Tailor-Made Holiday

Northern and Central Peru Holiday

Chiclayo, Kuelap citadel & Chacapoyas in the north & hotel based treking in the Cordillera Blanca

15 days

from £4,795pp (excluding flights)

This holiday combines the fascinating yet little-visited archaeological sites of northern Peru, including Kuelap, the  'Machu Picchu of the north' -  in the Chachapoyas region, with the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca in central Peru.

  • Explore the Pre-Inca ruins around Chiclayo in Northern Peru
  • Wander through the largest ancient stone structure in South America, the Kuelap citadel
  • Experience the historical sites of northern Peru in virtual solitude, a world away from the bustling sites in the south
  • Lodge based trek in the spectacular Cordillera Blanca and Negra mountains in central Peru

Chiclayo

Fly to the northern town of Chiclayo and visit the Royal Tombs museum with the collection of Moche artefacts found at the Sipan archaeological site, as well as the ruins of the pre-Hispanic city of adobe pyramids - Tucume.

Chachapoyas and Kuelap

Travel to Chachapoyas, the base to explore Peru's most spectacular pre-Colombian ruins. Visit the colourful adobe tombs at Revash that look like mini houses built into the side of the cliff. Explore the fortress of Kuelap, the largest ancient stone structures in South America.

Cordillera Blanca, central Peru

The second half of this trip is based in central Peru in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. By day trek up in the mountains and around the pristine lakes of the Cordillera Negra and Blanca and by night retreat back to the comforts of the lodges down below.

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4795 £ 900

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Lima overnight

Day 2

Fly Lima to Chiclayo


Chiclayo, founded in 1560 as a small settlement of indian villages, is sandwiched between the Andes and Pacific Ocean. The area is a major supplier of agricultural goods for Peru, including rice and sugar cane. It is the route to the jungle where a large number of crops and fruits are grown, therefore it is not surprising that the cuisine is distinctive and very rich. A short distance from Chiclayo lie two of the most famous sites for precolumbian art, Sipan of the Moche culture (circa 100-750 AD) and Tucume with its pyramids, walled citadels and ancient cemeteries.


You will be staying at Casa Andina Select Chiclayo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full Day Tucume & Ventarron
Travel to the ancient religious site of Ventarron this morning, one of the oldest ruins in the Americas. It is believed the first temple was built in 2000 BC and a mural depicting a deer caught in a net is believed to be the oldest mural discovered in the Americas.

Later on travel to Lambayeque and the Royal Tombs Museum to see the collection of Moche (100-750 AD) artefacts found at Sipan. After lunch, carry on to Tucume and explore this eerie, ancient city of adobe pyramids, built by the Lambayeque/Sican then added to by the Chimú and Inca.

Road journey Chiclayo to Salas


After leaving Tucume, continue along the road for another hour and arrive at the hotel in Salas.


You will be staying at Los Faiques Ranch, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Road journey from Salas to Chachapoyas, approximately 9 hours


Begin your nine hour journey to Chachapoyas. Leaving Salas, drive along the old Pan-American Highway to Olmos and head east in to the Andes. After crossing the Continental Divide, drive down a twisting road through a dry valley and cross the Marañon River, a major tributary of the Amazon, before arriving into Chachapoyas.


The Pre-Columbian Chachapoyas civilisation, which was conquered by the Spanish in the XV century, has left a landscape scattered with villages and burial sites. Until recently this has been largely overlooked by archaeologists.

Situated in the cloud forest around the town of Chachapoyas in northern Peru's Amazonas Department, these sites are dominated by the mighty fortress in Kuelap, perched majestically on mountaintop cliffs overlooking the verdant Andean landscape.


You will be staying at La Xalca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Full Day Yumbilla Waterfall
After an hour's drive to the village of Cuispes, take a two to two and a half hour walk through lush forest and arrive at the base of Yumbilla Waterfall, the fifth largest in the world. Along the way look out for the local flora and wildlife, including orchids, bromeliads, Andean parrots, hummingbirds and Peru's national bird the cock-of-the-rock, with its bright red plumage.


