Forgotten Peru

Forgotten Peru

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10 Days



Forgotten Peru

10 Days Starting and ending in Lima, Peru

Visiting: Lima, Huaca Pucllana, Trujillo, Chan Chan, Huaca "El Dragon", Complejo Arqueológico Chan-Chan, Huanchaco, Chicama, Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Ferreñafe, Sicán National Museum, Bosque de Pómac, Túcume, Chachapoyas, Cocachimba, Gocta Cataracts

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Crooked Compass

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Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

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Tour Overview

Visit the Chan Chan Archaeological complex, the largest mud city of the Americas and the most important city of the Chimu cultureExplore an ancestral fisherman’s cove, where it is possible to watch old reed boats known as ‘Caballitos de Totora’, with which the local population maintains its thousand year old tradition of artisan fishingEnjoy a surfing lesson at HuanchacoExplore El Brujo, home to the mystery of the ornately tattooed 1,600 year old mummyEmbrace a unique Shaman experience in a remote villageDiscover Kuelap, a majestic architectural site built by the ChachapoyasOften forgotten and far from the hype and predictability of what is commonly known as the ‘The Gringo Trail’ (the sites comprising of Cusco, Puno and Machu Picchu), are the isolated and lesser discovered verdant Northern Highlands of Peru. Home to many Inca and pre Inca ruins, an Andean adventure awaits those travellers who are looking for something a little off beat. Exploring the Temple of Pachacamac in Lima, the largest Mud City of the Americas, Chan, built by the Chimu tribes, the lush rainforest and the Fortress of Kuelap in Chachapoyas (the country's second-most thrilling archaeological site after Machu Picchu) as well as a rare mystical cleansing Shaman experience are just a handful of the many outstanding experiences you will have in the Kingdom of the Sun with us.


  • Visit the Chan Chan Archaeological complex, the largest mud city of the Americas and the most important city of the Chimu culture

  • Explore an ancestral fisherman’s cove, where it is possible to watch old reed boats known as ‘Caballitos de Totora’, with which the local population maintains its thousand year old tradition of artisan fishing

  • Enjoy a surfing lesson at Huanchaco

  • Explore El Brujo, home to the mystery of the ornately tattooed 1,600 year old mummy

  • Embrace a unique Shaman experience in a remote village

  • Discover Kuelap, a majestic architectural site built by the Chachapoyas


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Day 1 : Arrival Lima
Location: Lima
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Antigua Miraflores Hotel or similar
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this buzzing city. The Peruvian capital was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizzaro. Here, you will encounter colonial richness and the vibrating vitality of an oriental bazaar. The city has melancholic winters where the fog ‘garua’ rules and also hot and humid summers. There are huge districts where poor people live but also rich quarters with comfortable, old houses and the smell of jasmine in the evening.

Day 2 : Lima, Huaca Pucllana Tour And Flight To Trujillo
Location: Lima, Huaca Pucllana, Trujillo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Costa de Sol Trujillo or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the historical centre of Lima, the ‘City of the Kings’, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit San Francisco Church, built in 1674, this attractive yellow church is considered the best sample of the ‘Lima Baroque’ style. It was built over a network of tunnels and catacombs. Visit Casa Aliaga, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. The Huaca Pucllana archaeological centre will be our next stop; it was active between the 5th- 8th century AD. In this archaeological temple you will learn more about the life and rituals of its former inhabitants. The ‘flattened pyramids’ are a unique characteristic of the pre-Hispanic sites in the coastal region of Peru.

From here, return to your hotel to collect your luggage and you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Trujillo. (Depart 16.40hrs, arrive 17.55hrs).

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 : Chan Chan & Dragon Temple Complex, Huanchaco
Location: Chan Chan, Huaca "El Dragon", Complejo Arqueológico Chan-Chan, Huanchaco
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Costa de Sol Trujillo or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast this morning, you will head to Chan Chan Archaeological complex, the largest mud city of the Americas and the most important city of the Chimu culture, which has an area of approximately 20 square kilometres. Its central area is formed by a group of 10 walled premises called ‘citadels’ and other independent pyramids. The rest of the complex is composed of several small structures, sidewalks, canals, walls and cemeteries.

