An incredible extension to your Peru holiday. Track down Peru’s Paddington Bear and discover the incredible history of the Moche. Gold, pyramids, shaman and tombs in surprising North Peru.
|Day 1||Lima to Trujilo|
|Day 2||Trujilo to Chaparri|
|Day 3||Chaparri to Chiclayo|
|Day 4||Lord of Sipan Museum|
Travel from Lima to the colonial city of Trujilo. From there, discover the colorful friezes in the Moche pyramids of Huaca de la Luna and Sol. Next, head to the Pacific shore to wander the passageways of the pre-Inca city of Chan Chan; the largest adobe city ever built. Enjoy some of the finest Peruvian seafood in the seaside resort of Huanchaco and watch fishermen head out on their distinctive reed boats. Finish the day by visiting some of the beautifully preserved colonial mansions of the city. Spend the night in your luxury hotel right on the grand main plaza of Trujilo.
Continue your discovery of the Moche culture at the temple of El Brujo. This site featured in National Geographic magazine after the sensational discovery a female mummy believed to be a tattooed priestess, or shaman, buried with her own finery and ceremonial goods, as the Pharaohs of Egypt were. After lunch, enjoy a display of traditional Paso horses before continuing on to the peaceful oasis of Chaparri. If the Paddington Bear of Peru is the Spectacled Bear, then this is the best place to see them in their natural habitat. Enjoy the absolute peace of this refuge for many varieties of wildlife and fall asleep listening to the sound of the birds and nothing else.
Share the enthusiasm and love of nature of the guides who have grown up on this wonderful and rarely visited reserve. Spend the morning walking the trails and spotting wild birds such as the White-winged Guan, Military Macaw and Andean Condor.
After lunch, head out to the fascinating site of Sipan; scene of some audacious grave robbing and the incredibly rich tombs of the Lord of Sipan; one of the most sensational finds in recent archaeology. Continue on to Chiclayo to overnight in this bustling tropical city.
For some amazing views, we head to Túcume and enjoy the atmosphere of a pleasant north-coast oasis, home to 26 pre-Columbian adobe buildings. Continue to Lambayeque for a sensational visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. This modern museum was purpose built to house the priceless objects unearthed at Sipan. From Chiclayo you will head to the airport for your onward flight.
More on the Moche
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.
Extend for 4 days to visit Kuelap and Chachapoyas where you can see Gotca waterfall that was only discovered relatively recently
Include a visit to Chaparri ecological reserve to see Spectacled Bears – the inspiration for Paddington Bear
Domestic flights are included in the price and we can also arrange your international flights.
Lima is Peru’s international airport and is well served by European and North American airlines. From May 2016 BA start direct flights from London Gatwick to Lima.