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Discover the lost cities, cloud forests and ancient history of Peru's undiscovered north.

Undiscovered Northern Peru Holiday

Departures: Daily

Length: 10 days / 9 nights

Destinations: Lima / Trujillo / Chiclayo / Chachapoyas / Kuelap / Gocta Waterfall

Highlights: Peru is a country steeped in rich history and archaeology. Although Machu Picchu grabs all the headlines, northern Peru is home to some of the most impressive sights and important archaeological wonders in South America. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan, explore the Valley of the Pyramids, visit the ancient ruin of Kuelap that rivals Machu Picchu in size and scale, and trek to Gocta Waterfall one of the highest falls in the world.

Price from £1,990 per person: Based on 2 people travelling together in our hand picked Standard-Class (3-star or equivalent) Peru hotel accommodation. We work with a wide selection of hotels in Peru and superior and luxury hotel upgrades are available.

Tailor Made: This is a suggested holiday that can be booked exactly as described if you wish or that can be used to help inspire you on the fascinating journeys and destinations in Peru. Like all our holidays this itinerary can be tailored, customised and crafted by our friendly experts to suit your own travel style, personal requirements, wishes, budget and interests. Simply get in touch to discuss, and we would be delighted to create a truly personalised holiday for you.

Holiday Itinerary

Arrive in Lima at any time. We will meet you and escort you to your hotel where the remainder of the day you can relax after your long-haul flight and enjoy the wonderful district of Miraflores. You may consider visiting the 2500 year-old ancient pyramid of Huaca Pucllana which is within walking distance of your hotel.

Meals: None

Overnight: Hotel in Miraflores, Lima

Lima Free Day - Pacific Coast
Lima Free Day - Huaca Pucllana

In the morning we will meet you at your hotel in Lima and escort you to the airport to take a flight to the city of Trujillo. Upon arrival in Trujillo you will be met and transported to your hotel where you will be free for the remainder of the day to explore the city. Trujillo was founded by Pizarro in 1534 and the old town centre is a cool blend of colonial architecture and modern style, with excellent restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Trujillo

Trujillo Free Day

The Trujillo area contains some of the most important, largest, and most impressive pre-Inca ruins in Peru, and compared to Machu Picchu they are far less frequently visited but are equally impressive and worthy of inclusion on any holiday to Peru. Travel to the outskirts of the city to visit the impressively large UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, built by the Chimu culture c. 800 years ago. You will also visit the Moche culture adobe ruins of “Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol”. Huaca del Sol, the largest pre-Colombian structure in Peru, should be appreciated for its sheer size and scale, whereas tours of Huaca de la Luna show amazingly detailed and well preserved red, white and yellow wall paintings and decorations inside the pyramid structure. Onsite museums are both interesting and informative.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Trujillo

Chan Chan
Huaca de la Luna
Huaca del Sol

In the morning you will travel north to the archaeologically rich and important city of Chiclayo. The road will take you along part of the Pan-American Highway, the longest road in the world that stretches all the way from Alaska to the bottom of South America. The journey will give you an opportunity to relax and appreciate the gorgeous Pacific coastline of Peru. Upon arrival at Chiclayo you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Central hotel in Chiclayo

Today you will journey on an archaeological adventure tour to some of the most important and famous archaeological sites in Peru. You will visit the tomb of the Moche lord “el Senor de Sipan” at the pyramid of Huaca Rajada, part of a complex of 1700 year old adobe pyramids where valuable burial tombs were discovered. The burial sites have been precisely re-constructed exactly as they were found for you to see, hidden deep amongst the pyramid structures. The real artefacts found in the tombs are now housed in the world class Tumbas Reales Museum, in nearby Lambayeque, which you will also visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Central hotel in Chiclayo

Tumbes Reales Museum
Senor de Sipan
Valley of the Pyramids

You will be collected from your hotel in Chiclayo and will travel by private vehicle north-east, inland heading away from the Pacific and deep into the heart of lost Peru. The journey is relatively long, but is through ever-changing and beautiful scenery as you travel from coastal desert to Andean countryside and finally into cloud forest. You will arrive in the city of Chachapoyas in late afternoon and we will escort you directly to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Overnight: Hotel in Chachapoyas

Kuelap is an enormous and important fortress ruin in the Chachapoyas region of Peru that is matched in size and grandeur only by Machu Picchu. Construction at the site started as early as the 6th Century AD and the site was occupied for over 1000 years from that date right up until the time of the Inca. The ruin is the biggest site built by the “Chachapoyas culture”, and consists of up to 400 buildings housed within a giant man-made “cliff” creating an almost impenetrable defensive barrier around the top of a hill. It is a wonderful spectacle. You will travel by road to the site, where you will have a guided tour and will learn about its history, and the mystery surrounding the demise of the Chachapoyas people. During the journey to Kuelap you will pass tombs, incredibly located and built into sheer cliff-walls.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Overnight: Hotel in Chachapoyas

Kuelap Fortress
Kuelap Fortress
Kuelap Tour

On this truly special day you will depart from the hotel early to visit the “Catarata de Gocta”, or Gocta Waterfall. The waterfall is a natural wonder of the world and is considered to be one of the ten highest waterfalls in the world, at a height of 711 metres, with a majestic water stream that disappears into a beautiful cloud of mist at the base of the cliff. The falls were kept secret by the local population for thousands of years and were only discovered by the western world in 2005. You will go on a guided walk to the falls, passing local self-sufficient indigenous Andean farming communities and many types of orchids, birds and butterflies. After the walk you will stay overnight in the Gocta Lodge, a fabulous hotel with a balcony and infinity pool that overlook the waterfall.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Evening Meal

Overnight: Hotel in Chachapoyas

Gocta Waterfall
Gocta Waterfall
Gocta Waterfall

Today you will depart from the Chachapoyas region and will journey by private vehicle to the city of Jaen, where you will transfer to the airport to take a flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima we will meet you and escort you to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Overnight: Hotel in Miraflores, Lima

Today you will enjoy a free day in Lima to relax prior to your return flight home, and to give you an opportunity to buy some souvenirs, explore Miraflores, or simply enjoy your last Peruvian meal and pisco sour cocktail. At the appropriate time we will collect you to escort you back to Lima international airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: N/A


  • All domestic flights within Peru (Lima - Trujillo / Chiclayo - Lima)
  • All excursions
  • English-speaking guides for all excursions
  • Entry fees to all sites included in the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • All meals detailed
  • Private transfers to / from airports or hotels
  • All transport and travel within Peru

Not Included

  • International flights to/from South America. We exclude international flights to give the option to compare flight pricing or use air miles, however we can include and provide international flights as part of your holiday and any international flights booked through us would be ATOL-protected as part of your package with us. Depending on time of year, departure airport and airline preference flight prices start from around £500pp economy. If you would like us to include international flights or provide a quote just let us know your preferred departure airport when you enquire.



This is a flight-inclusive package holiday. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/atolcertificate.

Contact us if you want more information or want to book this holiday. One of our South America holiday specialists will be more than willing to help.