You will then visit the Huaca Dragon (Dragon Temple), also known as the Rainbow Temple, located in the outskirts of northern Trujillo. This building was erected by the Chimu culture, a lordship contemporary of the Incas. It is an impressive religious monument and ceremonial centre which was also used for administrative purposes. Built of adobe, the walls of the premises are decorated with beautiful mural reliefs showing anthropomorphic figures and representing the rainbow.

You will then visit Huanchaco, an ancestral fisherman’s cove, where it is possible to watch old reed boats known as ‘Caballitos de Totora’, with which the local population maintains its thousand year old tradition of artisan fishing.

Day 4 : El Brujo Complex, La Dama De Cao Mummy
Location: Chicama, Chiclayo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Andina Select Chiclayo Hotel or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You then depart for the Valley of Chicama, located 50km north of Trujillo, to visit the archaeological complex of El Brujo which dates back to the Mochica culture. The capital National University of Trujillo and the National Institute of Culture began a joint dig here in 1990. They have discovered the ‘Huaca Cao highlights’, pyramids reaching up to 50m in height with decorated walls decorated and coloured reliefs that depict complex scenes, characters and geometric designs. These are the only examples known to relate to the Mochican culture. Interestingly, the site is located very close to the seashore, and it is believed that ancient maritime rituals were carried out here, although excavation is ongoing and may reveal additional uses for the El Brujo area.

Discover the mystery of the ornately tattooed 1,600 year old mummy unearthed in the archaeological complex. Preserved for centuries thanks to a meticulous treatment and ancient ritual that included the application of cinnabar, a red mineral that inhibits decomposition of the skin and tissues.

From here, you continue on to Chiclayo where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 5 : Huaca Rajada, Bruning Museum, Royal Tombs Museum
Location: Lambayeque
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your day with a visit to Huaca Rajada Archaeological Complex and its museum; home to a set of huge mud pyramids. Partially destroyed by centuries of extreme weather conditions, the complex gained special notoriety in 1987 when Dr Walter Alva, then director of the Bruning Museum of Lambayeque, became aware of the illegal excavations that had been made. What had begun as a protection plan ended with the magnificent discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, one of the most impressive, pre Colombian burials in Peru.

Head towards Lambayeque where you will visit the Royal Tombs Museum. Due to the Lord of Sipan discovery, whose importance was shown in the complexity of its burial and apparent semi-divine status, the creation of a new museum was necessary to be in accordance with the discovery. Thus, after rescuing, investigating and restoring all registered pieces, the museum was built, a unique place in South America.

From here, visit some local craft villages where you can see magnificent handmade pieces before being transferred to lunch at El Cantaro or El Pacifico, representative northern cuisine restaurants. Following lunch you will return to your hotel. Dinner this evening has been included at a local restaurant in town.

Day 6 : Sican, Bosque Pomac, Tucume Complex & Esoteric Night Tour
Location: Ferreñafe, Sicán National Museum, Bosque de Pómac, Túcume, Chiclayo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning following breakfast, depart for the city of Ferrenafe to visit the museum at Sican. This museum displays all the everyday aspects of Sican culture. You can also see the processes of making pottery and metal crafts besides a recreation of the tombs of the Sican nobles. Most of the objects are displayed in their context that is in the same way they were used and made. The famous Winged Eye Mask is displayed at the ‘Room of Funerary Offerings’, along with crowns, necklaces, ceramics and other ornaments.

After this visit, you will head to the Bosque Pomac National Sanctuary. This is one of the most important archaeological sites throughout South America. This site consists of numerous pyramids that were once the administrative and religious centre of the powerful pre-Incan Sican culture. Depending on the archaeological work being undertaken, you can visit Huaca Las Ventanas or Huaca El Loro, where archaeologists are still uncovering the secrets of the Sican people.

