Explore Northern Peru and Machu Picchu

15 nights from £3,749 per person

Overview

Explore Peru’s ancient past on this 15-night small group tour taking you from Lima to the less visited northern part of Peru where you’ll discover hidden gems and cultural sites, while enjoying hikes, coffee tasting, temples and more before going to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall – one of the world’s tallest cascades
  • Taste the coffee from a local sustainable coffee farm
  • Visit the cultural, coastal town of Chiclayo
  • Stop at a tomb to find out about the mummy - Dama de Cao
  • Visit the temples of the sun and moon
  • Explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins
  • An optional one-day Inca Trail with a local guide taking you up the mountains past the sites of Winay Wayna and Inti Pata.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins
  • Experience historic Cusco
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Lima

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. The excitement begins this evening when you meet your fellow travellers and tour guide at the welcome meeting.

Overnight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2

Lima/ Chachapoyas

Board an early flight to Jaen (approx. 1hr45), then settle into your private vehicle and travel 4 hours overland to Chachapoyas, the 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.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Casa Haceinda Achamaqui (or similar)

Day 3

Gocta Falls

Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the world's tallest cascades, 771 meters 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.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Casa Haceinda Achamaqui (or similar)

Day 4

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 centre for these pre-Inca "Cloud Warriors." Learn about coffee harvesting at a sustainable coffee farm before tasting coffee from the area. Later, try to spot some of the 130 bird species that live in the surrounding ecological reserve, including the spatula-tailed hummingbird.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight: Casa Haceinda Achamaqui (or similar)

Day 5

Chachapoyas/ Chiclayo

Today, sit back and enjoy the views on a drive to Chiclayo (approx. 8-9hrs). 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 at your own leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (or similar)

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.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (or similar)

Day 7

Chiclayo/ Trujillo

Drive 4-5 hours down the coast this morning to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Take a tour of the site and find out 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.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Trujillo (or similar)

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 10 square miles and was once home to about 50,000 people. This evening takes a 1hr30 flight back to Lima.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 9

Lima

Enjoy a free day to explore Lima's capital city. You have the option to take a city tour, see a Peruvian horse show or enjoy an evening ‘Magic Water Circuit’ show with tapas and the local pisco sours.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 10

Lima/ Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley, it’s an early start but there’s lots to see. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

Breakfast and dinner included

Overnight: Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)

Day 11

Urumbamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the Parque de la Papa (Potato Park). You'll walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight: Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)

Day 12

Urubamba/ Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the market.  You have the option to embark on the one-day Inca Trail with a local guide taking you up the mountains past the archaeological sites of Winay Wayna and Inti Pata. Reach the sungate by afternoon and enjoy some free time to explore Machu Picchu before the guided tour with the group the following day or if you prefer opt for a hot-springs visit.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Taypikala (or similar)

Day 13

Aguas Calientes/ Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Taypikala Cusco (or similar)

Day 14

Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go white water rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Taypikala Cusco (or similar)

Day 15

Cusco/ Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 16

Lima

Depart at any time.

Breakfast included

  • International and internal flights
  • Arrival transfer
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities in a private vehicle, plane and walking.
  • Travel expert local guide throughout
  • Hotels (15 nts).
  • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

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