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Treasures and Temples Chan-Chan & Sipán 3D / 2N

Treasures and Temples Chan-Chan & Sipán 3D / 2N

  • Departures: Daily

Day 01: Trujillo

Arrival to Trujillo, transfer to hotel. City tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, which was built in 1616 and destroyed by the earthquakes of 1619 and 1635. The Cathedral has three naves and an exquisitely engraved lower choir. Then, Urquiaga or Calonge House, a neo-classic style house dating back to the XVIII and XIX centuries. The Libertador Simón Bolívar stayed here and the mahogany desk he used is style preserved. In addition, there are gold ornaments belonging to the Chimú Culture and Colonial and Republican furniture. It currently houses the Central Reserve Bank. The Emancipation House, referred to as Trujillo’s Civic Sanctuary, from where in the early XIX century the Marquis of Torre Tagle, Intendent of Trujillo, headed the separatist movement which resulted in the first proclamation of independence in 1820. It also hosted the First Constituent Congress and Government House for President José de la Riva Agüero. It displays a collection of watercolour paintings which were ordered in the XVIII century by Bishop Balatazar Jaime Martínez de Compañón. The Orbegoso House, a traditional Colonial house with pitted floors and with ample rooms disposed on an elevated earthwork. It is an example of the local aristocratic exquisite taste. The Iturregui Palace, an exquisite neoclassical two-plan mansion with an ample patio and rear court around which are distributed rooms, a temple, a refectory, etc, all showing the magnificence of their lattices, svelte columns, marble floors and ceilings with golden mouldings. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Trujillo, which contains cultural expressions of Peru’s diverse Pre-Hispanic epochs such as: ceramics, weavings, metal, etc. In addition, there is a special section dedicated to the citadel of Chan Chan. Lunch included in Huanchaco Beach, an ancient Chimú port on the coast with its colonial church located at the highest point of the port. Huanchaco is famous for its “Caballitos de Totora”, straw boats going back hundreds of years and still used by local fishermen. In the afternoon visit, Chan Chan located 4 Km to the north of Trujillo, housed a population of approx 50,000 people, this ancient city with its streets, houses, water tanks, pyramids and temples was declared a Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO. Finally you will visit, Huaca Dragon, a temple dedicated to the Rainbow, located 5 km from Trujillo. It is thought to have been a ceremonial centre related to the fertility. Its decorations show dancing warriors and the figure of a dragon. Return to the hotel in Trujillo. (B-L) Pls note that visits to the Urquiaga, Emancipation and Orbegoso House will be subject to availability.

Day 02: Trujillo – Chiclayo

Morning visit to the “Huaca del Sol y la Luna” and its treasure. The Huaca del Sol, a pyramid 20m high, according to the tradition it was built in only 3 days using 250 000 people and 70 million blocks of adobes. The Huaca de la Luna, located in front of the Huaca del Sol, is smaller. In some of its adobe walls still exist paintings where appears the Ai-Apaek God. Archaeologists have discovered a tomb with more than 40 dead soldiers. Departure to Chiclayo to visit the “Tumbas Reales” Museum, which is a modern building with pyramidal infrastructure. It looks like a flattened pyramid formed by five prisms that are held together by leaning planes. Each prism bears a replica of the banners found in the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Their colours, red and yellow, are similar to those used by the Moches throughout their decorations. The aim of the museum is to recreate the atmosphere of the temples of that civilization, serving as a museum as well as a mausoleum and resting place for the Lord of Sipán and his companions. It was opened on November 8, 2002 and is one of the most sophisticated museums in the region. Transfer to Chiclayo and Overnight. (B-L)

Day 03: Chiclayo

Morning tour to Túcume, located 34 km north from Chiclayo, and is also known as the Valley of the Pyramids. The complex has an area of 220 ha, surrounded by rich agricultural fields. The sacred mountain, known as La Raya or Purgatorio stands in its midst. Because of its size and the quality of its monuments the Pyramids of Túcume are one of the most important monumental centres of the Region. Its 26 buildings are made of adobe and were intended for different activities. The construction of these buildings started approximately in the late 10 century, and it continued for many more centuries. Transfer to the local airport. (B)

Included:

  • Excursions as described
  • Transportation
  • Entrances
  • Specialised tour guide
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals where stated (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner)
  • Transfer airport / hotel /airport

Not Included:

  • Services not specified in the programme
  • Extras and tips
  • National flight tickets to Trujillo and from Chiclayo
  • Local airport taxes (US$ 6,05)