Rural stay with traditional activities in Northern Peru

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Rural Stay in Northern Peru

16 Days / 15 Nights

A solidary trip to discover the more secret north of Peru, and at the same time get to live within communities in a rural stay that are eager to share their daily life with you. The local tourism associations will be your guide to discover a little-known country and will make this stay a unique moment.

Length :    16 days in Northern Peru, from Tarapoto to Trujillo

 

Highlights of your rural stay

  • Rural stay at family houses with a true immersion into Peruvian culture
  • Chocolat production and tasting in Chazuta
  • Canoe tour in the private reservation area of Santa Elena
  • Coffee production and sugar cane sugar in  Cuispes
  • Hike to Yumbilla, one of the highest waterfalls in the world
  • Discover the citadel of Kuelap
  • Explore the Mummy Museum in Leymebamba
  • Learn all about weaving techniques and paint your own sarcophagus
  • Prepare and Cook the Pachamanca, a traditionnal dish cooked in the earth
  • Discover the Pyramids of Tucume and the famous Museum Tumbas Reales
  • Visit the archaeological sites of El Brujo, Chan Chan and the Sun and the Moon Temples

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

Rural stay in Northern Peru

16 Days / 15 Nights

 

A solidary trip to discover the more secret north of Peru, and at the same time get to live within communities in rural stay that are eager to share their daily life with you. The local tourism associations will be your guide to discover a little-known country and will make this stay a unique moment.

 

Your detailed itinerary

Day 1 –  Tarapoto – Chazuta

We will meet you at the Tarapoto airport and bring you directly to the Chazuta community, 40 kilometres or one hour by car from Tarapoto, where your rural stay will start.

You will be welcome and have dinner with your host family in your first rural stay.

bord de rivière Chazuta

 

Day 2 – Rural stay in Chazuta

The community of Chazuta, located on the banks of the Huallaga River, 260 m above sea level and whose waters feed downstream the great Amazon River welcomes you.

Its welcoming members will be happy to show you their experience in chocolate, ceramics and paper made with banana bark. The chocolate of Chazuta is internationally renown, as it was awarded several Prizes of International Fairs such as in New York or Paris. The ceramics of Chazuta are very fine and with recognizable scenes. You will learn how to make paper in a very artisanal way and based on banana bark. It represents an excellent support for the preparation of diplomas or even beautiful paintings.

You will spend several nights with your host family, in simple but functional houses.

Rural tourism Northern Peru

 

Day 3 – Chazuta

We continue today to discover this beautiful community of Chazuta.

To start we will take a trip on the river. This river is the “road” that leads to the farms downstream of the town, in the middle of the jungle. This is also the way the “traffickers” in this region used to travel.

Once at the farm, you have time to walk to the waterfall; the owner will make you discover his “cocoa farm“.

Rural tourism

Day 4 – Chazuta – Lamas – Moyobamba

Today we are leaving Chazuta. Our first stop will be the community of Lamas: approximately 2 hours by car.

Lamas is “the village with 3 floors“, known for its native community that speaks Quechua. They make their own clothes and live on locally produced foods. We will visit the town of Lamas, and be sure to visit the local craft shops.

Lunch in Lamas (not included).

We will continue our rural stay on the route to Moyobamba, the capital of the San Martín region, approximately 2 hours.

Here we will stay with a lovely Peruvian couple. Seizo cooks extra fresh products and fish from their own fish farms. They will serve us a very tasty dinner.

 

Day 5 – Moyobamba – Cuispes

Departure in the morning after breakfast from Casa de Seizo to Rioja. We will join the Santa Elena Nature Reserve. It is a private conservation area, managed by a community of the region that got organized as a tourism association.

They will make you discover the charms of nature with a canoe trip. You can, with luck, as always, see monkeys, birds and other insect varieties, extraordinary trees like the walking tree or another tree to which the criminals were tied to be tortured by the ants.

On the road again, we will continue for lunch in a private reserve that has been over 30 years in charge of Mr. Hugo Vela, an important actor in the region in terms of rural community tourism. He has reclaimed this marsh to make an incredible nature area. We will make you taste the specialty of Rioja, the Avispa Juane.

