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PERU - NORTH AMAZON REGION

Tumbes:

Its closeness to the Equator makes the beaches of Tumbes ideal places for surfing, diving, fishing, or simply for the people searching for fun and sun in summer. Punta Sal is thought to be one of the best beaches in Peru because of its white sand and rich marine life. The Zorritos cove is famous for its tranquil water and wide variety of fish.

Piura:

Piura, full of joy and song, was in 1532 the first city founded in Peru by Francisco Pizarro. At present, it is an important center of economic development in northern Peru.  The coast of Piura offers many diverse attractions. Máncora, located close to the Piura-Tumbes border, is a small cove with beautiful beaches much prized by surfers, fun loving youths, and entire families. Toward the south lies Cabo Blanco, famous for the people cut from the same cloth as Ernest Hemmingway, attracted by ocean fishing for marlin, swordfish, and grouper. Today, it is the perfect place to surf since some of the best waves in Peru are found there.

Lambayeque:

The department of Lambayeque is located on the coastal plain and combines arid zones, rich valleys, and dry forests. Chiclayo, bordered by fertile valleys and very close to the ocean, is the capital of the department and the commercial nexus among the three Peruvian regions: coast, highland, and jungle. This territory was the cradle of the Mochicas, which makes Lambayeque one of the most interesting archeological destinations in the country. It was in 1987 that the famous royal tombs of Sipán were discovered, the burial remains of an important Mochican ruler. Besides the Sipán archeological site, you can visit the modern Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum that contains the most extraordinary gold pieces found in the excavations. Likewise, it is worth a visit to the Brunning Museum, located in the province of Lambayeque, and to the Sicán Museum, located in the province of Ferreñafe. Túcume is another archeological site of unique beauty. There, you will see more than twenty adobe pyramids, all approximately forty meters high, that belong to the Lambayeque culture and which are nestled in an area full of wildlife and abundant vegetation

La Libertad:

The department of La Libertad features a varied relief, starting from the coast line, passing though the highlands (Andes) of Otuzco, Julcan, and Santiago de Chuco, and ending in the upper jungle (The Amazon Rain Forest) at the border of the Department of San Martin. The coast enjoys beaches and fertile valleys that are very important to the national agricultural production.

Trujillo, the capital of the department, is known as the city of eternal spring because of its blessed climate and festive atmosphere. The area was inhabited by two important, ancient Peruvian civilizations, the Mochica and the Chimú, and later, it became an important vice royal city. Among its uncountable archeological attractions, there is Chan Chan, the largest mud city in the Americas and ancient capital for the Chimú. UNESCO placed it on the World Cultural Heritage List in 1986. There, you can see the remarkable huacas (pre-Incan sacred places) built by the Mochicas like the Huaca of the Sun and of the Moon, which measure more than twenty meters. Also, the El Brujo complex, decorated with inspiring figures of dancers and warriors. The city also has a splendid Colonial architecture where you will want to see the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Church of the Company of Jesus Christ, the monastery of El Carmen, and the many Colonial houses.

Cajamarca:

The city of Cajamarca brings together three ingredients that make it an unforgettable destination: a magnificent Colonial architecture, beautiful countryside, and a rich history since it was the scene of an important episode of South American history. Here, the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured the Inca Atahualpa who, in spite of fulfilling his part of the ransom, was killed. From that point onward, the conquistadors drafted the city in the traditional Spanish way, and today the Colonial constructions of the Cathedral, the churches of San Francisco, Belen, and la Recoleta, mansions, and monuments are preserved.

Amazonas:

The capital, Chachapoyas, full of narrow streets and containing a large Main Square, maintains beautiful mansions and lovely balconies as evidence of its Colonial past. This is the launching site for excursions to the fabulous citadel of Kuélap, built by the Chachapoyas, a fierce people that for years resisted the expansion of the Incas.

San Martin:

San Martín is a zone full of fertile valleys and rough terrain that is spread out between the Andean mesa and a small area of lower jungle. The first Spanish city in the jungle, named Santiago de los Ocho Valles de Moyobamba, was founded there in 1549. It served as a base for later colonization and departmental growth as well as the site where the first religious orders established themselves.  Small lakes, hot springs with restorative properties, and lovely waterfalls dot the entire department.

Loreto:

Loreto is the largest yet least populated department in Peru. It is covered by dense vegetation and by primary and secondary jungle with low hills and slightly rolling landscape, crisscrossed by the many rivers of the Amazon River basin, which is born at the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers.

