Learn about the Moche culture that inhabited the Peruvian coast, marvel at their jewelry craftsmanship, visit their famous Huacas and pyramids and enjoy the beautiful beach of Trujillo.
With our 5-Day Tour, you will get to see the best places around Chiclayo and Trujillo, from archeological sites, Museums to wonderful beaches. Learn about the ancient Moche culture and their special customs, view their incredible Huacas and the famous UNESCO World Heritage of Chan Chan. Visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan, the Museum in Lambayeque in Chiclayo, the pyramids of Tucume and many more sites.
We invite you to this fantastic tour that will teach you a lot about the pre-Colombian culture in Peru and leave you speechless about the fascinating archeological ruins and pretty beaches.
|Duration: 5 days||Max. Altitude: 34 m / 112 ft||Accommodation: Hotel|
|Difficulty: Easy||Season: All year|
- Transfers airport – hotel – bus station
- 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at the chosen hotel in Chiclayo.
- Excursion Huaca Rajada
- Full Day Tucume + Museum Royal Tombs + Sican
- Bus Chiclayo – Trujillo
- Transfers bus station – hotel – airport
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at the chosen hotel in Trujillo.
- City tour + Archaeological Museum
- Excursion Huacas del Sol & La Luna, Museum Huacas de Moche, Chan Chán and Huanchaco
- Entrance fees
- Shared excursions with bilingual guide.
- Assistance card with geographical coverage in Peru
- Flight tickets
- Personal expenses and tips.
- Travel insurance.
The city of Chiclayo is known as the “City of Friendship”, because of the warmth of its people. This city is located in the province of the same name, in the region of Lambayeque; this city is the capital of both the province and the department in which it is situated.
Among the different tourist attractions that are found within the beautiful city of Chiclayo, there are sites such as:
The Paseo de las Musas
The Elías Aguirre House
The Ex Convent of the Franciscan Fathers
The Basilica of San Antonio de los Padres Descalzos (San Antonio de los Padres Descalzos Basilica)
The Municipal Palace of Chiclayo
How is the climate of the city of Chiclayo?
The climate of Chiclayo is warm, desert and oceanic. The average annual maximum and minimum temperature (period 1950-1991) is 26.3°C and 20.9°C, respectively.
What is Huaca Rajada?
Huaca Rajada, also known as Sipan, is an archaeological complex initially occupied by the Moche culture and later by the Lambayeque culture, in northern Peru, consisting of a group of pyramids or huacas.
What was found in Huaca Rajada?
Huaca Rajada Archaeological Complex Lambayeque Valley
The discovery of the intact tomb of a powerful Moche ruler who inhabited the northern coast of Peru, long before the Incas, had great repercussions worldwide. And Huaca Rajada, a pyramid in Sipán, was chosen to house the remains of its ruler.
What materials were used to build the huacas?
The construction material is adobe, with impressions or stamps, adobones and adobitos, and one hectare of polychrome areas are still preserved. In the adobe bricks, 128 marks of origin from nearby communities have been identified; each one contributed a certain quantity of adobe bricks for the construction of the temples.
How is Tucume known?
Tucume is also known as the Valley of the Pyramids, with 26 large pyramids rising from the plain of the Lambayeque Valley.
The largest and most impressive pyramids are: Huaca Larga, the Temple of the Sacred Stone and Huaca Las Balsas, are located in the northeastern sector of Tucume.
How many are the Pyramids of Tucume?
The Valley of the Pyramids, also called the Archaeological Complex of Tucume, extends over 220 hectares. In the area you can find 26 pyramid-shaped buildings made of adobe clay and sand.
Lord of Sipan
The Lord of Sipan was a great Mochica warrior priest, whose remains were found near the city of Chiclayo in Huaca Rajada by Dr. Walter Alva in 1987. According to data he was a person of 1.65 m height, he was approximately 30 years old and it is estimated that he died between 240 and 310 AD.
Where was the Lord of Sipan located?
His discovery was made in the town centre of Sipán in Chiclayo Lambayeque, annex of Saltur in the district of Zaña; he belonged to the Mochica culture that worshipped the god Aiapaec as the main divinity, and also worshipped the sea and the moon.
What does the Lord of Sipan represent?
It represented the priest and the Old Lord of Sipan.
