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Explore Northern Peru
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9 days

from $3,199 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activities, such as steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 16

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Kuelap and delve into the history of the pre-Inca Chachapoyas.
  • Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta Waterfall, one of the world’s highest cascades.
  • Explore the colonial city of Trujillo, and opt to visit one of its baroque churches or the local market.
  • Visit Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Itinerary

Venture off the beaten path to discover ancient vestiges of north Peruvian cultures. Explore fortified cities that were once bustling hubs of early civilizations; peruse museums brimming with archaeological treasures; visit burial tombs used by pre-Inca cultures; and encounter the ruins of Chan Chan, abandoned by the Chimu people in 1470. See a side of Peru that few travellers experience, and gain a greater understanding for the country's ancient past.

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Lima/Chachapoyas

Board an early flight to Jaen, then travel overland to Chachapoyas, 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.

Day 3: Gocta Falls

Hike through the cloud forest to Gocta waterfall, one of the world's tallest cascades, 771 meters (2,156 feet) 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.

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 center 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.

Day 5: Chachapoyas/Chiclayo

Today, drive to Chiclayo. 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 on your own.

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.

Day 7: Chiclayo/Trujillo

Drive down the coast to colonial Trujillo, stopping along the way at the tomb of the Dama de Cao. Tour the site and hear 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.

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 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and was once home to about 50,000 people. Fly back to Lima this evening.

Day 9: Lima

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 25 Apr 2020 - 03 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Aug 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,339 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,558 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Transport: Private van, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chachapoyan Archaeologist Talk, Amazilia Ecological Reserve
  • Arrival transfer
  • Kuelap fortress visit (Chachapoyas)
  • Gocta waterfall hike
  • Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum (Lambayeque)
  • Lord of Sipán Tomb visit
  • Dama de Cao mummy visit
  • Chan Chan adobe city visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,603

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.