Hidden Treasures of Northern Peru

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Hidden Treasures of Northern Peru information and booking

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

  • 16 day trip
  • 12 nights hotel
  • 3 nights lodge
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required includes walking boots and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Marvelling at Gocta Falls, highest waterfall in Peru
  • Exploring the ancient citadel of Kuelap
  • Visiting Sipan & some of the finest royal tombs uncovered in the Americas
  • The huge desert site of Tucume & its famous pyramids
  • Chan Chan, the largest ancient mud city in the world
  • Captivating walks amongst the spectacular mountain scenery of Cordillera Blanca & Chiquian

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This extraordinary touring adventure explores little visited treasures, hidden fortresses and spectacular mountain scenery, uncovering Northern Peru at its best. We commence in Lima and fly across the Andes to Chiclayo, where pre Incan civilisations prospered for centuries. From here we venture further north to the village of Cocachimba, our base for a foray through the cloud forest to the spectacular Gocta falls, the highest in Peru. The ancient citadel of Kuelap, centrepiece of the pre Incan Chachapoyas culture and one of the most impressive buildings anywhere in the Andes is next on the agenda. A breathtaking drive will bring us to one of the finest royal tombs ever uncovered in the Americas at Sipan, followed by exploration of the huge desert site of Tucume, whose massive pyramids enthralled the great explorer Thor Hyerdahl. Our journey will take us to the small fishing port of Huaca de la Luna, whose people venture into the surf to fish from their totora reed boats and on to the largest ancient mud city in the world - Chan Chan. We'll venture on to Huaraz, nestled amongst the Cordillera Blanca and Chiquian where walks amongst the mountains will captivate and inspire. We will take in some of the best mountain views in the Huayhuash range from Suerococha, where the soaring peaks of Ronday and Yerupaja pierce the sky. Our odyssey through the cultural and natural wonders of Northern Peru will conclude in Lima.

What's included

  • 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Airport transfer on day 1 and day 11
  • Expert bilingual local guides
  • Medical kit
  • Comfortable and centrally located hotels and lodges
  • Private transportation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed


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 our 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 Lima.
Day 2 Fly to Chiclayo
After checking out of our hotel in Lima you are transferred to the airport for your flight across the Andes to the northern coastal city of Chiclayo. On arrival you are transferred to your hotel for your overnight accommodation. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city's lovely colonial architecture and delicious seafood specialties. Overnight Chiclayo.
Day 3 Drive to Cocachimba
Today we venture further north to the village of Cochachimba. We'll make an early departure this morning for the drive ahead. Along the way we'll enjoy a picnic lunch and will make plenty of stops to stretch our legs and admire the scenery. On arrival to Cochachimba we'll check into our well appointed lodge for the night. Overnight Cocachimba.
Day 4 Walk through the cloud forest to Gocta falls, drive to Chachapoyas
After an early breakfast we head off for a walk (approx 2 hours) through the classic eastern slope cloud forest to the superb sight of the twin Gocta Falls. One of the falls is 770m high making them the highest in Peru and 4th highest in the world! After spending time in this superb setting we walk back to our lodge for lunch. After lunch we drive to Chachapoyas where we'll be based for the next couple of nights. Overnight Chachapoyas.
Day 5 Visit the ancient fortress of Kuelap
After breakfast we depart for a 2 to 3 hour drive to the ancient fortress of Kuelap which is the centre piece of the remarkable Chachapoyas culture. Even though this culture (also known as the Cloud Forest people) were one of the most advanced to develop from the jungle regions of Peru, and have left behind some of the most impressive pre-Incan buildings anywhere in the Andes, little is currently known about them. After exploring this amazing site for a few hours we enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to our accommodation in Chachapoyas. Overnight Chachapoyas.
Day 6 Drive to Chiclayo
Today we head back for the long but spectacular drive from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo. Along the way we'll pass through a myriad of landscapes and will make plenty of stops including a picnic lunch. On arrival to Chiclayo we'll check into our hotel for the next couple of night's accommodation. Overnight Chiclayo.
Day 7 Visit Sipan and the pyramids at Tucume
After breakfast we head off on a guided tour of the Brunning Museum in Sipan which contains a superb collection of the many fine artifacts found in this fascinating region. We then visit the site of the most famous excavation in this are at Sipan where Walter Alva discovered one of the finest royal tombs ever uncovered in the Americas. It also has a superb site museum. After lunch we head out to the huge desert site of Tucume. Covering an area of over 540 acres Tucume is famous for its many massive pyramids that were studied for many years by the great explorer Thor Hyerdahl. Overnight Chiclayo.
Day 8 Drive to Trujillo via El Brujo
After breakfast we start our drive south to Trujillo. On the way we visit the impressive site of El Brujo which rises about 98 feet above the surrounding desert and covers an area of roughly 330 by 330 feet. We also visit its site museum where we discover the unique Senora de Cao, the first known Governess in Peru. We reach Trujillo this afternoon where we'll be based the next couple of nights. The rest of the day is at at leisure to explore this city of rich colonial architecture and very important archaeological centers of the pre-Inca era. Overnight Trujillo.
Day 9 Visit Huaca de la Luna and Chan Chan
We have a full morning to visit the Huaca de la Luna, "Temple or Shrine of the Moon", and the small fishing port on the beach of Huanchaco famed for the fisherman who head out into the surf to fish from their frail totora reed boats. After lunch we have the afternoon to explore, Chan Chan, the largest ancient mud city in the world! A unique site famed for its beautiful wall murals and its sheer size, it covers an area of approximately 20 km² and was built by the Chimu around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in AD 1470. It is estimated that around 30,000 people lived in the city of Chan Chan. Overnight Trujillo.
Day 10 To Huaraz
Today we have a full day's drive to Huaraz including a stop at the very narrow and spectacular Canon del Pato (Duck Gorge) where we take a couple of short walks and enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch we continue on to the city of Huaraz, set at the foot of the spectacular Cordillera Blanca. Here we check in to our hotel where we'll stay for the next couple of nights. Overnight Huaraz.
Day 11 Day walk around Huaraz
Huaraz is a scenic town with views directly up to the highest peak in Peru, Huascaran (6768m). Huaraz and the mountain range in which it sits, the Cordillera Blanca, are considered by many, to be one of South America's most beautiful mountainous areas known for it's spectacular scenery, lakes, snowy mountains, dramatic waterfalls and trekking routes. Today we plan to drive to the turquoise blue glacier lake, Laguna 69 (4600m), for some great walking and spectacular views to the summits of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Huandoy, Yanapaccha and Chacraraju. This afternoon we return to Huaraz for the night. Overnight Huaraz.
Day 12 Drive to Laguna Wilkacocha for day walk and on to Chiquian
This morning we check out of our hotel in Huaraz and drive to Laguna Wilkacocha for another day of spectacular walking. We have lunch en-route before continuing to the village of Chiquian (3400m). We'll spend the next two nights here in local lodge accommodation. Overnight Chiquian.
Day 13 To Llamac, walk to Jahuacocha and return to Chiquian
This morning we drive to the village of Llamac (3320m) and then walk to Jahuacocha where there is a small community settlement. From here there is also the option of walking further on to Jahuacocha Lake (4065m). The view of Huayhuash from this vantage point truly encapsulates its beauty and is a real highlight. You may also get the chance to see some of the locals from the small community settlement fishing for trout in the lake here, as its something they often do in their spare time. This afternoon we take the drive back to our lodge in Chiquian. Overnight Chiquian.
Day 14 Walk to Rondoy Pass and visit Suerococha
After breakfast we check out from our lodge in Chiquian and drive to the trailhead where we begin today's walk. We ascend up a fairly steep path to Rondoy Pass (4750m) where we visit Suerococha for amazing views of the surrounding snow peaks of Rondoy, Ninashancam, Hirishanca and the famous Yerupaja. Later this afternoon we return to Huaraz where we'll spend the night and enjoy a farewell meal together. Overnight Huaraz.
Day 15 Drive to Lima
Our journey almost complete, we make our way south by private vehicle to the coast once again - a full day's travel. On arrival to Lima we check into our hotel for the night. Overnight Lima.
Day 16 In Lima, trip concludes
Trip concludes in Lima after breakfast.