The pieces that accompanied him include, in addition to religious symbols such as the sun and the moon, the cup or bowl used for sacrifices, a gold-plated copper crown adorned with an owl with its wings outstretched and other elements for the worship of the Moon and the Sun.
What does Sipan mean?
The term Sipan refers to the name of a modern community and an archaeological site, located in the middle valley of the Lambayeque river.
What was found in the tomb of the Lord of Sipan?
In the tomb of the Lord of Sipan a large quantity of gold, silver, precious stones, ceramic objects and carved wood of unimaginable value were discovered. Their investigation has allowed historians and archaeologists to learn new aspects of the Mochica culture.
When was the tomb of the Lord of Sipan discovered?
The discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in 1987 was an important milestone in the archaeological scene worldwide and in the American continent, particularly because, for the first time, the mausoleum of a pre-Inca ruler was found intact.
What were the Huacas of the Moche culture like?
The Huacas del Sol and de la Luna are an archaeological complex located on the northern coast of Peru, considered to be a Moche sanctuary. It is made up of a group of monuments located about five kilometres south of the city of Trujillo, in the district of Moche.
What does the Huaca del Sol y de la Luna represent?
God Aiapaec Huaca of the Moon,
Legend has it that the Huaca del Sol was built by 250,000 men in 3 days and that more than 140 million adobe bricks were needed to finish it. And that in the Huaca de la Luna human sacrifices were made. With the excavation carried out, it is known that up to 40 warriors were found inside.
Who was the god Aiapaec?
He was the decapitated god, feared, worshipped, punished and protected the Moches in equal parts.
Who discovered the Huaca del Sol y la Luna?
It was discovered by the German archaeologist Max Uhle who made the discovery at the end of the 19th century. It was later investigated by Rafael Larco Hoyle, as well as by the archaeologists of the Chan Chan Moche Valley project of the universities of Harvard and California.
How did the huaca of the sun and the moon function?
The huaca of the sun functioned as a political administrative centre, where the upper class of the priests lived.
The huaca of the moon functioned as a ceremonial centre, which is made up of superimposed temples, according to the government of the Mochica power.
How was the huacas built?
They are built of adobe, the natives used the superimposition of structures that gave rise to the formation of platforms. Nowadays, these huacas are considered Monumental Patrimony of the Nation.
Did you know that its adobe structure is one of the largest in pre-Hispanic America?
What culture is Chan Chan?
Although Machu Picchu is the best known archaeological complex in Peru, there are other impressive destinations such as the citadel of Chan Chan, a large complex made of adobe where you will learn about the life of the Chimú culture.
How is the Huaca Cao Viejo built and what material is it made of?
The huaca is a truncated pyramid built of adobe. It is composed of seven superimposed buildings, built successively over five centuries, following the characteristic ceremonial of the Peruvian coastal cultures: the old building is buried to raise a new one on top of it.
Why is Chan Chan considered the largest mud city in the world?
It is the remains of a pre-Columbian civilisation, an adobe city built by the Chimúes, which is the largest adobe city in Latin America and the second largest known in the world. The “World’s Largest Mud City” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.
How were cities built in the Chimú culture?
CHIMÚ ARCHITECTURE: The Chimú were the best architects of Ancient Peru, they used adobe and quincha as raw materials, they created decorations on the walls called friezes or arabesques (polychrome muralism), they built large buildings with a great urban style like, for example: the city of Chan.
How was Huanchaco created?
The history of Huanchaco goes back to the Moche period. Its famous caballitos de totora are considered to be the precursors of surfing. With the growth and expansion of the Mochica culture, the coves of Santa Rosa, Eten and Pimentel grew to the north, passing through Chicama, Pakatnamu (Pacasmayo) and others.
What can you do in Huanchaco?
The name Huanchaco comes from Guaukocha (beautiful lagoon with golden fish). Today it is a traditional place and a picturesque seaside resort, an obligatory stop for tourists visiting the province of Trujillo. At the top of the beach there is a colonial church.
What animals are on the beach of Huanchaco?
Near the pier of Huanchaco you can see seabirds such as pelicans, shearwaters, guanayes and boobies taking advantage of the strange presence on the shore of fish such as anchoveta and silversides which are their main food.
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