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The less-travelled north of the country is home to a staggering array of fascinating archaeological sites. The spectacular lost city of Kuelep, the royal tombs at Sipan, and, of course, Machu Picchu are some of the highlights of this journey. Away from the crowds, travellers should be aware that routes are frequently long and lodging conditions are worse than in other parts of the nation. However, those who are interested in South America’s ancient civilisations will find Northern Peru immensely rewarding.
This archaeological tour encompasses wondrous ancient kingdoms, including the Chimu, who built Chan Chan, the largest mud-brick citadel in the pre-Columbian Americas; the Moche, among the most accomplished ceramic artists of the ancient world; the Tucume, arguably the most prolific and mysterious pyramid builders; and the Chachapoyas, known as the Cloud People, a mystic, warrior culture of great stone builders in their own right. They constructed the impregnable temple fortress of Kuelap, sometimes referred to as “the Machu Picchu” of the north. The Cloud People fiercely resisted but ultimately succumbed to the imperial expansion of the Inca Empire.
2 nights Lima – 2 nights Trujillo – 2 nights Chiclayo – 2 nights Chachapoyas – 1 night Lima – 2 nights Sacred Valley – 1 night Machu Picchu – 2 nights Cusco – 1 night on plane