1 : Arrival in Chiclayo
in Chiclayo a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel
and help you in registering. Start your morning with a visit to the
archaeological complex of "The Lord of Sipan"
located in the site called Huaca Rajada. The importance of this archaeological
discovery was compared to the discoveries of the tomb of Tutankhamen
and Machu Picchu. There are two huge adobe mud pyramids in front of
which there is a platform, dating back a thousand years before the Incas.
Recently two of the most famous pre-Columbian tombs were found here
undisturbed: the tombs of the Lord of Sipan and his ancestor, the Old
Lord. The significance of these tombs is highlighted by the fact that
the Lord of Sipan was buried in a wooden coffin with bronze clasps.
Skeletons of those sacrificed during the funeral rites were found outside
the sarcophagus; two young women at the head and feet of the lord, two
men at either side of the body, and the skeleton of a dog. Continue
your exploration to the Royal Tombs of Sipan
Museum which was inspired by the Mochica pyramids. This new
museum was inaugurated in November 2002 and is rated one of the most
outstanding archaeological museums in South America. Here you can find
a reconstruction of the tomb of Sipan, dubbed the "Tutankhamen of the
Americas" because of the golden splendor of his tomb.
Then take off with an afternoon excursion to Batan
Grande, famous for the discovery of a large golden "tumi",
or sacrificial knife, belonging to the Sican culture. Continue to the
new Sican Museum which opened on
November 2001. This museum exhibits the treasure of pure gold artifacts
discovered in the tombs. These pieces reveal their culture's surprising
command of metallurgy and its exquisite artistry in gold and silver,
in addition to its known excellence in ceramics. Enjoy your stay overnight
2 : Chiclayo
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the bus station to take
a bus to the City of Trujillo, located 209 kilometers south of Chiclayo.
Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the
hotel and help you in registering. The
excitement starts with a morning departure for a guided Tour
of Trujillo, known as "the City of the Eternal Spring". During
the tour you will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Casinelli
Museum. You will also visit the beautiful residential areas which contain
colonial houses and well preserved porches, balconies and churches such
as the Colonial Mansions of "Casa Iturregui" and "Casa Bracamonte".
your stay overnight in Trujillo. (B)
Optional: Private transfer Chiclayo-Trujillo.
3 : Trujillo
at your hotel. Visit one of the most important centers of the ancient
Moche. This pre-Inca civilization, a warrior culture, once dominated
the valleys of the northern coast of Peru. Experience the amazing adobe
engineering of the Temple of the Sun
(sol), the tallest pyramid in the Americas at a height of 48 meters,
which is estimated to have involved over 200,000 workers in its construction
and over 140 million adobe bricks. Steps away is the Temple
of the Moon (Luna), the Moche political center where recently
uncovered friezes of mystical images are believed to belong to a divinity
Continue on your journey to Chan Chan,
the former capital of the Chimu culture. It is the largest pre-Columbian
city in America, and it housed an estimated 50,000 people. The huge
capital contained buildings decorated with friezes which were done by
molding the design into the mud walls and the more important areas were
layered with precious metals. The planning of this huge city reflects
a strict political and social strategy, marked by the city's division
into nine 'citadels' or 'palaces' forming autonomous units. The Chimu
were conquered by the Incas in 1460, but the city was not looted until
the arrival of the Spanish. This pre-Columbian adobe city is famous
for its archaeological site in South America! From Chan Chan you will
visit the seashore village of Huanchaco,
known for its totora seahorses - a typical small reed boat used for
fishing. Lunch in a local restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of
seafood. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Prices per person: $484 in double, $476 in triple, $591 in
single, $742 in single alone.
to use: Libertador Trujillo, Gran Hotel Chiclayo
all transfers, all entrance fees and train tickets, daily breakfast, meals
on tours as specified, hotel tax exemption, hotel service charge, bilingual
transfer representative, bilingual licensed tour guide, passenger welcome
kit with map, suggested restaurants, gift and pick-up time for every service