings in wrought iron, adding a touch of distinction and elegance to Trujillo's architecture. Yet the enchantment of Trujillo goes beyond its colonial past and slips back into the pre-Hispanic period. The city of Chan-Chan is also in the Moche valley, capital of the Kingdom of the Great Chimu, considered the largest city in the world to be built out of mud (adobe) and covering an area over 20 square kilometers square. This massive citadel is only comparable to Teotihuacán in Mexico or the ancient cities of Egypt. The Huaca del Sol, a stepped pyramid 20 meters high; the Huaca de la Luna, with fascinating murals representing the rituals of the Mochicas, and the Complejo del Brujo (El Brujo complex), distinguished for an adobe pyramid 30 meters high and over 15 centuries old, are evidence of the greatness of the first peoples to inhabit the north coast of Peru. Centuries have passed and they have proven Don Diego de Almagro right, as indeed, the Moche valley was promising and suitable for founding a city.
CITY TOUR and UNIVERSITY MUSEUM: The beautiful city of Trujillo has several colonial homes built during the reigns of the viceroys like: "Casa Iturregui", "Casa Urquiaga", "Casa Madelengoitia or Casa de la Emancipation" and “Casa de Orbegozo”. The city has a Cathedral. Its main altar is a classic piece in the baroque style. The Main Square has a prominent sculpture representing Liberty. It is surrounded by a special architecture in the colonial and the republican style with large windows decorated with forged iron. Another place to visit is the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History, which is located in the Risco House, is famous for its patios decorated with murals. It displays a chronological collection of ceramics, metals and textiles showing the development of the most important cultures of the North of Peru: Chavín, Mochica and Chimú. Duration approximately 2½ hours
CHAN CHAN, HUANCHACO and DRAGÓN TOUR:The tour includes a visit to Chan Chan, the imperial city of the pre-Inca culture Chimú. It is considered the largest adobe city in the world and lies about three miles west of Trujillo. In 1986, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The citadel walls enclose an area of 7.7 sq. miles containing the remains of palaces, temples, workshops, streets, houses, gardens and a canal. What is left of the adobe walls bears well-preserve moulded decorations showing small figures of fish, birds and various geometric motifs. The tour also includes a visit to the “Huaca Arco Iris” (Rainbow) also known as the “Huaca El Dragón” and the Huaca Esmeralda. At the end of the tour, there is a visit to Huanchaco beach to see the traditional rafts called "caballitos de totora" (little horses of totora reeds), used by the fishermen in the north coast of Peru since pre-Columbian times. Duration: approximately 3 hours.
EL BRUJO ARCHEOLOGICAL COMPLEX:This archaeological complex is located 37 miles northwest of Trujillo. It is formed by three constructions: Huaca Prieta, Huaca Cao and Huaca Cortada. The Huaca Cao has a pyramidal shape and is 98 ft. tall. Its walls are decorated with complex representations of scenes, characters, and geometric designs, it is the only example found in the Mochica culture. The most famous image is the “Head Slaughterer”, one of the most important polychromatic friezes. Duration: approximately 3 hours.
HUACA del SOL and HUACA de la LUNA TOUR: This Mochica archaeological complex is located 4 miles southeast of Trujillo in the Moche Valley. The site consist of two pyramids called “Huaca del Sol” and “Huaca de la Luna”. Tha Huaca del Sol was once the largest man-made structure in the western hemisphere, reaching a height of 148 ft. The ceremonial platforms offer a good view over the valley. The Huaca de la Luna is the only site where the fascinating brightly coloured moulded decorations found on the interior walls of the huacas can be easily viewed. The yellow , white, red and black paint has faded little over the centuries and many feet of the intricate geometric patterns, fearsome feline deities and the representation of the Moche god ”Aipaec" known as "the Degollador" are virtually complete. Huaca del Sol functioned as the political-administrative center, and Huaca de la Luna as the ceremonial center. The urban zone is located between the two. These components confirm the high level of political, religious, economic, and social organization of the Moches. Duration: approximately 2 ½ hours.
CITY TOUR WITH CHAN CHAN, HUANCHACO and DRAGÓN: The tour includes a visit to the beautiful city of Trujillo, as well as the ruins of Chan Chan, the Huaca Dragón and Huanchaco beach. Duration: approximately 4 ½ hours.
CHICLAYO, SIPÁN, ROYAL TOMB and TRUJILLO TOUR: This is a full day tour to Chiclayo visiting the archaeological site of Sipán, the Royal Tombs Museum and the city of Trujillo. Duration: approximately 6 hours.