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From the Amazon to the Pacific coast

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Location:
Tarapoto - Chiclayo - Trujillo
Duration:
14 Days
Departures:
All year long
Group size:
4 to 12 people

  Green Tours | Price

per pax based on double occupancy
US$ 3,224.oo

Single suppl.
US$ 680

Detailed Itinerary

From the Amazon to the Pacific coast

14 days tour

Day 1 Tarapoto
From the Tarapoto airport you will be transferred to Pumarinri lodge. The lodge is located next to the Huallaga River at an altitude of 657 feet above sea level, in a canyon that crosses the last Andes mountains before going into the Amazon.
After lunch we will hike into the forests near the lodge, a 60 minutes’ walk allows to experience the rich biodiversity of the forest: different kind of insects, birds, medicinal plants, giant trees and ferns, colorful frogs. The walk takes us up to the Pucayaquillo creek, where (if you want) can take a relaxing bath.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Tarapoto
Morning visit to the ACONABIKH Center, a protected area created for the conservation of the rare hummingbird “Koepcke’s Hermit”. The hummingbird feeders set up in the area attract almost 15 species of hummingbirds. In the forest interior it is possible to see an active lek of Yellow-headed Manakins where the colorful male birds “dance” to catch the attention of the females.
We will drive back to the lodge for lunch and have some rest during the hottest hours of the day, or we can go out on a walk looking for colorful poison dart frogs. By the end of the afternoon we will visit the traditional fishing port of Chumia.
Overnight at Pumarinri lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3 - Tarapoto - Waqanki - Abra Patricia
After breakfast we will take the road heading north, to the mountains of Alto Mayo. On the road we have a visit to Waqanki Orchid Center, a private nature reserve hold by a local family. They have an orchid garden with more than 150 species, and a series of hummingbird feeders where it is possible to see up to 20 hummingbird species.
The road to Abra Patricia runs across the “Alto Mayo Protected Forest”, one of the most diverse mountain forests of Peru. Along the road we could see Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks flying above, and there are several hummingbird feeding stations with lots of hummingbirds around.
Overnight at Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch, Dinner.
Days 4 Abra Patricia - Cocachimba
We will have a morning hike along one of the several trails around the lodge. The cloud forests here are full of orchids, insects and colorful birds. Just after lunch we will leave Abra Patricia and get into a more typical “Andean landscape”, with pastures and crop fields.
On the way to the next lodge we will stop at Huembo Private Reserve. A nature reserve created to protect the endangered “Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird”, one of the most beautiful but rare hummingbirds on Earth.
Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch.
Day 5 Gocta waterfall
This morning we will hike for about five hours to visit one of the highest waterfalls in the world. Its 2,530 feet drop, in two impressive falls, provides a spectacular show and an experience you'll always remember. As you walk through the rainforest you'll see orchids, giant ferns and trees, and lots of birds.
After a rewarding lunch you will have all the afternoon to rest in the lodge, or you can take a short walk on your own to explore the village.
Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 6 Kuelap
We will visit the renowed site of Kuelap. This is an imposing building on the edge of a deep cliff. Recent archaeological research points out that this could have been an important religious center dedicated to the Chachapoyan gods, probably the god of thunder and rain, and others. The citadel is surrounded by an impressive wall nearly 2,000 feet long, the gates or main entrances are constructed as narrow walled passageways that continue to narrow as they reach upwards and into the fortress, so the entrance to the complex would remain restricted.
Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 7 Cocachimba - Chiclayo
Full day drive traversing the Andes to reach the Pacific coast. It will take about 10 hours to get to the city of Chiclayo, during the trip we will traverse the Rio Marañon valley and its fantastic scenery.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch.
Day 8 Chiclayo
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Huaca Rajada, near the town of Sipan. This is the archaeological complex where the tomb of the famous Lord of Sipan was found. This Moche lord was one of the most powerful rulers of his time, who had absolute power over life and death of his subjects. The tomb of the Lord of Sipan is the best example of the splendor and great power of the Moche rulers. The archaeological works have found large volumes of fine jewelry made on gold, silver, and copper, plus ceremonial utensils that are helping archaeologists to have a better understanding of the Moche culture.
In addition, there are many more burials of different important figures from the Moche elite, the findings of theses tombs are shown in an interesting on-site museum. After lunch we will visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. This is one of the most modern and impressive archaeological museums in South America. The museum holds a collection of remarkable Moche artwork pieces that have been found in the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, at the Huaca Rajada site: silver and gold jewelry, fine weaving, emblems of religious and military power, and great quantities of ceremonial utensils.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Days 9 Chiclayo: Túcume
To fully understand what Túcume was, and still is, we need to start the day outside the archaeological site, at the Modelo Market in city center of Chiclayo. Here, the section dedicated to shamans and healers offers a huge variety of elixirs, potions, exotic spices and drying herbs, wild with visual overload: hanging shells, small altarpieces and bottles filled with hooves and claws, snake skins, miniature desiccated crocs, claws, skunks, and fish eggs; all of these used by the shamans in their healing rituals. All shamans from Túcume come to this market to get the supplies they need for their work.