Iquitos, the capital of Loreto, is the main port city on the Amazon River and the largest city in the Peruvian jungle. Different indigenous people groups like the Cocama, Huitoto, and Bora first inhabited the area. Then came the Jesuit missionaries who founded the city.  One of the best attractions in Loreto is navigating on the rivers and lakes and enjoying the beautiful beaches.  The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (2,080,000 hectares), the largest reserve in Peru, is located 183 kilometers from the city and is home to numerous plant and animal species, many of them in danger of extinction like the charapa river turtle, the giant river otter, the black caiman, and the river dolphin.

 

Suggested tours

Tomb of the Lord of Sipán at Huaca Rajada  |  National Museum of Sicán  |  Túcume  |  Chan-Chan and Huaca Dragón

Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon  |  Huanchaco  |  El Brujo  |  Cajamarca City Tour

Necropolis of Otuzco and Thermal Springs  |  Loreto-Iquitos

Hotels in the Area

Costa del Sol  |  Gran Hotel Chiclayo  |  Inca Hotel  |  Hotel Libertador Trujillo  |  Hotel Laguna Seca

El Dorado Plaza Hotel  |  Victoria Regia Hotel  |  Ceiba Tops  |  Explorama Lodge  |  Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge

 

Tomb of the Lord of Sipán at Huaca Rajada (3 Hours, Private Services Only)

Visit to the tomb of the Lord of Sipán and the countryside with its sugar, rice and cotton fields. The first of the tombs belonging to the Lords of Sipán was found in 1987 and it was immediately ranked as the world’s most important archaeological discovery in the last quarter century and compared to the finding of King Toutankamon’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt

National Museum of Sicán (4 Hours, Private Services Only)

Guided visit to the National Museum of Sicán, opened last year, where you will find around 200 pieces of gold and one hundred ceramics belonging to the Lambayeque Culture. Sicán was the most important religious centre of the north of Peru. Here you can appreciate the development of history of this culture between 700 and 1375 years A.D.

Túcume (4 Hours, Private Services Only)

Visit to the adobe pyramid temples of Túcume, 40 kms/25 miles north of Chiclayo. From one of the scenic points you can identify the remains of at least five temples. Some served residential and administrative functions while others were clearly dedicated to religious ceremonies. The beauty and monumental aspect of Tucume make it resemble the grandiose capitals of Mesopotamia.

Chan-Chan and Huaca Dragón (3 Hours,Private Services Only )

A "must" for all visitors, the well planned metropolis of Chan-Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimu Empire. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America, built entirely of mud and adobe bricks. A stop is made at Huaca Dragon to visit this restored, pyramidal, adobe temple consecrated to the rainbow, with beautiful bas-reliefs and a small archaeological museum..

Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon (3 hours, Private Services Only)

A few kilometers south east of Trujillo, stand the large pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Built of millions of adobe bricks, they are the largest pre-Columbian structures in South America. Interesting colored friezes are being discovered and can be seen during the visit to the Moon pyramid.

Huanchaco (3 Hours, Private Services Only)

Next to Chan-Chan, this fishing-village is well known for the "Caballitos de Totora", boats made of bundles of "totoras" (reed) used since the times of the Mochicas and Chimu for fishing. Very nice beaches and good fish restaurants. Upon request lunch can be included.

El Brujo – The Witch (4 Hours, Private Service Only)

An archaeological complex to the north of Trujillo, beside the sea, covering 6 h. and dating back to 3000 BC. Only part of it can be visited. The Cao Viejo Pyramid shows colored bas-reliefs with human figures such as dancers and prisoners.

Cajamarca City Tour (3 Hours)

Visit to the Main Square, the Cathedral with its splendid 17th century facade of sculptured volcanic rock, the Church of San Francisco, with its Chapel consecrated to the "Virgen de los Dolores", the Church of Belen, an architectural baroque complex dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Then continue to "Cerro Santa Apolonia", where you will have a magnificent panoramic view of the city and its surroundings and finally the Ransom Room where the last Inca was held prisoner.

Necropolis of Otuzco and Thermal Springs (4 Hours)

The Necropolis of Otuzco consists of a series of crypts or niches cut at several levels into the side of a cliff by the valley's pre-Inca inhabitants. The tour also includes a visit to the lush surroundings of Cajamarca and a stop at a dairy farm. The tour finishes with a visit to the Thermal Springs or "Baños del Inca" where Atahualpa was camping when Pizarro arrived in 1532.

