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Treasures of the North


Treasures of the North

Peru Holidays - Gold and turquoise statue from Sipán

Casa Andina
1 night
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4 days from £875

excluding flights




The Northern coastal regions of Peru boast a range of superb archaeological treasures from pre-Inca times, including the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon from the Moche civilisation and the stunning gold and silver artefacts from the tomb of the 'Lord of Sipán, discovered only in 1987. This add-on tour begins and ends in Lima and can be combined easily with any of our classic Peru itineraries.


DAY 1 - Fly from Lima to Chiclayo.  Tucumé.

You will be collected from your Lima hotel and driven to the airport for the morning flight to Chiclayo, where you will be met and taken to your hotel.  In the afternoon visit the evocative ruins of Tucumé, a magnificent complex of 26 adobe pyramids that once formed part of an extensive urban centre, believed to have been capital of the sophisticated Sicán culture.  From the lookout point on the Cerro La Raya ('Stingray Hill') you will enjoy a spectacular view over the ruins and the entire valley.

Peru Holidays - Tomb of the Lord of SipánDAY 2 - Temple of Sipán.  Royal Tombs Museum.  Drive to Trujillo.

After breakfast you will head for the incredible archaeological site of Huaca Rajada, an hour's drive east of Chiclayo, where the tomb of one of the Moche ruling elite, the 'Lord of Sipán', was found in 1987.  The fabulous objects in gold, silver and precious stones found here have drawn comparisons with the treasure of Tutankhamun in Egypt.  You will visit the Royal Tombs Museum, built specifically to house the these wonderful discoveries; this is a really top class museum, beautifully laid out, and contains the treasures, not only of the Lord of Sipán, but also of the more recently-discovered 'Old Lord of Sipán', dating from 200 years earlier.  Continue south to the city of Trujillo, stopping en route at a local restaurant for lunch.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

Peru Holidays - Chan ChanDAY 3 - The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.  Chan Chan.  Huanchaco.

This morning you will explore some of the most important pre-Inca sites in the country.  You will begin by visiting the remaining traces of the ancient Moche culture, which achieved levels of sophistication unmatched anywhere in the Americas.  The Pyramid of the Sun is currently off limits to tourists but can be viewed from the grounds below, while the Pyramid of the Moon will take your breath away with its amazing reliefs of the many Moche anthropomorphic deities, expertly carved into the walls of the interconnected patios.  After a brief look at the site's excellent small museum continue to the extensive 12th century ruins of Chan Chan (pictured), the social and administrative centre of the Chimú civilisation which was the largest mud-built city in the Americas with a population of more than 100,000 at its zenith.  Next head to the coastal resort of Huanchaco, well known for its unique fishing vessels made of totora reeds; these strange one-man constructions have been used here since the days of the Moche.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

DAY 4 - Fly back to Lima.

You will be taken to the airport for your return flight to Lima to connect with your homeward flight or stay on for further arrangements in Peru.
Meals included: Full breakfast.


Depending on the timings of your international flights, you may require day room or overnight accommodation in Lima.  We are happy to book this for you; please ask for details.

Peru Holidays: Treasures of the North (Reference: WDPR007)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures


All year
Lima/Chiclayo and
Trujillo/Lima flights
(if not included in your
international air ticket)


Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities.
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transfer in Lima on day 1.  Private transportation with an English-speaking driver/guide from Chiclayo to Trujillo.
  • All sightseeing as shown, including entrance fees.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Flights within Peru (Lima/Chiclayo and Trujillo/Lima).  Please refer to the price grid above).
  • Tipping.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your Peru holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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