After that, we have another 3 hours of road to travel today. This road is called Belaunde Terry. Belaunde, name of the president of the Republic of the 1960s during the legislature from which it was built to connect in the north of Peru the eastern and western parts of the Andes.

You will cross the Andes, with absolutely splendid and changing landscapes, at an altitude of 800 m in Moyobamba, you will climb more than 2,000 m at the level of Lake Pomacochas to descend to Pedro Ruiz and then climb up to 1,800 m, height of  Cuispes. You have now left the San Martin area to enter the Amazon region.

Here you will join a new host family for your rural stay over the next few days in Cuispes. You will have dinner before bedtime and enjoy the calm that prevails in this beautiful village of 400 inhabitants.

 Tour en canoë Tingana

 

Day 6 –  Rural stay in Cuispes – Experiences in the local community

In the menu of activities offered by this active community, you will have the opportunity to choose or join cumulatively in coffee farm workshops, visit the guinea pig farm or make bread. As a reminder, the guinea pig is the traditional and typical food of the Andean countries, not only in Peru, but also in Ecuador or in the Bolivian plateaus. If you wish, you can order this dish of choice for the next night to your hosts.

You might want to participate in a bread workshop. The bread in the region is not limited to one or two types, there are lots and different, but often quite sweet, not very salty. And what about making chankaka, the block of unrefined sugar made out of sugarcane?

At the end of your day, you join your host family again for dinner.

Responsible tourism

 

Day 7 – Cuispes – Hike to the Yumbilla waterfall

This morning, the town’s tourism association will guide you on a hike to the famous Yumbilla waterfall. On the way you meet other waterfalls, all more beautiful than the others.

Be attentive and very respectful of this magnificent primary forest in which you will walk. It is the pride of the people of the region and you can know the famous “gallito de la roca”, the emblematic bird of Peru.

Optionally, we can offer an initiation to Canyoning activity in one of the many waterfalls that populate this valley. The members of the Cuispes association are in permanent training in this adventure activity. Their respective families will have prepared a picnic basket that you will take with you and enjoy not far from the waterfalls.

You will join your host family in the afternoon.

magnifique point de vue

Day 8 – Kuelap

Departure from Cuispes and transfer to the cable car in Tingo Nuevo, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. After the trip in the cable car that lasts 20 minutes from 1,900 to almost 3,000 m of altitude, followed by a walk of 2 kilometres to reach the entrance of the site, you will finally appreciate the archaeological site of Kuelap that belongs to the Chachapoya culture.

It is a fortified citadel that was built on a high plateau at 3000 m height around 500 AD. An impressive wall of almost 600 m long and 20 m high surrounds it. Visit of Kuelap takes a minimum of 2 hours and lunch at Mrs. Teodula.

Back to Tingo Nuevo, continue to Leymebamba, approximately 2 hours and welcome of your new host family.

Kuelap

Day 9 – Rural stay in Leymebamba – Experiences within the community

The horse remained in this region a mode of transport, either for men but also, very often, for products and merchandise. We regularly meet farmers returning from the “Chacra” or family farm with their horse loaded with the products of the harvest of the day.

We will take this mode of transportation today to go to the Leymebamba museum.

The Leymebamba Museum is famous for hosting more than 200 mummies and their funerary offerings that were discovered in 1997 in the Laguna de los Cóndores.

This museum is a wonderful example of international cooperation and the work done by a community to help develop their village. In the Leymebamba Museum you will also find an impressive collection of Peruvian Quipus.

Tissage Leymebamba

Day 10 – Leymebamba – Experiences within the community

Members of the Leymebamba community invite you today to discover traditional activities such as weaving. The sheep are raised in the region, the wool of which will be used to make beautiful woollen objects.

Small hands are occupied around a traditional hand loom. The operation of this device will remain a mystery for the neophyte and it will only reinforce our admiration for the patience and skill of these women.

Fresh cheese in Leymebamba

Another traditional activity of the Leymebamba region is the “Ganaderia” or cattle, mainly cows. The region enjoys a pleasant climate, beautiful green pastures. The milk is harvested and a very good fresh cheese is made. Tested with natural honey, it is a delight.

You can visit the farm of a Leymebamba family that will explain you the breeder’s life in the high valley of Utcubamba in the 21st century.

