NORTH ORIENTAL PERU EXPEDITION
14 day Journey through archaeology, culture,
nature and culinary art
Americas civilization starts in North Peruand it has thousands of archaeological sites.
There is more flora and fauna than in any other part of the country.
During the tour we will travel through 7 of the 11 eco-regions of Peru,
covering the cold waterfront of the Pacific ocean, coastal desert, dry equatorial forest,
tropical Pacific forest, the mountain steppes, the highlands and cloud forests.
The high diversity of ecosystems has permitted the development of many human groups
with defined cultural properties like dances, music, traditions, technological achievements
and a remarkable and diverse culinary art.
The northern Peruvian kitchen is considered as the best in the country,
within varieties and endemic flavors.
Day 1 Lima (161 m) - Caral (350 m)
Early departure from Lima over the Pan-American highway via Huacho to the Supe valley.
Visit Americas oldest city Caral, about 182 km north of Lima. The holy city extends
over 66 has and dates back to 2500 B.C. (200 day-km)
Overnight at Hotel Chavin **
Caral, oldest civilization in America
Day 2 Barranca (150 m) - Casma (39 m) - Trujillo (36 m)
Drive from Barranca to Chanquillo, oldest sun calendar in America (approx. 300 B.C.).
Continue to Sechin. The ceremonial temple Sechín is older than Chavin (approx. 1200 B.C.) and
his outside facade shows warriors, prisoners and sacrifices. One of Peru´s oldest cultures.
Continue drive to Trujillo (370 day-km).
Overnight at Hotel Paraíso*** or Hotel Libertador ****
Sun calendar Chanquillo
Day 3 Trujillo (36 m)
Walking city tour in colonial Trujillo. Drive to the sun & moon temple in the Moche valley.
This impressive temple is decorated with relieves and wall paintings of the Moche (200-800 DC).
Lunch at the fisher village Huanchaco. “Fishermen show” with their Caballitos de totora (reed boats).
In the afternoon visit to Chan-Chan, largest adobe built city in the word
and once capitol oft he Chimu empire (1100 - 1470 DC).
Overnight at Hotel Paraíso*** or Hotel Libertador****
Chan Chan relieves
Moon temple relieves
Day 4 Trujillo (36 m) – Cajamarca (2750 m)
Visit to the archaeological complex “El Brujo”, located on the pacific coast.
In 2006 the “Señora de Cao” was found in the temple of Huaca Cao. For the first time in history
an artificial Moche mummy was rescued by archaeologists.
The recently opened Museo Cao shows all findings of the complex.
Leaving the coast towards the highlands to reach the last Inca city Cajamarca (330 day/km).
Overnight at Hotel El Ingenio *** or Hotel Costa del Sol****
Wall paintings Huaca Cao
Lady of Cao
Day 5 Cajamarca (2750 m)
Visit to the necropolis Otuzco, a secondary cemetery of diverse cultures used for over 2400 years.
In the afternoon city tour in Cajamarca, visit to see the cathedral, the San Francisco church, the
Apolonia hill and the famous rescue room which the Incas filled with gold and silver to liberate their
leader Atahualpa (20 day-km)
Overnight at Hotel El Ingenio*** or Hotel Costa del Sol****
Necropolis of Otuzco
Day 6 Cajamarca (2750 m ) – Leymebamba (2150 m)
Drive from Cajamarca on affirmed tracks over a 3068m pass, down to the picturesque town of
Celendin at 2600 m. Then come the most incredible landscapes on the way to the village Balsas (710 m)
where we cross the Marañon River and the Chachapoyas kingdom starts. Continue the drive over
the Calla Calla (3680 m) and down on the other side to the village Leymebamba for overnight in a basic Hostel,
but with all commodities. (330 day-km). Overnight at Casona de Leymebamba
Land scape closed to Leymebamba
Road to Balsas and the Marañon river
Day 7 TREKKING Leymebamba (2150 m) - Laguna de los Cóndores (2700 m)
Early morning , leaving with horses and mules and by foot over mountains, jungle,
streams and passes (3800 m) towards the condor lake. After 10 hours we will reach the cabin to
rest and have dinner while the camp will be set up. On the way you will have your lunch box
and watch beautiful sceneries.
Overnight at Camp.
Horse riding to the Laguna de los Cóndores
Day 8 TREKKING Laguna de los Cóndores (2700 m)
After having a good night rest hike to the mausoleums where the 219 mommies
were found and rescued in 1998. Visit to the ruins of Llactacocha village closed to the lake
and maybe catch some trout for additional dinner.
