Northern Peru’s wealth in Culture and history its so impressive, with Pre-Incas cultures along Peruvian coast, we will find the largest mud town in the world, as well as the tomb of the only women chieftains or “cacicas”, as well as the biggest pre-colombian Royal tomb “Lord of Sipan Tomb”, one of most important Pre-Incas Culture “Los Chachapoyas”, all of them are just a sample of what will be seen in this tour, besides of course lots of wonderful landscapes next to Peruvian cuisine.
Day 1: Trujillo.
We’ll be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel, Trujillo has lot to show us, city tour including a panoramic visit of the downtown, surrounded by colonial mansions now recovered to their full magnificence by local institutions: La Casa Urquiaga nowadays Banco de Reserva, La Casa Risco – Museum of Archaeology, are very good samples of XVII century mansions with iron balconies. City tour include Visiting The Cathedral, Monastery of El Carmen and Art Museum, we’ll have a very busy day.
Night: Trujillo. L:D.
Day 2: Sincicap – Chan Chan.
Early in the morning we’ll go to Sincicap to look for some endangered local Peruvian endemic species Russet-bellied Spinetail, Piura Chat-tyrant, Black-necked Woodpecker, Unicolor Tapaculo and other species after a morning birding we drive back to Trujillo after lunch we visit Chan Chan, the ancient Capital of the Chimu Kingdom, its considered the largest mud-brick city in the pre-Hispanic Latin America, Chimu Culture were excellent engineers and architects they designed this magnificent town.
Night: Trujillo. B:L:D.
Day 3: El Brujo – Magdalena de Cao Museum to Chiclayo.
After breakfast, departure to northern Trujillo, were its located the archaeological site “El Brujo complex” which belongs to the Mochica civilization. this Peruvian word means “The Sorcerer”. This current name is due to the common practice of shamans, to hold some of their healing ceremonies at prominent hills or prehispanic ruins, which they consider to be places of power.
we visit Magdalena de Cao Museum, then we keep driving to Chiclayo were we spend a night. late in the day we do some birding in looking for Peruvian Plancutter, Cinereous finch, Rufous Flycatcher all to them Peruvian endemic species.
Night: Chiclayo. B:L:D.
Day 4: Lord of Sipan – Bosque Pomac.
Lord of Sipan located 33 Km southeast of the city on the middle sugar-cane plantation. its only tomb that was found intact with all his treasures: over 200 pieces of pottery and more than 100 pieces of gold, silver and copper jewelry. after in-situ visit we will continue our tour visiting “Tumbas Reales de Sipan” Museum build specially to host the marvelous founded at the Sipan’s site, with most complete collection of archaeological treasures from the northern coast, including samples from the Vicus civilization; then we will visit Tucume, a complex of pyramids surrounding by an imposing site and is considered as an important political and religious center, next to its Bosque Pomac, where we have a variety of tumbesian species like Tumbes tyrant, Tumbes Swallow and lots of birds restricted to Tumbesian area.
Night: Olmos. B:L:D.
Day 5: Abra Porculla – Dry forest around Jaen.
Almost a full day birding we have during this day, after breakfast we leave the hotel, to start driving toward the Andes just before to pass the highest point we’ll be birding looking for localized species like Henna-hooded and Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaners, Black‐cowled Saltator, Chapman’s Antshrike, Elegant Crescentchest, and Bay‐crowned Brush‐Finch, Gray-and-gold Warbler, Ecuadorian Piculet and many more birds, then we drive to Jaen arriving for lunch, late in the day we visit the middle Marañon valley looking for many specialties, located just around this valley: Marañon Spinetail, Chinchipe Spinetail, Little Inca-finch, Red-crested Finch, Collared Antshrike “Shumbae race”, Northern-slaty Antshrike (Marañon Race) Marañon Crescentchest, and many more find around in this valley.
Night: Jaen. B:L:D.
Day 6: To Huembo Ecolodge – Marvelous Spatuletail.
Immediately after breakfast we start birding looking for some missing species of day before, leaving this valley just before to get so hot weather, we drive toward east along Marañon Valley, we’ll visit Huembo Ecolodge center our main target its to see the unique and extraordinary “Marvelous Spatuletail”, like his name mention its an incomparable hummingbird, here fortunately there are hummingbird feeders, so chance to see the fabulous creature its very high, we have the full afternoon to visit and enjoy this area with many other species.
