Explore Northern Peru

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Dates: October 16th to 24th 2019

Price: $599 | 9 Days | Lima to Lima

Trip Code: SPNNG

Venture off the beaten path to discover ancient vestiges of north Peruvian cultures. Explore fortified cities that were once bustling hubs of early civilizations; peruse museums brimming with archaeological treasures; visit burial tombs used by pre-Inca cultures; and encounter the ruins of Chan Chan, abandoned by the Chimu people in 1470. See a side of Peru that few travellers experience, and gain a greater understanding for the country's ancient past.

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16.

Highlights from Explore Northern Peru 

Immerse yourself in culture and history of the Chachapoyas, Hike through the cloud forest to the Gocta waterfall, Visit vibrant coastal cities rich in cultural history, Explore a series of tombs built by the pre-Inca Moche culture, Wander through the adobe brick city of Chan Chan.


Day 1 - Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement.

Day 2 - Lima/Chachapoyas

Board an early flight to Jaen, then travel overland to Chachapoyas, gateway to the archaeological sites of northern Peru. "Chacha," as it's known locally, will be our base for exploring the natural, cultural, and archaeological highlights of the region..

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Kuelap Fortress

This morning, get immersed in the culture and history of the Chachapoyan people at Kuelap, a fortified city made up of more than 400 circular buildings and complexes. Ride a cable car up to the site, thought to have been an important cultural center for these pre-Inca "Cloud Warriors." Enjoy lunch at a coffee farm and attend an exclusive lecture by a Chachapoyas expert. Later, try to spot some of the 130 bird species that live in the surrounding ecological reserve, including the spatula-tailed hummingbird.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment - Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk

Join an archaeologist for a talk about the cultural history of the area's pre-Inca cultures. Peter Lerche, an expert on the Chachapoyan people, has spent more than 25 years studying the pre-Inca civilizations of the Chachapoyas region.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - Gocta Fall

Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the world's tallest cascades, 771 meters (2,156 feet) high. Ancient legends that discouraged local community members from talking about the falls, which did not begin receiving visitors until 2005 and are still relatively unknown. Take in Gocta’s mesmerizing spray; then opt for a longer hike to its base, or enjoy a free afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Chachapoyas/Chiclayo

Today, drive to Chiclayo. This coastal town, founded in the 18th century, was once an important trade route between the coast and the jungle and is rich with archaeological sites and cultural history. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch


Day 6 - Chiclayo

Enjoy a visit to one of the most archaeologically rich museums in Peru: the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. In the afternoon, explore the tombs of Huaca Rajada and Lord Sipán, a series of burial chambers used by the pre-Inca Moche culture.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 - Chiclayo/Trujillo

Drive down the coast to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Tour the site and hear about the mummy discovered here in 2006, thought to be the remains of the Lady of Cao, a high-ranking Moche ruler. In the afternoon, explore Trujillo to discover baroque churches and local markets.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Chan Chan/Lima

Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Later, enjoy a visit to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest adobe city. The former capital of the Chimu people, Chan Chan covers 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and was once home to about 50,000 people. Fly back to Lima this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Lima

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk, Amazilia Ecological Reserve

  • Arrival transfer

  • Kuelap fortress visit (Chachapoyas)

  • Gocta waterfall hike

  • Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum (Lambayeque)

  • Lord of Sipán Tomb visit

  • Dama de Cao mummy visit

  • Chan Chan adobe city visit

  • Internal flights

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Hotels (8 nts).


8 breakfasts, 3 lunches 
Allow USD280-365 for meals not included.


Private van, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.