The Moche Route

4 day/3 night

Immerse yourself into the pre-Columbian northern civilizations. Burial mounds, mausoleums and pyramids are all evidence of their advanced development and amazing findings as the Tomb of the Lord of Sipan with its fabulous gold artifacts; one of the biggest mud cities in the world, or magnificent works of art are just part of their impressive legacy.

Overwiew

  • DAY 1 Morning arrival in Trujillo. Visit to Sun and Moon Temples and Chan Chan citadel
  • DAY 2 Land departure to Chiclayo visiting El Brujo complex en route
  • DAY 3 Excursion to Huaca Rajada, Royal Tombs Museum and Tucume pyramids. Night departure

Included

  • Round trip arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation in Trujillo and Chiclayo
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Excursion in Trujillo: Sun and Moon Temples, Chan Chan, Huanchaco
  • Transfer Trujillo/Chiclayo visiting El Brujo
  • Excursion in Chiclayo: Sipan, Royal Toms Museum and Tucume
  • Entrances
  • Professional guides

Not inlcuded

  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar, laundry, medical expenses, etc.
  • Air tickets

Day 1 Trujillo- Temples of the Sun and the Moon – Chan Chan

Upon arrival to Trujillo in the morning, transfer to your hotel. This day is to discover fascinating archaeological gems. Head to the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, an important ceremonial and urban center of the Moche culture. The complex has two large truncated pyramids and its walls are adorned with magnificent friezes and reliefs of anthropomorphic deities. Continue to “Huaca del Dragon” (Dragon Temple), a religious monument of the Chimu Culture and in Huanchaco traditional seaside, see the typical “caballito de totora”, reed boats for fishing still used as in the Mochicas ancient times. Afterwards, proceed to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chan Chan (600 and 700 AD), the largest city in Pre-Columbian America. This mud-bricked city was the Capital of the Chimu civilization, covering an area of 20sq km and housing an estimated population of 40,000-60,000 inhabitants.

Day 2 Trujillo – El Brujo – Chiclayo

Morning private transfer to Chiclayo, located at approximately 3.5 hours, via El Brujo (witch or shaman), a complex which is in constant process of research and an eloquent testimony of the greatness of the Moche Culture (200-800AD). Visit its “huacas” (temples) and the pyramid of Huaca Cao Viejo, which decorated walls show friezes and colored relief decorations with complex scenes and geometric patterns. Discover the mystery of the tomb of “La Señora de Cao” (the Lady of Cao), a young woman buried with all the attributes of a ruler found in a lavishly decorated mausoleum. This 1600 year old mummy has been preserved practically intact due to the ancient practices. Afternoon arrival to your hotel in Chiclayo.

Day 3 Chiclayo – Sipan – Royal Tombs Museum – Tucume – Departure

Visit Huaca Rajada, where several royal tombs were discovered, being “The Lord of Sipan” the best known. This discovery marked an important milestone in the archaeology of the Americas, revealing the magnificence of civilizations before the Incas. Later on, visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, which houses more than 2000 original pieces of gold like a pectoral, necklaces, nose rings and other items; also pieces of silver, copper and semi-precious stones, ornaments and a recreation of the Lord of Sipan and his court. Get to know Tucume, a valley with 26 mud-bricked pyramids built in 1100 AD and occupying more than 220 hectares. It was a major regional center occupied by three different cultures: Sican (Lambayeque), Chimu and the Incas. The truncated pyramids were finely decorated and they were altered according to the civilization that occupied them.

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to the next destination.