Peru Tours Packages
Millenary Trujillo & Chiclayo
3 Days / 2 Nights Program
Day 1: Trujillo City Tour / Sun and Moon Temples
Arrival to Trujillo in the morning and transfer to your comfortable Hotel. Later you will have a City Tour beginning with the Main Square, Colonial Casonas and the Museum of the City.
In the afternoon you will be taken to the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon to start your guided tour. These two important ceremonial centres are located only 8 km away from the City of Trujillo, these impressive monuments are more that 1,500 years old.
The Huaca or Temple of the Sun functioned as an administrative and political centre. It is a staggered pyramid of approximately 43 meters high that was built by 250,000 men in only three days according to tradition. Around 70 million adobe bricks were used for its construction.
The Huaca de la Luna or Temple of the Moon is located 500 meters away from the Huaca del Sol. This construction was built for ceremonial purposes and it is formed by six superimposed temples built during different periods of the Mochica culture. Its polychrome big walls, on which they represented the Mochica divinity known as Ai-Apaec (Slaughterer God) are remarkable since they are very well preserved. It is thought that multiple human sacrifices were held to honour this god, rituals that have been captured in other elements of the Mochica iconography.
Other characters have been also represented on its façade: serpents, fishermen, huge spiders holding ceremonial knives, priests, etc. These would have been designed to pay tribute to the water and the fertility of the land .
NOTE: for the time being the tourist visit includes only the Temple of the Moon.
Return to your Hotel.
Overnight: In Trujillo City
Day 2: Chan Chan, the world's largest pre-Hispanic mud-brick citadel / Huaca Dragon / Huanchaco Beach
Breakfast at your Hotel. We will pick you up and start your guided visit to The Dragon Huaca or Arco Iris (The Rainbow)
This adobe pyramid is especially important since its construction was done at the beginning of the Chimu culture and at the end of the Tiahuanuco-Wari culture between the tenth and eleventh centuries A.D. Its estimated age is 1100 years. The building has a square base and walls decorated with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations in high relief. The name of the Dragon comes from one of these figures, a two-headed creature with uncountable feet, similar to a dragon.
Chan Chan , which spans an area of 20 square km, is the largest mud-brick citadel dating back to the pre-Hispanic era. The complex is made up of many cities within a city, each of which has its own single entrance which leads down a corridor that opens up into other passageways lining walls and buildings featuring some marvelous rectangular architecture: inner patios, residences, administrative buildings, temples, platforms and storehouses. The walls were decorated with haut-relief friezes done in geometric and animal figures. The citadel was surrounded by outlying quarters which housed the kingdom's producers and servants.
The city was the urban center of a vast regional state which covered half of the Peruvian coast, stretching from Tumbes on the Ecuadorian border down as far south as Lima. All roads branched out from Chan Chan.
We continue to Huanchaco Beach, it is famous for the caballitos de totora, which are lightweight boats made of totora reeds that have been used to cut through the ocean since the time of the Mochicas and Chimus. There, you can enjoy exquisite seafood or simply bask in the glory of a day at the beach.
SUGGESTION : On the way to Chiclayo City we highly recommend visiting the Archeological Complex El Brujo and the Lady of Cao Mus eum, located 60 Km from the City of Trujillo in the Chicama Valley. Investigators have discovered indications of occupation from the pre-ceramic period (500 years old). Prominent is a great adobe pyramid, 30 m high in the walls of which the Mochicas shaped a rich iconography, the most well-known of which is the "Beheader", one of the most important polychromatic friezes. The figure of the executioner is repeated in ritual scenes in the ceramics.
NOTE: The travel time from Trujillo City to Chiclayo takes approximately 3hours drive. Ask for our special rates and alternatives in private bus or tourist bus.
Overnight: In Chiclayo City
Day 3: Royal Tombs of Sipan / Valley of the Pyramids, Tucume (lunch included)
Breakfast at your hotel. Pick up and transfer to the Museum of the Lord of Sipan.
The Lord of Sipan was buried with his head pointing south, his nose and ears covered with gold relics and his feet clad in silver. To accompany him, his subjects sacrificed women, children and llamas, while the finest warriors of the era accompanied their overlord on his voyage to the Afterlife. More than 1,700 years later, the warlord made his triumphant reappearance. Not that he did it by himself: in 1987, a team of archaeologists led by Walter Alva found the skeleton of the Lord of Sipan 29 km from the city of Chiclayo in the department of Lambayeque, on Peru's north coast. The structure found in Sipan is made up of three pyramids, one of which contained the warrior-priest accompanied by the bodies of his followers. But more than just the spectacular nature of the discovery and the sterling quality of the relics, the Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan have enabled historians and archaeologists to piece together much of the lost history of an impressive civilization which dominated most of northern Peru for centuries: the Moche.
We continue to the Tucume Pyramids Complex, one of the country´s most important pre-Inca centers because of the dimensions and quality of its structures, as the main attraction.
Tucume: Comprised of dozens of mud-brick pyramids formed around the sacred mountain of La Raya, the valley offers observation expeditions to museums and archaeological sites, participation in archaeological research, healing rituals and oral traditions.
Throughout the trip, there is an intensive cultural exchange with local residents through visits to workshops where textiles and pottery are handmade, participation in religious festivities and sampling of exquisite and varied cooking.
Finally you will be taken to the airport or bus station to continue your journey to another Peruvian tourist destination.
This program includes:
1 night in Trujillo City including breakfast
1 night in Chiclayo City including breakfast
Transfers and Tours with tourist transportation and official drivers as detailed in the program
All entrance fees according to the program
Applicable local taxes
Bilingual official guides (Spanish/English)
It does not include:
· Transfer Trujillo to Chiclayo (three alternatives at your choice) / Tour to El Brujo Complex & the Lady of Cao on route
· Meals or beverages not specified in the program
· Additional night during the journey due to flight cancellations
· Travel or personal insurance (highly recommended; consult our travel advisors)
· Telephone bills, phone calls or messages, laundry expenses, personal expenses and/or extra charges
· OTHERS NOT specified in the program
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