Inside the archaeological site of Túcume we will find Master healer Genaro Nima, his house is not far from Cerro Purgatorio and Huaca Las Balsas, and for him this is the best place to perform his healing rituals. These places give him the strength and power to heal the people that come to him searching for help. Shamas have been doing this for centuries, and will keep doing as long as people as Don Genaro preserve his faith in the sacred hills and temples of Túcume.
After having met Don Genaro we can visit the archaeological site of Túcume: Huaca Larga, the Latin America's largest adobe pyramid; the “Cerro Purgatorio” hill, perhaps the place with the highest burden of religious mysticism of the entire complex; and Huaca Las Balsas, the residence of a caste of priest women where the iconography on the walls depicts how important was the sea for these people: birds and waves, bird-men and mythical birds, deities in an attitude of rowing on a fishing boat surrounded by birds and fish.
Then we will have lunch at a lodge nearby.
Another interesting feature of the people of Túcume was their agriculture techniques. In the heyday of Túcume in the valley grew corn, lima beans, beans, pumpkins, peppers, sweet potato, among others, as well as various fruit crops; but one of the most important crops was cotton, whose fiber high quality fabrics were essential for making clothes and fishing nets. To learn more about native cotton, we will visit a cotton weaving workshop, there we will see and learn about the complete process of cotton weaving, from the harvest of the wool to the “waist weaving” technique. These techniques have been inherited from mother to daughter for hundreds of years and one of the most recognized person in the art of native cotton spinning and weaving is Doña Susana Bances, a long-time local celebrity about the ancient arts of the Moche that shares her ancient knowledge with their neighbors to create extraordinary pieces of craftsmanship.
Overnight in Chiclayo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 10 Chaparri
Morning transfer to Chaparri nature reserve. Chaparri is a private, community-owned reserve of 34,000 hectares of Pacific dry forests, well known for its White-winged Guan population, which has been re-established from captive-bred birds. Other interesting project they have is the recovery of wild populations of Spectacled Bear.
Overnight at Chaparri lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11 Chaparri
We will spend the full day enjoying the dry forest around the lodge, with lots of birds coming to the feeders and hummingbirds bathing in the nearby creek.
Overnight at Chaparri lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12 Chaparri - Trujillo
Early drive to the city of Trujllo. En route we will take a detour for a visit to El Brujo and Museo Cao. This is an archaeological site composed by different temples built by the Moche people. The main temple is Huaca Cao Viejo, within this temple archaeologists have found the remains of an important ceremonial precinct with two walls decorated with small high-relief iconographic designs. The narrative scenes that decorate both walls each contain approximately 50 iconographic figures showing scenes of fishing and navigation, human figures related to the cosmic world, mythical animals, shamans, warriors, and human sacrifice. At Huaca Cao Viejo the archaeologists found the famous mummy of the Lady of Cao, the only Moche governor woman known to these days.
Overnight in Trujillo.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed-Lunch.
Day 13 Trujillo
Huacas del Sol y de la Luna and the Moche countryside. A half-day of living history in the Moche river valley, one of the most interesting rural areas of northern Peru. More than 2,000 years ago here was built what the archaeologists believe to be the capitol of the Moche kingdom, one of the most powerful and impressive cultures of pre-Incan Peru. The Moches are mainly known for the highest level of mastery in the creation of pottery and decorative iconography of their monuments.
The first visit is at the “Inconceivable Face” artisans’ workshop, where it's possible to participate in the production of modern Moche ceramics. These craftsmen have rescued the age-old techniques of their renowned Moche ancestors in the manufacture of ceramics using fine mud molds. During the visit the native music group The Caymans will present a sample of Moche music using traditional instruments like the pututo, and a type of ceramic trumpet. This visit brings a touch of living culture to your Moche experience.
The final stop and principal attraction this morning is the Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon) archaeological complex and the Huacas de Moche Museum. The Temple of the Moon is an exquisitely decorated temple that represents the spiritual center of the Moche culture. The monument consists of a series of temples built one on top of the other for many years. Within the site archaeologists have found, among a wealth of ceremonial objects, about 40 skeletons of sacrificed soldiers. In the upper reaches of the adobe ramparts one can view the remains of enormous walls decorated with figures of multi-colored divinities, the most of important of which being the Moche “God of the Mountains”.
After a typical marine lunch in the coastal town of Huanchaco, we’ll be visiting Chan Chan. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire, which inhabited this region after the fall of the Moche. It is the first and by far the largest non-pyramidal adobe construction site in northern Peru. In fact, at over 500 acres, it is the largest known adobe complex in the world, and is divided into 9 separate smaller cities.
In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Trujillo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Days 14 Trujillo
Today we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Meals: Breakfast.

Travel tips and recommendations

  • Weather: Most days in the Tarapoto area will be warm and humid, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. Some rain should be expected, from brief showers to sometimes extended periods of heavy rain. Most days in the Andes will be dry and slightly cold, with a mixture of sunshine and overcast conditions. In the Pacific coast weather is generally dry and warm.
  • Time Zone: Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. Also, it is in the same time zone as US Eastern Standard Time Zone and does not observe daylight-savings time.
  • Immunizations: Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Electricity: 220 volts in all cities and lodges. Chaparri lodge has two hours of electricity at night, the energy is generated by solar panels.

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