Artist Miguel Huaman

The story of the sculptor Miguel Huaman is very unique. He participated in the rescue operation of the objects discovered in the Laguna de los Cóndores in 1997.

Miguel followed his curiosity first and was stunned by the numerous objects carved in wood. He began to reproduce these objects, to sell them. Encouraged, he decided to dedicate himself to this activity as a sculptor.

He supplies the Museum with replicas of wooden objects from the Chachapoya period and sells his sculptures abroad. A beautiful story for this man who would like to open his workshop to the students. You will be able to paint your own sarcophagus.

 Rural activities

Day 11 – Leymebamba – Cajamarca

You leave your family in Leymebamba this morning to take one of the most impressive roads you have ever seen. It is the route Leymebamba – Cajamarca. If in terms of kilometres, it does not seem like the end of the world, it will take you travel all day to reach Cajamarca.

The altitude difference is impressive: from Leymebamba to 2,200 m you will climb up to 3,600 m. From this height, you have an incredible view of the Andes, the Marañón Valley and … the road you must take.

We descend to 800 m of altitude to cross the river. Then we go back up to 3,100 m and arrive to Cajamarca at the end of the afternoon at 2,800 m. Tired but splendid. We changed the ecosystem several times on the same day.

Today you stay at the Hotel Los Jazmines. This hotel participates in a project to integrate single mothers or people with hearing loss employing them in the hotel. Thanks to the hotel revenue, a center for disabled and underprivileged children is financed.

Archéologie

Day 12 – Cajamarca

Cajamarca is known for being the city of the “encounter”. This is the meeting between two worlds, the old and the new, the Spanish and the Incas. Or how 180 soldiers led by Pizarro were able to destroy an all-powerful empire in an incredible coup d’état.

The Incas, convinced to have met the Viracochas gods, allowed themselves to be manipulated until the fatal outcome of the Inca, executed by his jailers.

Here we can visit the last Inca building visible in the city, the “rescue room”. This is the place where the Inca Atahualpa was imprisoned for months and where tons of gold and silver were brought to pay his ransom. Although the subjects of the Inca had made the payment, the Inca was executed in this place in 1453.

You can also visit beautiful colonial churches such as the Church of Belen.

Others will prefer to visit the surroundings of the city with the aqueduct of Cumbemayo or the funeral site of Ventanillas in Otuzco. You can book these tours the night before at one of the agencies in the main square of Cajamarca.

Late in the afternoon, after dinner, you will take the night bus to the coast and Chiclayo.

cumbe mayo dame

Day 13 – Rural stay in Chiclayo

Upon arrival in Chiclayo you will be picked up at the bus station for your transfer to Tucume, 25 kilometers from Chiclayo, where you will join your new host family. You will learn all about the preparation of the famous Pachamanca, a long slow-cooked dish based on meat and vegetables.

Once you have prepared the ingredients and put them in the earth, you have time to visit the pyramids and the Túcume museum.

Rural tourism, responsible tourism, rural stay

This archaeological site was the last capital of the kingdom of Lambayeque and Chimú that flourished before the arrival of the Incas in Northern Peru. This complex is one of the most important pre-Hispanic monuments from the north coast of Peru. Its magnitude was approximately 220 acres and has 20 monumental architectural buildings that have been associated with other buildings: mounds, patios, canals, walls and other structures that are the reflection of one of a very complex social structure.

Here, the lords of Túcume lived with the luxury of demigods in enormous palaces decorated with drawings of mythical and ritual content, furnished and with exquisite jewels, surrounded by priests, administrators, servants and talented artisans. The museum of the place is very interesting, didactic and educational.

Back from your visit you will taste your Pachamanca.

In the afternoon, the community of Túcume will show you the native cotton painting with natural colours.

Traditional fabrics

Day 14 – Chiclayo – El Brujo – Trujillo

We leave our family of Túcume this morning.

First, you will visit one of the most impressive museums in Peru. This is the Museum Tumbas reales or Royal Tombs. It is in Lambayeque, 10 kilometers from Chiclayo. The discovery in 1987 of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan was compared at that time to that of the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. The museum shows the wealth and ostentation in which the Lord of Sipan was buried in his truncated pyramid: gold and silver, incredible delicacy, religious emblems and military power and many ceremonial utensils.

