Northern Peru Archaeological Tour

The Northern Kingdoms of Peru

Discover the ancient Moche Civilization on this tour of northern Peru for
4D/3N Starting at $795 per person

Our 3-day tour of the northern coastal desert of Peru explores the lands of the Moche Civilization and Chimu Culture, pre-Inca contemporaries of the Nazca Civilization.  This short trip makes an excellent post-trip extension to any Peru itinerary. 

Chan Chan Peru

  • Sites you will visit on this tour include:
  • Chan Chan, capital of the Chimu Culture
  • Huaca del Sol
  • Huaca de la Luna
  • El Dragon Ruins
  • El Brujo Archaeological Complex
  • Huaca Rajada or Sipan
  • Tucume

For travelers interested in delving deeper into the northern civilizations of Peru, continue from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas. Our Chachapoyas Discovery trip visits sites such as Kuelap, Karajia and Revash.  


Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1: Trujillo

You will be met at the Trujillo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Libertador Trujillo, daily breakfast included - 2 nights. 

The Libertador Trujillo Hotel is located on the main square of the city’s historic center. The hotel has 79 rooms, a large dining area and business center. Facilities and amenities include restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, wireless Internet access.

Lima - Trujillo airfare not included. 

Day 2: Huacas del Sol & de la Luna - Chan Chan - Huanchaco Bay

Full-day tour includes a visit to the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna, the Huaca Moche Museum; and Chan Chan, the pre-Columbian adobe citadel of the Chimu Empire, considered the largest of its kind, and the museum 'in situ'.

Then, a stop at Huanchaco Bay where local fishermen continue going out to sea in fragile straw skiffs or "Caballitos de Totora". You will also visit the El Dragon ruins. Afterward, return to your hotel.

Lunch is included.

Day 3: Trujillo - Chiclayo with El Brujo Archaeological Complex

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Chiclayo. On the way, visit to El Brujo archaeological complex, which includes richly-colored murals on a Moche pyramid or Pacatnamú, an ancient fortified ceremonial and pilgrimage center, situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacatnamú excursion will include a visit to the San Jose de Moro Museum.

In Chiclayo you will be taken to the Casa Andina Select Chiclayo for an overnight stay. 

The Casa Andina Select Chiclayo (formerly the Gran Hotel Chiclayo) is an iconic modern structure in Chiclayo, the capital of the Lambayeque department, famous for its cuisine and highly developed ancient cultures.

Located in the heart of Chiclayo, Peru’s fourth-largest city and one of significant commercial importance, the hotel is just 5 minutes from the main square park and only 10 minutes from the airport.

Also within easy reach are the region’s superb museums, such as Tumbas Reales de Sipán, and spectacular archaeological sites including Túcume, the “valley of pyramids” — making it a great base for exploring the northern coastal desert, one of the most historic regions in Peru.

Day 4: Sipan & Tucume with Tumbas Reales Museum

At Huaca Rajada, tour the lavish 1,700-year-old tomb of the Lord of Sipan, acknowledged as the "discovery of the century" because of the vast quantity and high value of the gold and silver treasures uncovered there.

Excursion to Tucume, a vast Lambayeque-period archeological complex, known as the "Valley of the Pyramids" (1000-1500 A.D.). Tour of Tucume and in-situ museum.

Visit the Tumbas Reales Museum of Sipan (museum closed on Mondays).

This important museum is located in Lambayeque 7 miles north of Chiclayo. The tomb, found in 1987, was the richest ever found in the western hemisphere and by 1990 was the richest series of tombs found anywhere in the world for a century.

The 3-story pyramid tomb, like the museum, is an attraction in its own right.  This museum conserves all the archaeological material found in Sipan. The exhibition also shows a reconstruction of the Lord of Sipan tomb with his values jewels of gold, silver, copper and some additional tombs of warriors. This museum is the result of years of effort of an archaeology team led by Walter Alva.

Afterward, transfer to the Chiclayo Airport for your flight to Lima. Or, continue to Chachapoyas.


Price from $795.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 4
Nights 3

Price based on small-group departures. Private trips available at additional cost. 

  • 2 nights Trujillo hotel, daily breakfast included
  • 1 night Chiclayo hotel, daily breakfast included
  • Guided excursions per itinerary
  • Transfer Trujillo - Chiclayo
  • Airport transfers


  • International and domestic airfare
  • Meals not on itinerary
  • Tips to guides and drivers

"Thanks for all your help with our trip!"

We had a wonderful time in Peru! All the guides that you set up were very helpful, on time and took good care of us.

- Julia S, July 2016

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