Day 1: Arrival in Trujillo
Upon your morning arrival in the city of Trujillo, we will transport you to your hotel. Afterwards drive to the Moche ruins of Huaca Del Sol and Huaca de la Luna. Huaca Del Sol functioned as the political-administrative center, and Huaca de la Luna as the ceremonial center of this amazing ruin complex. We will head to Huanchaco, one of the most popular beaches along the coast of Peru for surfers. Here you will see the traditional rafts called the ''caballitos de totora'' (little horses of totora reeds), used by the fishermen in the north coast of Peru since pre-Columbian times. Our tour will then continue to the Chimu adobe city of Chan Chan, the world's largest city built from that adobe giving the structure a surreal feel. It is sometimes called Ciudad de la Luna (City of the Moon) because the ancient inhabitants worshipped the moon; or La Ciudad de las Largas Murallas (the City of the Long Walls). In size and complexity, it has been compared with Teotihuacan in Mexico, and the ancient cities of Egypt. In 1986, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Transport back to Trujillo to overnight in your selected hotel.
Day 2: Trujillo – Chiclayo
Early in the morning we take the comfortable public bus transport to the city of Chiclayo located 3 hours’ drive from Trujillo. Up on arrival, transfer to the selected hotel and we start our today’s tour with a drive to Sipan, where the tomb of the Lord of Sipan was discovered in 1987. The Lord reigned over the Moche culture around 200 A.D. and the discovery of his gold-laden tomb is considered one of the most important archaeological finds in the Americas. Our tour will continue to the town of Lambayeque to visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, where many of the Lord of Sipan riches are displayed. After lunch (on your own) we will make a visit to the 26 pre-Columbian pyramids of Tucume. It was here that Norwegian explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl discovered burial sites, textiles, and depictions of reed boats, proving that the ancient people of Tucume were experienced sea voyagers and traders, and inspiring the epic cross-pacific adventure he underwent. Transport back to your selected hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Chiclayo transfer out
Morning transfer to the airport (or bus station) for your return flight from Chiclayo. Breakfast.
All shared transfers, shared Spanish / English speaking guide, entrance fees, noted meals.