Trujillo – Chiclayo: “The kingdoms of Moche”
DAY 1: LIMA – TRUJILLO
Upon arrival in the city of Trujillo, our staff awaits you at the airport or land terminal to transfer you to your hotel.
Night in Trujillo in chosen Hotel.
DAY 2: TOUR HUACAS OF THE SUN AND THE MOON – HUACA RAINBOW – CHAN CHAN – HUANCHACO
The tour of this day begins visiting the Moche Valley to learn about the Mochica Culture. Here are the majestic Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna (Temples and Mochica pyramids made of adobe). We will observe La Huaca del Sol, which functioned as a political-administrative center, and was built with approximately 140 million adobe bricks. We visit the interior of The Huaca of the Moon, moche religious-ceremonial center that contains the most dazzling and the best preserved murals in all of Peru. Its walls are beautifully decorated with polychrome friezes, alluding to their deity Aia-paec (the decapitador or god of the mountain), to whom they offered human sacrifices. One of the most imposing spaces is the facade of the temple, it has an amplitude of 75 meters wide and 22 meters high; and an enigmatic iconography that tells us about their gods, myths and rituals as a parade of victorious warriors carrying their weapons of war and their prisoners tied by the neck and naked, also dancers holding hands, snakes, mythical figures, giant spiders and condors. Between both temples is the urban area composed of houses, corridors and squares. We also visit the Huacas de Moche Museum, here we will see pieces found during the excavations of the Huacas del Sol and Luna Archaeological Project, as well as beautiful Moche ceramics such as the Pato guerrero and the Ciego Priest in evident shamanic trance, with a full face of scars, and the Feline Mantle, a small piece of gold on a base of cotton and leather decorated with feathers, used in their rituals. Lunch. Continue our tour through the Chimú culture. First we go to the Huaca Rainbow (Huaca Dragon) that is adorned with anthropomorphic and geometric figures, also that has anti-seismic walls, after visiting the Chan Chan site museum and the largest mud citadel in the world and Patrimony of the UNESCO humanity. Here we enter the Nik-An Palace (Tschudi). The place presents a refined architectural technique, which highlights impressive reliefs and exquisite geometric and zoomorphic designs, friezes with lines and figures of fish and birds originally painted in ocher, yellow and red tones. There are also figures of pelicans, diamonds, squirrels or otters, and squirrels carrying their young. The citadel of Chan Chan had ceremonial plazas, reservoirs of water (wachaques), cultivation fields, defense systems and rooms for storing and storing food. It is estimated that about 60000 inhabitants of the Chimú empire. We finish our tour in the Balneario de Huanchaco beautiful and old fishing village, where it is possible to appreciate the “caballitos de totora”, traditional rafts of the pre-Columbian era (mochica – chimú) that is still the main work tool of the current fisherman huanchaquero .
Night in Trujillo in chosen Hotel.
DAY 3: TOUR ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX EL BRUJO – MUSEUM OF THE DAMA DE CAO
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, we head towards Valle Chicama, towards the town of Magdalena de Cao, where the El Brujo Archaeological Complex is located, formed by Huaca Prieta (on the south side), Huaca Cao Viejo, Huaca El Brujo (Huaca Cortada) and on the west side by Punta Prieta beach and El Brujo beach. We visited the interior of Huaca Cao Viejo, which has impressive polychrome reliefs and friezes, in which naked figures are represented tied by the neck with a rope, known as prisoners who advance from west to east; behind them are several warriors carrying their weapons and priests, all in scale of natural size. Here is the tomb of the Lady of Cao, ruler and Mochica priestess, considered an almost divine character. It is of great importance, since before the discovery, it was thought that only men had held high positions in ancient Peru. We also visit the Cao Museum, here in a special room we can see the mummified remains of the Lady of Cao, and her impressive tattoos, the ornaments, jewelry and dresses that accompany her funeral bundle.
After the tour we will board our bus to get to Chiclayo, where our staff will pick you up to take you to your Hotel.
Night in Chiclayo in Hotel chosen.
DAY 4: TOUR HUACA RAJADA – PIRAMIDS OF TUCUME – MUSEUM REAL TOMBS OF SIPAN
After a delicious breakfast in the hotel we will visit the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán de Huaca Rajada, it is made up of two adobe pyramids and a funerary platform, where the funeral chamber of the Lord of Sipán was found, where 8 skeletons were found (servants, concubines and warriors) and ornaments, headdresses, emblems and others of gold and silver, golden copper and precious stones. Ceramic offerings were also found with remains of food, some copper ornaments, spondylus shells and bones of sacrificed llamas, to accompany the Lord on his journey to the afterlife. In later excavations were found tombs of the Old Lord of Sipán, Priest and several warriors and nobles. We then visited the Museum of Huaca Rajada site. We continue the tour through the Valley of the Pyramids of Túcume. This spectacular archaeological complex consists of 26 adobe pyramids destined to different functions. In the center, there is the Sacred Mountain known as Cerro La Raya or Cerro Purgatorio, a viewpoint from where we will enjoy the landscape and beautiful view of the valley. They stand out among other huacas like: The Stakes, The Raya, The Town, The Balsas, Huaca I; the Hawks and the Great ones, etc. The Túcume pyramids are one of the most outstanding archaeological complexes in Peru and the most important concentration of mud on the north coast of Peru and where is Huaca Long, the largest adobe pyramid in South America (700 meters long and 280 meters long). m wide and 30 m high). We also visited the Site Museum. We finish the tour, visiting the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipán, which houses real gems of art in gold, silver and copper discovered in several Mochica tombs. Highlights the remains, jewelry and trousseau of the Lord of Sipán found in the archaeological site of Huaca Rajada in the town of Sipán. The tomb of the Lord of Sipan is one of the most important in the world, and the richest in America which is compared to that of Tutankhamun in Egypt. It consists of several rooms where you can see more than 400 artifacts made of gold, silver and precious stones such as headdresses, a mask, a pectoral, necklaces (such as the famous necklace of gold and silver peanuts), nose rings, earrings that indicate that it was of the highest rank in the Moche civilization. Also an exact reproduction of the tombs and the funeral chamber and a real size diorama with movement of the Lord of Sipan and its cut, which provides an additional realistic impression by the play of lights and its beautiful design. The Museum also houses the trousseau and jewelry of the Lord of Ucupe, discovered in Huaca El Pueblo – Quiñones – Chaquira, until the construction of its own site museum.
Night in Chiclayo in Hotel chosen.
DAY 5: CHICLAYO – NEXT DESTINY
After your breakfast at the coordinated time transfer to the airport or land terminal.
End of our services.
Included/ not Included
- Transfer airport / land terminal – hotel – Transfer airport / land terminal
- 2 nights accommodation + 2 breakfasts in Trujillo
- 2 nights accommodation + 2 breakfasts in Chiclayo
- Bus from Trujillo to Chiclayo (VIP – direct)
- All the Tours mentioned in the itinerary.
- Income to all places to visit.
- Tourist transport in all our visits
- Professional guides in all tours in Spanish and English.
- Advice throughout the trip.
- Transportation from Lima.
- Lunches, dinners, breakfast of the first day.
- Any other expense not specified in the itinerary.
- The price shown in the upper part is 2 people minimum.
- Tours can be done in group service or private service, specify in your request.
- City tour is pedestrian.
- Chan Chan Site Museum and the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipán are closed on Mondays for maintenance.
YOU SHOULD TO CARRY:
- A small backpack for daily departures.
- Wear comfortable clothes for walking (inside the archaeological sites).
- Hat or cap
- Warm clothes for the nights.