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North Peru: Lost Treasures of the Americas

Mar 23 - Apr 05, 2022

14 days | Peru | alumni UBC Travel Club

Inspired by Peru, but not necessarily to see that one over-visited site? Interested in fascinating archaeology and an abundance of natural wonders? Join us in Northern Peru to explore Peru’s hidden gems.

Few travellers make it to this pristine part of Peru; when you do, you will be rewarded by an archaeological bounty of pre-Inca sites from Moche, Chimú, Lambayeque, and Chachapoyas cultures. Off the beaten track are fortresses rivalling Egypt’s pyramids, treasures from undisturbed pre-Inca royal tombs, and vast adobe cities dating from the 13thC. Ancient aqueducts among the oldest man-made structures in the Americas and colourful cave paintings speak to the remarkable engineering and artistic accomplishments of these cultures. Isolated sites like Kuelap, the fortress of the legendary ‘cloud people’ of Chachapoyas, and the recently ‘discovered’ Gocta Falls will amaze you. You will drive along one of the world’s most spectacular roads through Cañon del Pato and travel deep into the cloud forest to mausoleums built high into limestone cliffs.

On this tour we are staying in particularly attractive small hotels and lodges. Careful attention is paid to the excellent Peruvian cuisine.

Join us as we travel from the coastal desert to cloud forests and the Andean highlands, to discover a rich archaeological heritage and inspiring scenery from the crowds.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$5575
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; airport transfers; all ground transportation by private vehicle; domestic flight Lima/Trujillo; excursions with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; all taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by study leader Paula Swart

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Lima
2Delve into the pre-Columbian world at the Larco Herrera Musuem
3Fly to Trujillo, Huaca de la Luna, Chan Chan, America's largest adobe complex
4The archaeological complex of El Brujo
5Chiclayo's pre-Inca archaeological sites, see the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán
6Twenty six pyramids at Túcume, visit the Royal Tombs Museum
7Drive to the Andean highlands to Cajamarca
8Cumbermayo, Cajamarca
9Scenic drive to Leymebamba
10Museum exhibits with over 200 mummies
11Visit Revash, a late Chachapoya funerary complex
12Kuélap, Cocachimba
13See the majestic 771 metre tiered Gocta Falls
14Depart Chachapoyas
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5575
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; airport transfers; all ground transportation by private vehicle; domestic flight Lima/Trujillo; excursions with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; all taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by study leader Paula Swart

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