Welcome to Northern Peru

Northern Peru is vast, so take your time as you explore its captivating corners and diverse communities. Spend some time sunning and surfing in Mánorca, wander the intricate ruins of Kuélap near Chachapoyas, hike the mountains and valleys of the Cordillera Blanca – the world's second highest mountain range – on the Santa Cruz Trek, and spot the many-hued birds in the national reserve along the Río Tambopata.

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$270 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Sinchicuy Lodge

Enjoy three days and two nights at the Sinchicuy Lodge in the beautiful Amazon on this tour from Iquitos! You'll be transferred from the Iquitos International Airport by your guide to a speedboat on the Amazon River, one of the world's largest rivers. Your 3-day adventure begins with a canoe ride to Nueno Pero, a small Yagua community. Tour the Santa Maria del Ojeal farmlands, enjoy early-morning bird watching, take a motorboat cruise along the Amazon River, and hike through the jungle. Discover unique plants and wildlife while learning about the habitat and ecosystems of the Amazon with your expert guide.See the Itinerary field below for a more detailed tour description.

$460 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge

Spend three days in the Amazon Jungle on this exciting Iquitos adventure! You'll be picked up at the Iquitos International Airport and whisked away to the Heliconia Lodge by speedboat on an approximately 1.5-hour ride. Located on the Amazon River, Heliconia Lodge is where you'll sleep and eat all your meals. Your three days in Iquitos will be busy, yet fun! Hike into the Yanamono Reserve, cruise down the Amazon River, enjoy early-morning bird watching, visit a small riverside town, interact with locals, spot native tropical wildlife and more!See the Itinerary field below for a more detailed tour description.

$415 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tamishiyacu Reserve, Curassow Amazon Lodge 3-Day Wildlife Tour

Explore the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Communal Reserve, one of the best spots in the Amazon rainforest to observe wildlife. This tour takes you into virgin jungle where you will go on nature hiking, fishing, canoeing, navigating the Amazon River, birdwatching, wildlife spotting as primates, river dolphins and alligators. This all-inclusive tour combines nature and wildlife with a comfortable accommodation at Curassow Amazon Lodge.See the Itinerary below for a detailed tour description.

$688 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazon Jungle 4-Day Adventure from Iquitos

Day 1: Transfer Iquitos - Jungle Lodge & Activities in the Amazon Jungle (L/D)Arrive to Iquitos before 9am. Transfer from the airport arrivals lounge to Iquitos (or hotel to the office) for shopping and last-minute coordination. Transfer to the port for a 3-hour boat ride from Iquitos up the Amazon River. Upon arrival, get settled at your lodge and enjoy a buffet lunch.Take an afternoon boat trip to Lake Sapote to see different birds, and then head to Moena lagoon, where you'll look for sloths, monkeys, squirrels, and dusky titi monkeys. After watching a sunset over the "forest of mirrors," head to the lodge for a dinner buffet. In the evening, take a boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds, and mammals.Day 2: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)Have an early breakfast before setting off on a nature hike. Taste the water contained within the vines of the Uncaria tomentosa (cat's claw) plant. You'll also see the world's smallest monkey, the pigmy marmoset, as well as squirrels and tamarin monkeys. If you're lucky, you'll see the howler monkey, whose deafening roar can be heard many miles away. Enjoy a lunch buffet back at the lodge, then take a boat trip to the lakes Purura and Corrientes and catch different kinds of fish, including the famous piranha (more difficult in March, April, May). This is an area that has many strangler vines, and is a favorite spot of the "hoatzin" bird (also known as the "shansho"). Return to the lodge for a dinner buffet. At night, take a walk in search of huge frogs, the anaconda´s favorite food, and the local tarantulas.Day 3: Activities in the Amazon Jungle (B/L/D)Rise early and have breakfast before embarking on a 5-hour hike near the lodge, allowing you to appreciate the immense variety of flora and fauna that exist in the area. Reach the black waters creek (between the rivers Tahuayo-Yanayacu). You'll stop for lunch served outdoors, allowing you to enjoy the virgin atmosphere of this Amazon jungle site. Share the late afternoon with the friendly people of the jungle, in the village of San Juan de Yanayacu. Return to the lodge for a dinner buffet. On your last night, take a night canoe trip to feel the sounds and animals of the jungle more closely.Day 4: Activities in the Amazon Jungle & Return to Iquitos (B/L)Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning while cruising on the Amazon River. During this boat trip, you'll experience the most magical moment of your trip, during which  you'll swim in the same river where the pink and gray dolphins are known to congregate. On the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia.After enjoying one more lunch buffet, sail three hours back to Iquitos and get dropped off at the hotel or airport. Please plan to fly out of Iquitos after 6pm.