Drive to Chiclayo and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Tucume , a vast Lambayeque archaeological complex that is over 1000 years old flanking an imposing hill, from where the extensive pre Columbian urban site can be surveyed. With over 200 hectares, the complex has 26 buildings of monumental structures associated with lower rank buildings; squares, walls, patios and canals, reflecting a system of planned growth and the complicated social structure of Lambayeque. The remains of this site belong to successive cultures; the Mochica, Lambayeque, Chimu and Inca. Spend time exploring the museum here to better understand what life was like during that period and discover the viewpoint of Cerro Purgatorio. From here you will be transferred back to your hotel for dinner.

Following dinner, drive to the village of Tucume Viejo, where you will meet one of the most renowned Shamans of the north of the region. You will meet in one of the rooms of his home, which is near the archaeological complex, appropriate for the mystical atmosphere required. At midnight, you will start to live a mystical experience with a session of quackery, where you will go through a bath of flourishing and cleansing, to expel all the negative energy through the use of natural herbs and hallucinogens. This session will last all night until dawn. After the session, you will head back to the Chiclayo.

Day 7 : Chiclayo To Chachapoyas
Location: Chiclayo, Chachapoyas
Accommodation Name: on a tourist bus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, you will have the chance to explore Chiclayo at your leisure. Be ready for a big drive that night as we begin the 10 hour overnight journey to Chachapoyas traversing the magnificent Andes.

Day 8 : Gocta Waterfalls
Location: Cocachimba, Gocta Cataracts
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Hacienda Achamaqui or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early arrival this morning at 4.30am. After breakfast, you will be headed to the picturesque town of Cocachimba; from there, you will begin our journey towards Gocta waterfall (an hour and a half on horseback plus one hour walk). Along the way, enjoy the great diversity of flora and fauna, and a splendid view of the waterfall.
Gocta Waterfall, locally known as “La Chorrera”, is 771 meters high and it is considered among the highest waterfalls in the world. It is the perfect habitat for toucans, monkeys, mountain lions and Andean cocks-of-the-rock. It is located in a large cloud- covered forest, around which there are about twenty waterfalls. It offers a beautiful combination of geography and history, making it a magical place. Return to San Pablo and have a traditional lunch.

Day 9 : Kuelap
Location: Chachapoyas
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will go to Kuelap, a majestic architectural site built by the Chachapoyas. On your way, you will make a brief stop to take in the panoramic view of the Macro Archaeological site, also known as “Macro Towers” known for its characteristic design. Macro is located on the side of a hill overlooking the Utcubamba river. Continue into Nuevo Tingo town, where you will board the bus that will take you to the cable car station. Once on-board the modern cable cars, a short and safe trip will take you to visit Kuelap. You may venture on foot or on horseback to the “Fortress”, which is built on top of the Cerro Barreta (3,000 m.a.s.l.). Kuelap is a place surrounded by beautiful landscapes; at first, it seems inaccessible since it is protected by colossal walls and cliffs on three of its four sides. It has three platforms, and inside they have circular buildings decorated with rhomboidal and zigzag friezes. Its complex interior architecture indicates it was a well-organized population group. The surrounding landscape and the natural scenes make it unforgettable. Return to Nuevo Tingo town for lunch. Then return to Chachapoyas city.

Day 10 : Chachapoyas To Lima
Location: Chachapoyas, Lima
Meals Included: Breakfast

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima where your tour ends on arrival.

What's Included

  • Meet and greet service on arrival at Lima Airport

  • 9 nights accommodation

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches,

  • Domestic flights Lima/Trujillo/Chiclayo/Lima

  • Private transfers throughout

  • English speaking local guides

  • Entrance fees, park fees and trekking permits as per itinerary (Huaca Puculla closed on Tues, Royal Tombs Museum closed on Mon)

What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights not mentioned above

  • Visas

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • All services, meals other than those indicated above

  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program

  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Domestic flights Lima/Trujillo/Chiclayo/Lima are included and International and domestic flights which is not mentioned in itinerary are not included.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees, park fees and trekking permits as per itinerary (Huaca Puculla closed on Tues, Royal Tombs Museum closed on Mon) are included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 2 people.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Arrival and return transfer are included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 1,012.00

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit

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    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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