Loreto-Iquitos (Amazon River)

The Amazon River begins as hundreds of tiny streams high in the Peruvian Andes, some of them within 100 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Rushing down the slopes, stream after stream continues to merge to form larger and larger rivers. Near Iquitos in eastern Peru, the northeastward flowing Ucayali and the Rio Marañón, the two main headwaters of the Amazon, unite to form a truly major river. One result of so much rain is that Amazonia is covered by the largest tropical rain forest in the world. Another result is that the river carries by far the largest volume of water of any river in the world.

There are several hotels but most visitors prefer to continue on to the many jungle lodges along the different branches of the Amazon River which allow closer contact with the rain forest.

 

Hotels in the Area:

Costa del Sol (Tumbes)

The Costa del Sol Hotel is located close to the Tumbes main square. Our 40 Bedrooms are equipped with: A/C, TV. Cable, Direct connection to Internet, Safe-deposit box, Telephone with dialed direct, Connection to 110 and 220 Volts, Minibar, Hair Drying, and all the comforts. We also have wide and comfortable Suites with Jacuzzi.

Gran Hotel Chiclayo.  Moderate-Deluxe

129 rooms.
Comfortable hotel located six blocks from the Main Square, overlooking a park. Large rooms with bath and air-conditioning. Restaurant, coffee shop, discotheque, and casino. Swimming pool.

Inca Hotel (Chiclayo) Moderate

The Inca hotel is centrally located, 3 blocks away from the main park of Chiclayo. It offers comfortable accommodation and warm hospitality. The 65 hotel’s rooms are equipped with amenities and provide all the comforts to its guests.

Hotel Libertador Trujillo. Moderate-Deluxe

78 rooms .
Located in the centre of town, on the main plaza (Plaza de Armas). Totally renovated in l994 with the latest modern equipment. Rooms with bath, air-conditioning, cable TV, minibar, safety deposit box. Restaurant, coffee shop and bar, Conference rooms, Swimming pool.

Hotel Laguna Seca (Cajamarca) Moderate-Deluxe

Laguna Seca is found in the most beautiful and peaceful location in the green and quiet valley of Cajamarca.  The facilities include outdoor swimming pools, thermal basins in each room, turkish baths with natural steam that comes from the springs, scented with the wonderful aroma of eucalyptus leaves.  Laguna Seca Hotel is a wonderful refuge, with large green areas and peaceful surroundings. It has 85 beds in Suites, Junior Suites, Single, Double and Honeymoon rooms.

El Dorado Plaza Hotel (Iquitos) Deluxe:

65 rooms
Located in the Main Square, this fully air conditioned hotel is equipped with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, bar and restaurant. It is the only five stars hotel in Iquitos.

Victoria Regia Hotel (Iquitos) Moderate

42 rooms
Located four blocks from the main square. Modern decoration and rooms with bath, telephone, TV and air-condition. Coffee shop. Small  swimming pool in the patio.

 

Ceiba Tops (Amazon Lodge)

CEIBA TOPS, the newest of Explorama’s lodges, opened in 2000, is located on the banks of the Amazon River just 40 km (25 mi) from Iquitos. Ceiba Tops offers the comforts of home, air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, in the most luxurious of Amazonian Rainforest settings. At Ceiba Tops, elaborate gardens, a swimming pool, water slide, hammock house and the Esmeralda lounge all complement the surrounding exotic environment and you can even stay in touch with your home via free WiFi Internet.  A special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway is available for Ceiba Tops guests staying 2 or more nights.

Explorama Lodge (Amazon Lodge)

Established in 1964, 80 km (50 mi) down the Amazon River, EXPLORAMA LODGE is deep in primary rainforest and offers two-day or longer excursions. Romantic kerosene torches and lamps illuminate palm-thatched houses with 10-17 private sleeping rooms. Covered connecting walkways lead to the Tahuampa Bar, the Dining Room, the Sun Porch and two Hammock Houses. Showers & toilet facilities adjoin each house. A variety of treks are offered, including the Seven Bridges Trail walk. A special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway is available for Explorama Lodge guests staying 2 or more nights.

Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge

Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge is one of the most exclusive lodges in the Peruvian Amazon and a heaven for visitors in search of a quiet retreat. From this unique place, our guests can visit the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, which is the largest protected natural area in Peru.

Surrounded by abundant rainforest, Pacaya-Samiria Amazon Lodge has been built in accordance with the architecture of the zone and offers comfortable bungalows with private bathroom and terrace with view to the river. Connecting elevated walkways lead to our club-house, dining room, hammock room, watch-towers and hiking paths.

 

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