CHIMU KINGDOM

A visit to the North of Peru is a must for the lovers of history and archeology. Be amazed by great temples, tombs of royalty, museums with great collections and being witness to the most important cultures of ancient Peru.

The most important pre-Inca Northern coast civilizations, the Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu were developed in desert valleys which were transformed into fertile lands thanks to huge civil engineering projects with the aim of building an empire spanning 600 miles along the coastline of modern day Peru. In doing so, these cultures achieved great sophistication skills in ceramic, agriculture, architecture, metallurgy and warfare.  This great kingdom was finally conquered by the Incas who absorbed much of the Chimu high culture, including their political organization, irrigation systems and road engineering, into their own imperial organization.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature

LOCATION
  • Chiclayo
  • Lambayeque
  • Trujillo

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy

DURATION
  • 5 days

WHEN TO GO
  • Year Round

CHAN CHAN

  • Explore, Chan Chan, the capital city of the Kingdom of the Chimor.

SUN AND MOON TEMPLES

  • Visit the two huge adobe brick buildings that are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan  and are attributed to the Moche period.

THE LORD OF SIPÁN

  • Be amazed with visiting the last resort of the Lord of Sipan, Huaca Rajada.
  • Discover the treasures of The Lord of Sipan in the outstanding Royal Tombs Museum.

HUANCHACO

  • Surf using a caballito de totora as a surfboard. Huanchaco was approved as a World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save The Waves Coalition in 2012.
  • Discover this historic town which is part of the tourist circuit called the “Moche Route” or “Ruta Moche”.
  • Enjoy the most renowned Peruvian cuisines. Try the Ceviche here.

TUCUME PYRAMIDS

  • Be amazed by an area that covers over 540 acres and encompassing 26 major pyramids and mounds. The area is referred to as purgatory by local people.

DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

After arriving Lima and clearing customs, walk across the sky bridge to the comfortable Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel to check in for the evening.

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DAY 02 FLY TO TRUJILLO - CITY TOUR AND UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

Breakfast

Transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Trujillo.  Meet up with our representatives and transfer to the hotel.

As you visit Trujillo´s most important sites, you will encounter the rise and fall of thousands of years of civilizations and empires. You will see colorful colonial mansions and well preserved cathedrals built as a result of sugarcane farm boom, which has also helped finance impressive churches and large houses.  Cultural artifacts and artistic relics have been preserved by the desert sands, many of which are on display at the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History.

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DAY 03 SUN AND MOON TEMPLES - HUANCHACO - EL DRAGON-CHAN CHAN

Breakfast

Transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Trujillo.  Meet up with our representatives and transfer to the hotel.

As you visit Trujillo´s most important sites, you will encounter the rise and fall of thousands of years of civilizations and empires. You will see colorful colonial mansions and well preserved cathedrals built as a result of sugarcane farm boom, which has also helped finance impressive churches and large houses.  Cultural artifacts and artistic relics have been preserved by the desert sands, many of which are on display at the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History.

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DAY 04 TRUJILLO-CHICLAYO - SIPAN AND HUACA RAJADA

Breakfast

Early transfer to Chiclayo city for a 4-hour drive along the Panamerican Highway.

Visit the last resort of the Lord of Sipan, the Huaca Rajada archeological site, where the remains of the Moche mummy, considered to be as important as that of Tutankhamen in Egypt, was found in 1987.  This Moche Lord was an elite member of the society and perhaps the ruler of the entire Lambayeque Valley. His tomb was found filled with gold, silver, copper, fabric, shells, ceramics, jewelry, knives, food, sacrificed animals along with three warriors, two women, a child, a dog (probably his favorite pet)  and two llamas.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

Take a private trip from Trujillo to Chiclayo instead of using public transportation and stop in El Brujo and Lady of Cao the Witch Archeological Complex.

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DAY 05 ROYAL TOMBS MUSEUM-TUCUME PYRAMIDS - LIMA

Breakfast

We begin with a one-hour to Tucume for the Valley of the Pyramids, made up of 26 mud-brick pyramids belonging to the Sican culture. Constructed by the Lambayeque, they were conquered by the Chimu and then incorporated into the Incan Empire in 1470.

After exploring the Huaca Rajada archeological site, a visit to the Sipan Museum is a must-see. Perhaps the greatest museum in Peru with an interesting and modern design and three floors of ancient history, the museum housed a replica of the famous Sipan Burial Chamber showing how the Lord was buried with all the gold and silver artifacts, precious stones, jewelry and headdresses that were found in the tomb.

Transfer to the airport for a late flight to Lima.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT! (OPTIONAL)

Ask our experts for an extension to the impressive kingdom of the Chachapoyas, the Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the World , the majestic city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the enigmatic Amazon or the mysterious Nazca lines.

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