Chiclayo and Trujillo 3 Days
The Huaca de la Luna and the Moche countryside, The huaca Rajada, Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan Museum, Huanchaco y Chan Chan. A program that takes the visitor on a journey of discovery along the north coast of Peru, between the cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo, lands once dominated by the empire of the Moche.
- Things to bring
Chiclayo and Trujillo 3 Days
Day 01: Arrival in Chiclayo
Arrival in Chiclayo early in the morning and transfer to the selected hotel. Visit the Huaca Rajada, or Cracked Temple, archeological site. At the Huaca Rajada we'll find the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipán; one of the most powerful Moche kings of his time, with absolute power of life and death over all his subjects. Upon his death he was buried, together with his host of attendants and much of his riches, in a remarkable burial complex. The complex has multiple differentiated areas, among them religious monuments, patios, cemeteries, living areas, military fortifications, etc. Lunch at a tourist class restaurant in Chiclayo. Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipán Museum. In the museum, one of the most modern and acclaimed in all South America, one can appreciate the magnificence of the archeological find at the Sipán site: ceramics, textiles, jewelry in gold and silver, and an enormous quantity of ceremonial utensils.Return to the hotel.
Day 02: Chiclayo - Trujillo
Valley of the Pyramids and the on-site museum. Túcume was the last capital of the Lambayeque kingdom. The Túcume pyramids are among the principal monuments of the region. Their 26 enormous structures are made entirely of adobe, and were designed for diverse ritualistic, commercial, residential and other functions. The construction of these pyramids was begun in the 10th century. Huaca Larga is the largest structure, with an impressive 2300 feet in length, 920 feet in width and 100 feet in height. It's the single largest adobe structure in South America. Recent discoveries at the site include painted murals in its interior squares, surrounded by walkways and roofed in galleries. Right after the visit transfer to Trujillo. Lunch of local specialties in a tourist class restaurant in Pacasmayo. The Huaca de la Luna and the Moche countryside.
Day 03: Departure from Trujillo
A city tour focused in the colonial architecture of the city center: the tour begins at the main square or Plaza de Armas with a view of the most beautiful facades of the colonial houses of the city, including a visit to the Urquiaga and Emancipación Houses, and the Iturrregui Palace. The tour finishes with a visit to La Merced Church. Then visit to Chan Chan. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire, which inhabited this region after the fall of the Moche. It is the first and by far the largest non-pyramidal adobe construction site in northern Peru. In fact, at over 500 acres, it is the largest known adobe complex in the world, and is divided into 9 separate smaller cities. Drive to Huanchaco for lunch. A once tiny fishing village, occupied since pre-Incan times by fishing communities who developed the art of building and fishing from small oceangoing canoes built from local reeds. The peculiar method used to maneuver these water craft gave rise to their nickname, the Little Reed Horses, as the local fisherman rode their craft like horses to avoid being swamped by the strong waves in the area. Afternoon at leisure. At appropriate hour transfer to the airport to take the back flight to Lima.
All departure and arrival times are approximate.
What is not included
- Personal expenses
Things to bring
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
- Sun cream (factor 35 recommended), lip salve, sun glasses.
- Money belt + emergency money
- Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)
- Camera + Batteries (Batteries can easily be bought in Peru and is of excellent quality).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Original passport.
- A small day-bag
- Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.