Experiences North Coast – Amazonas – Tarapoto

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Experiences North Coast, Amazonas and Tarapoto

 16 Days / 15 Nights

  • Visit at the Sun and Moon Temple with local musicians
  • A painting workshop on fabrics with typical motifs and some information about healing plants
  • A bread-baking workshop with sweet potatoes
  • Personalised information about a Trapiche (sugar cane press) and the preparation of Panela
  • An evening with myths and legends around the fire place
  • Peruvian cooking class
  • A wood sculpture workshop according to Chachapoya replicas
  • An initiation of pottery in Huancas
  • The experience of a Homestay in Peru
  • Cours de cuisine péruvienne
  • Visit of the fortified city of Kuelap, a sacred place of the Chachapoya civilisation
  • Hike through the private conservation area of Milpuj in the Amazonas region
  • Wood sculpture workshop
  • Weaving workshop with the weaving ladies of Leymebamba
  • City Tour Chachapoyas
  • Pottery workshop in Huancas
  • Moderate hike and homestay at the Laguna de Huamanpata
  • Private conservation area of Huembo and birdwatching
  • Visit of Lamas

We provide our tour plans as an example for you to get inspired and an idea of how your travel in northern Peru could look like.

Once you have your trip in mind, we are happy to create with you your dream trip according to the length of your stay. We suggest you interesting sites to visit, nice places to stay, how to get there and if you should choose a guide to travel with you in order to discover a more confidential side of Peru.

Contact us today at info@phimavoyages.com or through our contact form. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Itinerary

Experiences North Coast, Amazonas and Tarapoto

 16 Days / 15 Nights

Day 1: Trujillo – City Tour – Sun and Moon Temples – Chan Chan

We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel. Some time to get refreshed and breakfast. Ready for your day tour.

Visit of the Sun and Moon Temples with the participation of local musicians and a presentation of the Moche Pottery. The impressing ruins become alive through the narration of your tour conductor. As the Moche people that lived between 100 and 800 after JC in Northern Peru, had the custom to fill up the buildings with earth after the death of each Lord and to build new on top of it, we still have many secrets to discover.

City tour of Trujillo.

Lunch (not included) in Huanchaco, a charming fisher village where we will enjoy the waves, the fresh air and a good spicy Ceviche !

In the afternoon visit of Chan Chan, world heritage by UNESCO. This impressive monument spread over around 20 km2 was with 30 000 inhabitants one of the biggest cities of its time. The Chimu culture developped after the Moche culture, between the 9th and 15th century. Only a small part of Chan Chan can be visited, but the details that are still visible show a lot about the great Chima culture.

Dinner on your own and overnight in your 3-star hotel in the center of Trujillo.

 Sun and Moon Temples Trujillo

 

Day 2: Trujillo – El Brujo – Tucume

In the morning we will visit the archaeological complex of El Brujo, the museum and the pyramids. Here as well we’ll find the Moche culture again, but this complex has big differences to the Sun and the Moon Tempels, and was inhabited between the 1st and the 5th century after JC. The tempels are richly decorated and the archaeologists could find jewelry and potery that were extremely fine. All of this shows us the greatness of this culture.

Lunch in Pacasmaya (not included) directly at the sea shore and then we drive to Tucume.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel Los Horcones de Tucume, 3 stars. The hotel Los Horcones is built with Adobe bricks and exclusively local materials. In collaboration with different local associations the hotel now proposes workshops that should contribute to explain the Moche culture and today’s life of the inhabitants of this region.

site El Brujo

 

 

Day 3 : Tucume

Today we visit the Pyramids of Tucume and the onsite museum. We are now in territory of the Lambayeque culture between 1 000 and 1 400 after JC that afterwards transformed into the Chimu culture (as in the city of Chan Chan). The 26 pyramids of Tucume are situated on over 220 hectars and the archaeologists believe that there were several lords at the same time. The biggest pyramid is 700 m long, 270 m wide and 30 m high !

Lunch (not included) in a rural restaurant.

