Archaeology - the Chimu and Moche civilizations pre-date the Inca. From around Trujillo and Chiclayo you can visit sites less crowded than the popular sites further south: Kuelap, Tucume, Huaca Rajada and Chan Chan.
The epic overland circuit from Chiclayo to Cajamarca travels from the coastal desert, across the Maranon River, into the jungles of the Amazonas Department.
Along the journey you will stay in the remote town of Chachapoyas, hike to the towering Gocta Waterfall, explore the Chachapoyan fortress of Kuelap, the tombs at Revash and the Sarcophagi of Karajia.
The fantastic and spectacular route circles back to the west, down and across the Maranon, up to Calendin and on to Cajamarca.
Some of Peru's best beaches are in the north - festive Mancora and romantic Punta Sal are two of our favorites - an ideal finish to a tour of northern Peru.