Overnight at Camp.
Mausoleums at the Laguna de los Cóndores
Day 9 TREKKING Laguna de los Cóndores (2700 m) – Leymebamba (2150 m)
Return on horseback to Leymebamba (aprox.8 hours).
Overnight at Casona de Leymebamba
Laguna de los Cóndores
Day 10 Leymebamba (2280 m) - Revash (2650 m) – Chachapoyas (2335 m)
Visit to the mummy museum of Leymebamba (Centro Mallqui) with the findings of the “Laguna de
los Cóndores”. Exhibition of the 219 mummies, which were rescued by an Austrian expedition in 2001.
Afterwards 2 hours walk from the village San Bartolo to Revash, a mausoleum build in a mountain cliff
with red and white painted funeral houses of the Chachapoyas around 1100 D.C.
Overnight at Hotel Villa Paris ***
Mausoleums of Revash
Day 11 Kuélap 3000 m
72 km southwest of Chachapoyas is located Kuélap, the holy fortified city of the Chachapoyas
(cloud warriors). The city is build on a mountain platform and its containment walls reach
20 meters of height. More than 500 circle stone houses, distributed in 3 levels, were built during
1000 years by the Chachapoyas.
Some of them are decorated with typical Chachapoyas motives like routes or zigzag.
Kuélap was discovered 166 years ago, long before Machu Picchu, but yet liberated from the jungle
a couple of decades ago. The Chachapoyas (cloud warriors) were for a long time a thorn in the eye
of the Incas, which have tried more than once to conquer and integrate them in the Tahuantinsuyo.
Overnight at Hotel Villa Paris***
Day 12 Chachapoyas (2335 m) – Gocta (2100 m) – Jaén (729 m)
Journey to San Pablo de Valera, a little village around 33 km of the city Chachapoyas,
where the excursion to GOCTA starts; the third highest waterfall in the world. (By foot, mule or horse).
This waterfall was measured and marketed by the German Stefan Ziemendorff in the year 2006. On the way, incredible flora and fauna can be observed, with endemic species of birds and mammals like
the yellow tailed woolen monkey. Also the cock of the rock and the marvelous humming bird are
part of the environment. After lunch in the village continuous drive to Jaen for overnight. (170 day-km)
Overnight at Hotel El Bosque ***
Day 13 Jaén (729 m) – Túcume (50 m) – Chiclayo (29 m)
Drive to Túcume, the valley of the 26 pyramids built by the Lambayeque culture more than 900
years ago. 3 cultures occupied the pyramids during 432 years: The Lambayeque
(1100 - 1370 A. C.), the Chimu (1370 – 1470 A.C.) and the Incas (1470 - 1532 A.C). Between
1989 and 1994, Thor Heyerdahl started the Túcume Archaeological Project, based on a
convention between the Kontiki Museum of Oslo and the National
Institute of culture in Peru. After lunch visit at the National Museum Sicán where all kind of
artifacts ( gold, silver, copper and ceramics) which were found in the excavations in the Huacas
El Oro and Ventanas of the Pomac Forest can be observed. (326 day-km) Farewell dinner
at Marakos Grill
Overnight at Hotel Casa de la Luna*** o Hotel Costa del Sol****
Huaca Larga - Pyramids of Túcume
Day 14 Chiclayo (29 m) – Lima (161 m)
Visit to Ventarrón, a 4500 year old temple, with the oldest wall painting of America.
Continue to Huaca Rajada archaeological complex of Sipán, where the Archaeologist Walter Alva rescued in
1987 the richest tomb in the world after Tutanchamon. In 2007, 20 years later, a new tomb was excavated
by Alva. All artifacts of the warrior high priest are now exhibited in the new site Museum of Sipán.
After lunch visit to the most modern and best Museum of America, the “Tumbas Reales de Sipán“,
where the treasures of the Lord are exhibited. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Lima.
Yellow tailed woolen monkey
NORTHERN CULINARY ART
For the 3 day trek to the condor lake (Laguna de los Cóndores) you should be in
good physical shape.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING ON THE TOUR
Sun Screen min. PH 35
Insect repellent (Deed)
Hat or Baseball cap
Rubber Boots (up to size 9 are available in Chachapoyas)
Raingear (jacket and pants)
Summer and autumn clothing
By your health ministry recommended medicines and vaccinations
Personal health insurance
Tour Operator & DMC Perú
Tel 51 1 4472741