Night: Huembo. B:L:D.
Day 7: Utcubamba Valley – Kuelap.
We leave Huembo after breakfast, we drive along the Utcubamba Valley, on the way to Kuelap, we’ll enjoy wonderderful landscapes, Torrent duck are possible to see from the vehicle.
Kuelap – Preincas archaeological site, part of Chachapoyas culture is compare with Machupicchu, this Pre incas site is impressive, his location in top of the mountains in Utcubamba Valley, makes more amazing, actually there is Cable-way, this give us another perspective to enjoy nice scenery, our day we’ll be with lots of emotions combining nature,culture and History.
Birding of course Present, there are many birds to find on the way, some of them are Peruvian Pigeon, Specke-chested Piculet and Black-necked Woodpecker, those Peruvian Endemic Species.
Night: Chachapoyas. B:L:D.
Day 8: Karajia and Revash.
Northern Peru has enigmatic Cultural places to Visit many of them are not popular but they have lot to show us, in this cultural tour we include this fascinating areas: The Revash funerary complex and Karajia an archaeological site in Utcubamba Valley, where eight Chachapoyan mummies were discovered on the cliff side, referred to by local residents as the “ancient wise men”. Birding always present, because these place are surrounded by natural habitat.
Night: Leymebamba. B:L:D.
Day 9: Laguna de los Condores – Leymebamba Museum.
After an early breakfast we drive to “Laguna de los Condores”canyon,where if we are lucky we’ll see these amazing huge birds flying close by, the zone its perfect for many birds like Quetzals and Andean toucan and rare Red-hooded Tanager, mix flock its present in this kind of habitat, with couple hours birding, we visit Leymebamba museum or well know Casa Mallki, this museum was built to provide a place for the preservation of the mummies and archaeological materials recovered from Laguna de los Cóndores in 1997.
we leave Leymebamba to cross Marañon Valley, driest valley in Peru, in this area there are several endemic species restricted to this habitat, Buff-bridled and Gray-winged Inca-finches, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Marañon Thrush….. etc.
Night: Celendin. B:L:D.
Day 10: Marañon Valley – Cajamarca.
On the day before probably we didn’t have enough time to find all our targets that why this day we have a second chance, mid morning birding would be OK, them we drive to Cajamarca on the way some other species are waiting for us like Rufous Antpitta (Cajamarcae), Rare and local Rufous‐eared Brush‐Finch, Black‐crested Tit‐Tyrant, Jelski’s Chat‐Tyrant, Baron’s Spinetail, Shining sunbeam, Yellow-breasted Brush-finch, we keep driving to Cruz Conga looking for rare White‐tailed Shrike‐Tyrant, which is very similar to Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant (they overlap), andean Hillstar, and many others.
Night: Cajamarca. B:L:D.
Day 11: Gray-bellied comet – Ventanillas de Otuzco.
Cajamarca its a similar town in appearance to Cusco, we look for the rare, local and Critically endangered Peruvian endemic species Gray-bellied Comet, them we visit to Ventanillas de Otuzco, then we will continue to Tres Molinos Ranch, well known due to its milk cattle, and Horse of passage; Llacanora village, its Colonial Church, the Caves of Callacpuma, and finally the Inca baths.
Night: Cajamarca. B:L:D.
Day 12: Great Spinetail – City Tour Cajamarca.
We have to visit San Marcos area where Great Spinetail is located and more birds, on the way Rufous-backed Inca-finch its possible, with more Peruvian endemic species, we drive back to Cajamarca for a typical lunch and after midday we have a city tour visiting The Cathedral, Main square, San Francisco church, Religious Art Museum, the Monumental Complex Bethlehem, Colonial Hospitals, and the Rescue Room, where Atahualpa the last Inca offered to filled with pieces of gold and silver to obtain his freedom form the Spanish conquerors.
Day 13: Final Morning.
Transfer service we’ll be ready for you according your flight schedule, where we finish our tour.
Night: Lima/ or maybe you have a connection flight to go back home. B.