$108.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Trujillo: Chan Chan, Huanchaco, and Temples Archaeology Tour

Your day trip from Trujillo starts with hotel pickup for the 15-minute drive south of town to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). When you arrive, you'll learn about the Moche people, the civilization that inhabited northern Peru from the 1st to 8th centuries and built the two temples you have come to see. Explore the site with your guide, enjoying close-up views of both temples and learning about their history and significance. Built out of adobe brick, both the Sun and Moon temples played important roles in the life of the Moche; archeologists think that the stepped Temple of the Sun was used for administrative and military purposes, while the terraced Temple of the Moon provided religious and ceremonial functions. Admire the impressive frescoes that adorn the walls of the Temple of the Moon, and marvel at the size of the Temple of the Sun, which is the bigger of the two.Next, continue your day trip to Huaco el Dragon, the Temple of the Dragon, also known as Huaco del Arco Iris, or Temple of the Rainbow. As you enter the site, you’ll be transitioning from the Moche to the Chimú, a civilization that developed in northern Peru around 900 AD, after the Moche died out, and inhabited the region until the Incas came in the 1400s. With your guide, admire the adobe pyramid’s intricate frieze detailing before leaving for your next destination, Huanchaco, about a 20-minute drive west.Located on the coast, Huanchaco is a fishing village and beach town known for its caballitos de totora (little reed horses), small boats made out of reed that have been used by fishermen in Peru for 3,000 years. Learn about their interesting history from your guide (there is some debate that these tiny watercraft — ridden like a horse — constituted the first form of riding waves, aka surfing), and then have lunch at a local seafood restaurant. After lunch, head to your last stop of the day, the former Chimú capital of Chan Chan. This World Heritage-listed ancient city is South America’s largest pre-Columbian city and was the center of Chimú politics and culture from approximately 900 to 1470, when it was conquered by the Incan Empire. Tour the 7-square-mile (18-sq-km) archeological site with your guide, checking out its shrines, cemeteries, barns, reservoirs and ceremonial plazas. Learn about its structure of adobe brick and mud; marvel at its expansive, walled design; and visit the Nik-An Palace, a complex that features ceremonial courtyards and walls adorned with friezes. Your day trip ends with hotel drop-off in Trujillo.

$68.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Chiclayo to Sican Museum and Batan Grande Site Half-Day Tour

After hotel pickup, head with your guide about 22 miles (35 km) north of Chiclayo to the Pómac Forest Historical Sanctuary (Santuario Histórico Bosque de Pómac), an area of protected algarrobo trees that cover the grounds of Batan Grande, an old sugar cane farm where the Sicán archeological ruins are located. You have about 1.5 hours here to explore with your guide. Admire the dozens of ancient pyramids built by the Sicán people, who inhabited this region from around 750 to 1300 AD, after the Moche people. Learn about the amazing discovery in 1992 of an ancient tomb that held an important member of Sicán society. Inside the tomb, archeologists found an enormous amount of masks, crowns, bracelets, weapons, armor and other precious metals and jewelry, most of which now resides at the National Museum of Sicán, your next stop.When you arrive at the museum in the town of Ferreñafe, take a 1.5-hour tour with your guide. Learn about Sicán life and culture as you examine artifacts like feathered funeral masks, textiles, pottery, gold and silver items, and other valuable objects found in the Batan Grande tomb. Plus, admire a replica of the tomb, and learn about the excavation process through the museum’s detailed displays. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off back in Chiclayo.

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