|Peru - Chan
Chan and the Lord of Sipan
Air not included
3 day / 2
night - Private Tour
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to
change at any time
Itineraries are subject to change at any time for any reason.
Chan was the cultural centre and capital of the ancient and
amazing Chimu civilization of northern Peru. When it
reached it's peak in the 15th Century, it was the largest city in
pre-Colombian America and throughout the world. Soon after, it was
conquered by the Incas and then by the Spanish
Sipan Mask courtesy
Red Cientifica Peruana
is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
The Lord of Sipan is considered to be
one of the richest archaeological discoveries in the Americas!
Day 1 Lima - Chiclayo
Arrival, reception and transfer to selected hotel.
Visit the Tomb of the Lord of Sipan. Between 1987 and 1988 the
tomb was discovered by the Peruvian archaeologist, Dr. Walter
Alva, and he is still in charge of its protection and study.
There he found the intact remains of a dignitary, or Lord, of
the hierarchy belonging to the Moche Culture. Lunch at local
restaurant. Afternoon visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and
the Valley of 26 pyramids of Tucume.
One of Peru's newest museum the
Royal Tombs of Sipan opened in November 2002 to display one of
the world's greatest exhibits of historical treasures. The
ancient Peruvian ruler The Lord of Sipan has been described as
the "Tutankhamen of the Americas" due to the splendor of the
artifacts included in his tomb. Archeologist Walter Alva
discovered the Lord of Sipan in 1987 and until now the remains
of the ruler of the Moche civilization, and ornate pieces
including earrings, headpieces and armor made of gold, silver
copper and clay from his and other tombs, have only been seen in
temporary shows but never in a permanent site. The new Royal
Tombs of Sipan Museum in the northern town of Lambayeque is
shaped like a Moche pyramid with fiberglass bricks resembling
the original site and no windows, to protect its 1,500 precious
pieces from damage.
Day 2 Chiclayo -
Breakfast. Transfer to Trujillo (3.5 hours). On the way you will
visit the archaeological site El Brujo. This important Mochica
Complex has an area of 2 square kilometers. The discoveries include
reliefs that represent scenes of the magical and religious world of
Pm. Visit Chan Chan. The
well planned metropolis of Chan Chan, the ancient capital of
the Chimu Empire, was built entirely of mud and adobe
bricks. A stop is made at Huaca Dragon (4 kilometers north
of Trujillo) to visit this restored, pyramidal, adobe temple
consecrated to the rainbow, with beautiful base reliefs and
a small archaeological museum.
© Jeff Waugh
The ancient city of Chan Chan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Peruvian national treasure...
Finally visit Huanchaco,
it is a picturesque fishing cove where one can find the ancient
craft that appeared on Mochica pottery and on friezes at Chan Chan:
the caballitos de totora, rafts woven from the totora reed in an art
that has been handed down over generations.
Day 3 Trujillo - Chiclayo
Breakfast. Visit the city founded in 1534 where you will see a
Cathedral from 1647 and beautiful colonial houses with their typical
balconies and patios.
After touring the city, we will visit the Casinelli Museum, that
exhibits valuable artifacts (unique of their kind ) of different
northern civilizations such as Recuay, Chavin, Moche, Chimu.
Pm. Transfer to the airport.