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Cultural North: Huaraz - Trujillo 6 days 5 nights

Day 01: Huaraz

Huaraz

City Tour

06:00 Arrival in Huaraz and transfer to the hotel
08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 City Tour, visiting Plaza de Armas (Main Square), Templo del Señor de la Soledad, Regional Museum, José Olaya Street, old Huaraz street, Trout Fish Farm, and finally we will visit the Baños Termo medicinales de Monterrey (Monterrey Hot Springs).
Lunch (Optional).
Afternoon: free
Overnight in Huaraz

 

Day 02: Huaraz

Llanganuco lake

Callejón de Huaylas (Huaylas Alley) - Llanganuco Lakes

07:00 Breakfast
08:00 We will go trough the Santa River Valley, which is between the white and black Andes, and where we can see picturesque towns and beautiful cities like Carhuaz; which because of its height, winds and temperature, is considerated one of the best weather in Peru. We also see Yungay; which is located 22 kilometers from Carhuaz. We will see too Mancos and Caraz town and the most important mountains of the White Andes. We will go up to the Llanganuco Lakes: Chinacocha Lake (female lake), which has a very intense turquoise color and then the Orkoncocha Lake (male lake). The lakes are located between a narrow galciar, and are flanked by the Huascaran y Huandoy. This lake has an great panorama of blue turquoise waters, varied fauna and flora.

Lunch in Caraz.
Return to Huaraz.

Day 03: Huaraz

Tenon Head - "Chavin de Huantar" Temple

Chavín de Huantar

07:00 Breakfast
08:00 We will visit the most representative ceremonial center of the High Peruvian Culture, which has more than 3,000 years old,  considerated the first high level peruvian culture. Here we will see its monumental architecture, with hidden squares and subterranean galleries. Also we will see the finest lithic work like the Lanzon Monolithic. Also this temple is the place where the  Tello Obelisk and Stela Raimondi (which have anthropozooform representations) were found. Also you can see the Portada de las Falcónidas, which has columns and the famous tenon Heads, which are surrounding the Main Temple.
21:30 Bus to Trujillo

 

Día 04: Trujillo

City TourTrujillo

06:30 Arrival in Trujillo and transfer to the hotel.
10:00 We start the City Tour, visiting the Main Square (Plaza Mayor) where we can see the Liberty Statue, which is a marble baroque sculpture. We will visit also the Cathedral of Trujillo, which was built in 1666, and keeps valuable art works, painting of the cuzqueña school and sculptures. We will also visit the Calonge House, Orbegoso House, which have the virreynal touch, because of their paving stone floors, and art work in their doors, Emancipación House, Iturregui Palace, built in the XIX century, and neoclassic architecture. We can also visit the "Museo de Juguete" (Toy Museum) and/or The Archaeology Museum.

Overnight in Trujillo

 

Day 05: Trujillo

Tour Huacas del "Sol y la Luna" (Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon) - Tour Chan Chan

Transfer to the hotel.Huaca de la Luna

10:30 We will head to Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon also called Moon Pyramid), enjoying the landscape of the Moche countryside, then we will visit the most important part of our journey, the ceremonial and religious center of the Moche people, where we can see polychrome walls, and also the representation of their Moche God: AIA-PAEC. The walls and friezes show characters, like animals and anthropomorphic shapes, and also like the sun, the stars and abstract figures. The purpose of this temple is still not clear, but so far we know, Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) was the politic center of the Moche Kingdom, while Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) was their religious center. Huaca de la Luna is smaller than Huaca del Sol. From the top of Huaca de la Luna, we can see Huaca del Sol. Huaca del Sol is the biggest massive built construction of the american continent. To build Huaca del Sol, 140 millions mud bricks were needed.Chan Chan


14:00 Lunch (Optional)

14:30 We will head to the territories of Chan Chan, capital of the Chimu Kingdom, and where we will visit Huaca Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple) (also called Huaca Dragón (Dragon Temple)). Then we will visit the Chan Chan Museum, in which a huge computarized Chan Chan archaeological complex scale model is exhibited. We continue our visit through Tshudi Palace, which is one of the 9 palaces of Chan Chan Citadel. Chan Chan was added as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1986. Finally we will go to Huanchaco Beach, where you can enjoy watching or riding the famous "Caballitos de totora" (totora reed boats).

18:30 Transfer to the hotel.