Coastal Cultures of Peru in Comfort

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Coastal Cultures of Peru in Comfort information and booking

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$2890
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    6-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 day trip
  • 7 nights 4 star and boutique hotel
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required includes comfortable walking shoes and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Visiting Sipan and some of the finest royal tombs uncovered in the Americas
  • Explore Chan Chan, the largest ancient mud city in the world
  • Experience the famous ancient geoglyphs, the Nazca Lines
  • Huacachina Oasis and sand dunes in Ica
  • Visit Larco Herrera Museum and the Bruning Museum
  • Boat journey to the Ballestas Islands

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This captivating journey begins in bustling Lima, with a visit to the Larco Herrara Museum to view treasures from ancient times. Peru is made up of three major regions: the wide Andean mountains, the Amazon Basin and the narrow coastal belt, which is the focus of this journey. Although there are some places along "La Costa" that are fertile, the majority of this region is made up of spectacular stone deserts and sand dunes. The ancient Moche, Chimu and Lambayeque cultures of this region were shaped by this region and have left an indelible mark on the magnificent landscapes. From museums to the 'real thing' we visit the archaeological sites of the Valley of the Pyramids of Túcume, Sipán, the funeral tomb of the Lord of Sipán and Huaca Las Balsas. We'll explore the city of Chan Chan, which was the capital of the Chimu Empire and is America's largest pre-Hispanic mud-brick settlement, as well as the Temples of the Sun and Moon built at the time of the Moche culture (100 BC-650AD). The famous Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs found in the Nazca Desert are sure to captivate and the beautiful Huacachina Oasis, built around a small natural lake in the desert is also a highlight. Our adventure culminates in Paracas where we'll marvel at the wildlife rich Ballestas Islands by boat, before returning to Lima.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches
  • Airport transfer on day 1 and day 8
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Stylish 3.5 to 4 star and boutique hotels
  • Private internal transportation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • Boat trip to ballestas islands (not a private service)

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Lima
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel where you are free to rest or just wander around Miraflores, the area of Lima where your hotel is located. Some of Lima’s best galleries, shops and restaurants are found in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. Overnight in Lima, your accommodation is the Casa Andina Private Collection.
Day 2 Visit the Larco Herrera Museum, fly to Chiclayo
After checking out of your hotel you will have a morning city tour of old and new Lima. You then visit the Larco Herrera Museum for an overview of the history of Peru. In the late afternoon you will have a transfer to the airport for a flight north to Chiclayo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Casa Andina Select hotel.
Day 3 Visit the Valley of the Pyramids of Túcume, Huaca Las Balsas and Brüning Museum
After breakfast you leave the city's lovely colonial architecture and drive to the Valley of the Pyramids of Túcume. You will also visit the recently opened Huaca Las Balsas whose walls are decorated with waves and seabirds, anthropomorphic birds and gods sailing on reed canoes. The huge desert site of Tucume covers an area of over 540 acres. It is famous for its many massive pyramids that were studied for many years by the great explorer Thor Hyerdahl. You return to Chiclayo for a late lunch at the famous restaurant Fiesta Gourmet. After lunch you visit to the famous Brüning Museum, which contains a superb collection of the many fine artefacts found in this fascinating region. Overnight at the Casa Andina Select hotel.
Day 4 To Sipán, Trujillo and visit the El Brujo complex
This morning you will transfer to the town of Sipán to visit to Huaca Rajada and the multilevel royal funeral tomb of the Lord of Sipán, a Moche royal figure buried more than 1,700 years ago. Today you will also visit the superb site museum to see one of the most treasured collection of artefacts found anywhere in the world. From here you drive south along the coast to Trujillo, a city of rich colonial architecture and very important archaeological centres of the pre-Inca era. On the way you will visit the superb El Brujo complex, which rises about 98 feet above the surrounding desert and covers an area of roughly 330 by 330 feet. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador.
Day 5 To Huanchaco, visit site of Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon
You have an early morning drive down to the sea at the traditional fishing 'port' of Huanchaco to watch the traditional fishermen using their 'caballitos' - traditional 'reed' surf fishing boats. You then visit the stunning site at Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon. Chan Chan is the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America. This famous archaeological site, constructed of adobe brick, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador.
Day 6 Fly to Lima, drive to Nazca
This morning you transfer to the airport for early morning flight to Lima. From here you drive to Nazca and overnight at Hotel Nazca.
Day 7 Drive to Ica to visit the Huacachina Oasis and on to Paracas
Today you have the option of an overflight of the famous Nazca Lines (this flight is optional and not included in the trip price). These famous geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert truly spark one's interest in knowing how and why they were made. You will also visit a traditional ceramics workshop before driving to Ica to visit the Huacachina Oasis, and a pisco distillery. Pisco is truly Peruvian and a Pisco Sour is the national cocktail. From here you drive to your overnight accommodation at the Paracas DoubleTree Resort.
Day 8 Boat to Ballestas Islands, return to Lima, trip concludes
You have a short drive to the small port of Paracas for a boat journey out to the fabulous Ballestas Islands - Peru's mini-Galapagos. This is a very memorable excursion. The only way to access the Islas Ballestas is by boat, and you will cruise around the islands' arches and caves watching sea lions and a variety of birdlife. Your journey almost complete, you then return to the Lima airport for your flight out. The trip concludes at the Lima airport.