In the afternoon we will experience a Painting workshop on linen with typical motifs as well as an initiation in healing plants. The technic consists in collecting several plants in the garden and come up with an artwork. A great opportunity to learn about the faith and the symbols of the Moche culture. While our painting is drying, we will have a cold or warm delicious infusion of these local plants.

Dinner on your own and overnight in the hotel Los Horcones de Tucume, Ruralodge, 3 stars.

Traditional fabrics

 

Day 4 : Tucume – Chiclayo

In the morning we visit the Museum Tumbas Reales of Sipan, that is also known under the name of “Museum of the Lord of Sipan“. This museum opened in 2002 and is today one of the best in Peru. It hosts over 2 000 art pieces in gold. Its architecture is based on the troncated pyramids of the Moche culture.

Lunch is in a restaurant close to the Museum. We then assist another workshop, this time “Baking potatoe and pumpkin bread the traditional way”. You might have seen a little all over Northern Peru the traditionnal adobe ovens. Today will be the opportunity to see how the locals prepare interesting and delicious bread varieties out of their vegetables. This workshop is “hands on” and you will have the experience to prepare the dough and form the breads. The baking in the wood oven is then the easy part.

Dinner on your own and overnight at the Hotel Los Horcones de Tucume, 3 stars.

Rural tourism Northern Peru

 

Day 5: Chiclayo – Gocta

After breakfast we leave for the Amazonas region. Our drive will take around 8 hours and we will have a box lunch on the way. The village of Cocachimba is our first stop in Amazonas.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel Gocta Lodge, 3 stars. From this hotel you have a spectacular view on the Gocta waterfall, one of the highest in the world.

Village Cocachimba, Gocta, Amazonas

Day 6: Gocta – Panela

After breakfast hike or horse ride to the Gocta waterfall. The six different viewpoints that we pass on our 3-hour trail (one way) show us always a different view on this spectacular, 711 m high waterfall. We also will see butterflies, orchids, bromelias and other exotic flowers on our way – and if we are lucky, we might see the famous Spatuletail colibri or a Gallito de las Rocas ! 

On our way we will also have some time to assist in a presentation of sugar cane extraction. Sugar cane used to be the biggest agricultural product in Cocachimba, but it starts to get replaced by organic coffee. I am sure you will love this experience of molding the sugar cane and drinking its juice.

Lunch (not included) in the hotel.

Dinner on your own and overnight at the Hotel Gocta Lodge, 3 Stars. After dinner, myths and legends around the fire place.

 

 

Day 7 : Karajia – Lamud – Cooking class

After breakfast we leave Cocachimba and drive to Luya and from there to Cruz Pata. Once we arrive in this little village, we hike for about 30 minutes through this rural landscape, learn about the potatoe production of the village and how the inhabitants adapt to tourism. We then arrive at the Sarcophagi of Karajia and our guide will explain us everything about the specificities of the six sarcophagi that are around 600 years old. They were discoverd 1985 by Federico Kauffman Doig and the archaeologist still have many questions to answer.

We then continue to the hotel Tambo Sapalanchan to have lunch and some time to rest or enjoy the view.

Then it is already time for our cooking class with owner and Chef de Cuisine Paul. He invites us into his kitchen and will share his cooking secrets with us. Peruvian cooking with their spices and herbs, local ingredients and different kind of potatoes – this is the opportunity to experience more about it. During our hands-on cooking class we will prepare a local dinner with Chef Paul.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel Tambo Sapalanchan, 3 stars. This charming hotel was built by Nora and Paul in 2013. It is situated just 800 m outside of Lamud on a quiet road and the generosity and friendliness of Nora and Paul will make you feel like at home really quickly.

Rural tourism

 

Day 8: Lamud – Kuelap – Private Conservaetion Area Milpuj

After breakfast we drive direction Kuelap. This fortress was built between 500 and 800 after JC on a mountain top at 3 000 m altitude and thus is 1 000 years older than the Machu Picchu in the South of Peru !