From Chiclayo we continue further south towards Trujillo. About 60 kilometers north of the latter, we stop to visit the archaeological site El Brujo. It is one of the most important archaeological sites on the north coast of Peru.

It has a long occupation sequence that began in the pre-ceramic period (3000 BC). On the contrary, it is the Moche culture (0-700 AD), which left the greatest evidence in the region. Two important discoveries have made this complex even more important. On one side is the large adobe pyramid 30 m high where you can still see the drawings in high relief of the Mochica culture of the god “Decapitor”.

Lady of Cao

It is also here where in 2006 the tomb of another dignitary of this Moche culture was discovered, the Lady of Cao, who is also known under the name of the Lady of Tattoos.  In its tomb they have discovered ceramics and ornaments of gold, silver and copper. Never had we found the mummy of a Peruvian woman in her own attire of the aristocracy of the warriors.

It seems that this sovereign was a key figure in the court of the Lord of Sipán that has already been mentioned previously. Fascinating!

In the Cao Museum we learn everything about the daily and symbolic universe of the inhabitants of this part of Peru. We will compare the customs and beliefs of the past with those of today and end with the most enigmatic discovery of recent times: The Lady Cao. In 2017, the lady of Cao made news with the realization in 3D of his portrait.

We continue our trip to Trujillo, the city of eternal spring”.

site El Brujo

Day 15 – Trujillo

Trujillo is a beautiful colonial style city.

But the region is also known for being the center of the main cultures of pre-Inca Peru, known as Moche and Chimú. First you will visit the archaeological complex of Chan Chan and the Nik-An Palace. This biggest adobe city of the world has been registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Chan Chan

Chan Chan was capital of the Chimú Empire, which flourished in this region after the fall of the Moche Empire and covers an area of approximately 20 km2.   The central part is formed by a set of ten walled enclosures (called ciudadelas) and pyramids. The Nik-An citadel is the best illustration of the importance of water, especially the sea, that the Chimu culture adored.

Sun and Moon Temples

You will continue to discover the civilizations of these regions of the northern coast of Peru with a visit to the Temples of the Sun and the Moon and its museum.  The Temple of the Moon is made up of several temples built on each other for hundreds of years. In addition, there are 12,000 m2 of polychrome murals. Its iconography and aesthetics have a universal value that reflects the designs that have been used for 700 years.

At the top of the adobe brick walls you can see the ruins of these walls, decorated with multicolored religious symbols, the most important being Ai-Apaec or “The God of the Mountains”. This temple represents an exceptional testimony of the traditional Moche culture and how it materializes political power through religious ideas.

Living culture

But the Mochica culture is not dead, it is a culture that is still alive. After the visit, we will pass at the pottery and crafts workshop “The inconceivable face”. The Mochica culture has created its own image, in realistic and expressive ceramics. The Moches gave an aesthetic and thematic quality to their pottery and it became the best testimony of the life of every day and the spiritual life of its inhabitants.

In the workshop you can see the production, the techniques and the materials that have been saved by the inhabitants of the Mochica field.

Ceramic and music

Day 16 – Trujillo – Lima

Transfer to the airport of Trujillo for the flight Trujillo – Lima. End of your rural stay.

Voyage nord du Pérou


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

Rural trip to Northern Peru

16 Days / 15 Nights

 

A solidary trip to discover the more secret north of Peru, and at the same time get to live within communities that are eager to share their daily life with you. The local tourism associations will be your guide to discover a little-known country and will make this stay a unique moment.

This trip includes 10% for our solidarity development fund that goes to the communities of Cuispes and Leymebamba for the sustainable development and improvement in their villages.

  • Minimum 2 people travelling
  • Rate subject to change according to availability
  • Rate not valid for Christmas, New Year, Raymi Llaqta and other public holidyas

 


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

  • Assistance at Airports
  • English-speaking guide
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Tickets to different places of visit mentioned in the program
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • All transfers as mentioned in the program
    •  privat (in Hyundai Tucson for 2 people, in Mini Van H1 for 3 and more people)
    • in night bus
    • in taxi / combi

 

Not included in the program

  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Telephone calls or messages

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