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DISCOVER TRUJILLO & CHICLAYO

Code:FTRU01
Tour:DISCOVER TRUJILLO & CHICLAYO
Duration:4 Days
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Around the 6th Century AD what is now the north of Peru was the home of a culture that in two centuries achieved a degree of sophistication unique in the Americas: the Moche.

Today one can visit Moche burial mounds, pyramids and mausoleums in the departments of La Libertad and Lambayeque. Some fabulous museums have also recently been opened here.


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DAY 1: LIMA - TRUJILLO
We will transfer you from your hotel in Lima to the airport, and provide you assistance on your departure flight to Trujillo.
Upon arrival in Trujillo, you will be met at the airport and transfered to your selected hotel.
Tour to the city of Trujillo, also known as the "City of Eternal Spring", and which has a rich colonial heritage, standing out its baroque style properties as well as the republican art of its neo-classical mansions. Panoramic tour of its churches, which are characterized by external simplicity of lines of the temples, even when in the inside there are very elaborated and showy retablos, altars and pulpits, as well as beautiful pictures of the Trujillo school. Pass by the Santa Clara church dating from 1587, and admire its beautiful baroque style. Appreciate the church of El Carmen, considered the most important architectural work in the region with an impressive interior that preserves valuable altars, liturgical furnishings and an art gallery with paintings from the Quito school. Visit the church of San Francisco, whose architectural structure has cruise and side chapels, and where Saint San Francisco Solano predicted the earthquake of 1619. Continue to visit the Church of La Merced, which has a facade of superimposed architectural lines and houses paintings with scenes of the life of Saint Pedro Nolasco. In the choir loft is his rococo style organ, unique in the city. Continue to the Superior Court of Justice, established in 1824 and the first in Peru, with powers of Supreme Court.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Plaza de Armas, a beautiful historic setting where Martin de Estete began tracing the city on behalf of the founder Diego de Almagro in December 1534, in which main part you find the monument of La Libertad, a baroque sculpture built of marble, the Cathedral, which dates from 1647 and whose interior rococo altars are painted white and gold and houses baroque paintings from the Cusco and Quito schools, and the Archbishop's Palace. Continue to visit the Urquiaga or Calonge Mansion, of neoclassical style, and in which interior you find the desk of Simon Bolivar, a large collection of pottery and dishes donated by the Libertador to Mr. Juan Antonio Ochaita y Urquiaga. Today, the mansion belongs to the Banco Central de Reserva del Peru. Proceed to visit the House of Emancipation, also known as the "House of Windows", which was the residence of Dr. Pedro Madalengoitia y Saenz de Zarate, cantor of the Cathedral and brother of the Bishop of Trujillo. This house was purchased and restored by BBVA Banco Continental up to the present. Continue to the Palace of Iturregui, a Trujillo virreynal seventeenth century mansion, inhabited in the eighteenth century by the Marquis de Bellavista. At present it houses the Central Club of Trujillo. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Plaza El Recreo and the ancient City Wall of Trujillo, before heading to the Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, which displays archaeological remains related to the different Hispanic cultures that developed in the Region of La Libertad. Then drive to the Huaca Dragon, also called Huaca Arco Iris, belonging to the Chimu culture and located on the northern outskirts of the city of Trujillo. This is a great religious monument and ceremonial and administrative center, built in adobe, whose murals are decorated with friezes, showing human figures and representing a stilyzed rainbow.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in America and the largest of the Chimu culture, with an area of 20 km2. Its central area is formed by a group of 10 walled towns (called "citadels") and other solitary pyramids. The rest consists of numerous small structures, sidewalks, canals, walls and cementeries. Drive then to Huanchaco, an ancient fishing village where you can see the old boats called "Caballitos de Totora" with which millenary tradition of artisanal fishing is kept alive.
After the visit, return to the hotel.

DAY 2: TRUJILLO TEMPLES OF THE SUN AND THE MOON
Breakfast at the hotel.Excursion south of Trujillo to visit a religious center of the Mochica culture, built in the 5th century. Admire the temples of The Sun and The Moon.
Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 3: TRUJILLO HUACA CAO HIGHLIGHTS CHICLAYO
Breakfast at the hotel.Depart for the Valley of Chicama, located some 20 miles northern Trujillo, to visit the archaeological complex "El Brujo", which dates back to the Mochica culture. The 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 150 feet in height with walls decorated with friezes and colored 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 on going and may reveal additional uses for the El Brujo area.
Discover the mystery of an ornately tattooed 1,600 year-old-Mummy unearthed in this archaeological complex, and preserved for centuries, thanks to a meticulous treatment and ancient ritual that included the application of cinnabar, a red mineral that inhibits the descomposition of the skin and tissues.
After visit, continue to Chiclayo. Overnight at selected hotel in Chiclayo.

DAY 4: CHICLAYO - THE LORD OF SIPAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Tucume, a vast Lambayeque archaeological complex that is over a thousand years old flanking an impossing hill, from where the extensive pre-columbian urban site can be surveyed. The remains belong to successive cultures: Mochica, Lambayeque, Chimu and Inca. Visit its site museum and the Purgatory Hill. Proceed then to the city of Lambayeque to visit the Lord of Sipan site museum which displays a dramatization of the life of the Lord of Sipan and his royal court, the three-floor center is formed in a pyramid, inspired by the Mochica sanctuaries, to thus bring together the past, present and future of the Lambayeque identity. Continue then to the Bruning Museum, which displays more than 1,500 pieces from several cultures, including objects from Chimu, Vicus, Moche and Lambayeque cultures. It now houses the priceless treasures of the royal tombs of Sipan. Visit the artisans villages before returning to the city of Chiclayo and the hotel. Lunch included.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport and assistance on departure flight.

Upon your arrival in Lima, we will provide assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.


Included:
Accommodation
Meals as detailed in the program
Transfers in /out
Local English/Spanich speaking guides

Not Included:
Air Tickets
Airport taxes (Domestic US$ 6.05, International US$ 30.25 per person)
Services and meals not mentioned in the program
Personal Expenses

Note: Tumbas Reales Museum is closed on Mondays


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