After a two-hour drive we will have time to visit the private conservation area of Huiquillas, one of several private initiatives for the protection of the biodiversity in Peru and a pionneer in the Amazonas region. The family takes care of the reforestation of trees and the local animals such as puma, spectacled bear and the Andean fox, as well as birds (Quetzal, colibris and tucans) and all kind of plants.

From Huiquillas we then continue further uphill to Kuelap. We make a stop in Maria for lunch before we’ll finish the last 30 minutes. Arrival at La Malca and then a 20-minute hike to the ruins of Kuelap, the most important archaeological complex of the region with over 450 roundhouses, over 20 m high walls and still many unsolved mysteries…

From Kuelap we drive to Leymebamba, around 3 hours, sitauted at 1 800 m altitude, always following the Utcubamba river.

Today you have a dinner on your own in the village of Leymebamba and overnight at the Hostal La Casona de Leymebamba, managed by brother and sister.

Kuelap Chachapoyas

 

Day 9: Museum of Leymebamba – Wood and Weaving workshop

After breakfast we will visit the Museum of Leymebamba that opened in 2000. It is here that you can see the 219 mummies, pottery, fabrics and wooden works from the Chachapoya culture that were found in a Mausoleum at the Lagoon of the Condors in 1997. 

The museum explains very well the differences, but also the common things of the Chachapoya and Inca cultures. The Incas came to the region of today’s Amazonas around 1470, but were rejected by the local Chachapoya warriors for a long time. They never managed to conquer the complete territory of the Chachapoya. After the arrival of the Spanish in Northern Peru, the Chachapoya fought with the Spanish in order to avoid any further Inca conquest. You will also see in the museum an unique exposition of Quipus. Quipus are the string systems with different colors and knots that helped the Incas to count, but also to “write down” stories.

After our visit to the musum, we contine at the craftshop of Miguel Huaman, a master in wooden sculpture that is specialised in traditional wood works. He was inspired by the discoveries at the Lagoon of the Condors and started to carve sarcophagi, wooden figures and the replicas presented at the Museum of Leymebamba. We have time to carve our own sculpture that we can take back home. At the same time we have the opportunity to learn much more about the culture of the Chachapoya.

Lunch in Leymebamba (not included) and visit of the church and the exposition aula Naypa, that is situated in the village cultural center and explains the local history.

Now it’s time for another hands-on lesson again, this time at a weaving workshop at the local women association AMAL. First we will learn about the fabrication process of wool, from the sheep over natural coloring and the realisation of the end product. Then we will try ourselves to weave a little piece – a completely new experience.

Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel La Casona de Leymebamba.

 Rural tourism Northern Peru

 

Day 10: Leymebamba – Chachapoyas – City Tour -Huancas – Pottery

After breakfast, 3-hour transfer back from Leymebamba to Chachapoyas. City tour in Chachapoyas, this really charming colonial town with over 1 000 wooden balconies on the white house facads.

Time for a Market visit and some shopping. Free lunch in town.

In the afternoon transfer to Huancas, a village that is well known for its cooking ceramic and the pottery tradition that is over 500 years old ! This tradition was named National Culture Heritage of Peru in 2012. In Huancas we will be greated with music and directed to our pottery workshop. The ladies from the local association will explain us the pottery art and we will work on our plates and pots.

From Huancas we will hike to the Sonche Canyon from where we will enjoy the sunset. Then back to Chachapoyas and dinner on your own.

Overnight at the hotel La Xalca, 3 stars. A new modern hotel with style, situated in central Chachapoyas.

 Region Amazonas

 

Day 11: Chachapoyas – Izcuchaca – Lagoon of Huamanpata

Today we drive to Rodriguez de Mendoza. This region is well known for its biological coffee. The local coffee producer created their cooperative and now export their coffee to Europe.

On the way to Rodriguez we visit the Palm trees of Ocol, another unique ecosystem in the region. The local women association tries to protect this conservation area to be deforested for domestic needs.

In Izuchaca we start our 4-hour hike to the Lagoon of Huamanpata. During the lagoon season from February to July we will reach Roberto’s homestay by canoe. During the dry season the lagoon disappears and we walk another 45 minutes along the riverside to Roberto’s house.