You will be staying at La Xalca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Full Day Revash & Leymebamba Visit
Drive one hour to Yerbabuena and walk for a steady two hours uphill, where there is the reward of a close up view of a spectacular colourful cliff tomb. This photogenic site is perched on a yellow cliff, with tombs resembling mini houses with red pictographs.

After continue on to Leymebamba and visit a museum housing 219 mummies, found at a nearby lake in 1997.


You will be staying at Kentitambo Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Full Day Kuelap
This morning drive two hours to the largest ancient stone structure in South America - Kuelap. This citadel is perched high on a ridge, 3,000m above sea level, in the tropical cloud forests of northern Peru. The guide will explain the mysteries and history of the site of what is a remarkable testament to pre-Inca architecture.


You will be staying at La Xalca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Road journey from Chachapoyas to Tarapoto, approximately 9 hours


After breakfast, begin the scenic journey to Tarapoto. The drive will take approximately 9 hours.

Fly Tarapoto to Lima


Lima, the 'City of Kings', is a vibrant and bustling metropolis worthy of exploration. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is known as the 'Gateway to Peru' and combines colonial splendour, prestigious museums and beautiful parks with lively nightlife and ample opportunities for sampling its world-famous cuisine.


You will be staying at Costa del Sol Wyndham, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Lima to Huaraz


Huaraz is the capital of Ancash, overlooking the spectacular Cordilleras Blanca and Negra, and the gateway for those seeking adventure. Located in the middle of the country, it sits on the edge of the Huascaran National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to the highest mountain in Peru, Huascaran at 6,768 metres, over 600 glaciers, almost 300 lakes and three rivers. A paradise for trekkers and climbers, the snow-capped peaks of Cordillera Blanca offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru and arguably the world.


Half Day Huaraz Hike
After getting used to the change in climate, take the drive up into the Cordillera Negra and start the walk back to Huaraz. The walk offers fantastic views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range during the descent to Huaraz via a series of old trails. Maximum altitude 3,850m.

(Treks are subject to change due to climate conditions)


You will be staying at Hotel Colomba, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Full Day Llanganuco Lakes
Make an early start to the turquoise waters of Llanganuco Lakes, located at the foot of Huascaran mountain. Visit the memorial gardens of Campo Santo en route, which mark the ruins of old Yungay which was destroyed in the 1970 earthquake.

Continue on to Cebolla Pampa, to trek to the ethereal glacial lake of Laguna 69, with its fabulous views and crystal clear azure waters. Maximum altitude of 4,600m. (Treks are subject to change due to climate conditions)


You will be staying at Hotel Colomba, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Day at Leisure
Transfer to Lazy Dog Inn and have the the rest of the day to relax and explore around the lodge.


You will be staying at Lazy Dog Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Full Day Quebrada Llaca Trekking
This morning start with a trek up towards Quebrada llaca and Laguna llaca. The trail is a mix of rough walking and old roads, with fabulous views of the snow-capped peaks of mount Ranrapalca, Ocshapalca, Vallunaraju, Rima Rima and Huantsan in the distance. Maximum altitude of 4,250m.

(Treks are subject to change due to climate conditions)


You will be staying at Lazy Dog Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Full Day Quebrada Cojup Trek
Today, take a final trek up through open meadows towards Quebrada Cojup, a stunning valley with fantastic views in all directions. Maximum altitude 4,350m. (Treks are subject to change due to climate conditions)


You will be staying at Lazy Dog Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly Huaraz to Lima

Fly Lima to Madrid overnight

Day 15

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kentitambo Lodge

Kentitambo Lodge

Kentitambo is a family run boutique hotel nestled on a hillside in Leymebamba....

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Los Faiques Ranch

Los Faiques Ranch

Los Faiques is a property based 90 minutes inland from the city of Chiclayo....

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La Xalca

La Xalca

La Xalca is a lovingly restored colonial building just a couple of blocks from the main square of Chachapoyas....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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