At the homestay we will get lunch and dinner, prepared by Carmen out of local products. After we had our lunch, we decide what we would like to do this afternoon and what we prefer to see tomorrow : the orchid trail, the trail with the view, the monkey trail or a fishing trip with the canoe on the lagoon (obviously the last option is depending on the lagoon season).

After an eventful day with Roberto we will have dinner and Overnight at the Homestay.

Panoramic view from Huamanpata, Amazonas

 

Day 12: Lagoon of Huamanpata

After a hearty breakfast we will explore the region on the trails that we haven’t done the day before. In this private conservation area you will make many different experiences. Roberto is a great guide, he knows the lagoon and the surrounding area perfectly and is very proud to share his knowledge and his country with us.

Dinner around the fire place and overnight at the homestay.

  

Day 13: Lagoon of Huamanpata – Rodriguez de Mendoza – Chachapoyas

After breakfast and a last view over the Lagoon we will return to Rodriguez de Mendoza, but on another trail than on the arrival. We will have lunch in Rodriguez (not included). In the afternoon we will visit the Thermal Bath of Tocuya that are situated directly at the River Gebil and are well known for their medical virtues. (Please take note that the water in the thermes is warm, but not hot.)

Return to Chachapoyas. Free dinner and overnight at the hotel La Xalca, 3 stars.

Coffee region

 

Day 14:  Chachapoyas – Huembo – Tarapoto

Today we will leave for Tarapoto. After a 2-hour drive we will make a stop at Huembo, well known for its bird diversity. The forests around Huembo are the transition zone between the humid mountain forests and the dry Maranon forest of the higher situated Utcubamba Valley. Huembo is the ideal place for birders and we hope to see the famous Spatuletail Colibri there. Lunch on the road or lunch box (not included). From Huembo we have another 5 hours to drive to Tarapoto.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel Rio Shilcayo, 3 stars.

Day 15: Tarapoto – Lamas – Tarapoto

After breakfast we drive to Lamas, the folkore capital of San Martin and the town with three levels. First we will visit the Cocoa Chocolate Fundo from ECOPERLACHA to learn all about the different kinds of cocoa and to taste as well !

Now we continue at the indigenous community of Huayku where we will meet the local Quechua Lamistas and see how they live in this region and which are their special craft works (pottery and weaving). Lunch on the road (not included).

We finish with the “Castillo de Lamas” with a stunning view on the Huallaga River, the Bayo Mayo Valley and the Cordillera Azul.

Dinner in Tarapoto, Restaurant Bijau or Patarashca.

Overnight in Hotel Río Shilcayo, 3 stars.

Experiences in Lamas 

Day 16 : Tarapoto

Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

 


We provide our tour plans as an example for you to get inspired and an idea of how your travel in northern Peru could look like.

Once you have your trip in mind, we are happy to create with you your dream trip according to the length of your stay. We suggest you interesting sites to visit, nice places to stay, how to get there and if you should choose a guide to travel with you in order to discover a more confidential side of Peru.

Contact us today at info@phimavoyages.com or through our contact form. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Budget

Experiences North Coast, Amazonas and Tarapoto

 16 Days / 15 Nights

 

We provide our tour plans as an example for you to get inspired and an idea of how your travel in northern Peru could look like.

Once you have your trip in mind, we are happy to create with you your dream trip according to the length of your stay. We suggest you interesting sites to visit, nice places to stay, how to get there and if you should choose a guide to travel with you in order to discover a more confidential side of Peru.

Contact us today at info@phimavoyages.com or through our contact form. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Included in the program:

  • English speaking guide as well as local Spanish-speaking tour conductor
  • Transportation in private Minivan
  • Entrance fees to all the different attractions
  • 15 nights in double-occupany rooms (Hotel and homestay)
  • 16x breakfast
  • 6x lunch
  • 7x dinner
  • Still Mineralwater throughout the program
  • Personal service during the program 24 h / 24 h

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Any expenses for souvenirs and handcrafts
  • Bank charges for wire transfer



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