• Small, group departures covering many Northern Peru highlights in 6 days. 

  • Private transport & best hotels in the region. 

  • Includes Sipan, Tucume, Gocta Falls, Kuelap & Amazon jungle. 

  • Price: from £786 / $1,099 per person (based on double occupancy). 

Peru is rightly proud of its natural heritage, which encompasses Costa (Pacific Ocean), Sierra (Andes Mountains) and Selva (Amazon Jungle). And this Northern Peru route will enable you to sample all three wildly-different environments in just six days, travelling overland. 

 The mightily-impressive outer wall at Kuelap. 

The mightily-impressive outer wall at Kuelap. 

Beginning in the desert environment of Chiclayo, we have a chance to sample its wealth of pre-Inca archeology and delicious seafood, before heading upwards into the Andes, and the various rainforest systems of Amazonas and San Martin provinces.

In the cloud forest of Chachapoyas can be found both natural wonders, such as Gocta Falls, and man-made, notably Kuelap Fortress

Huallaga River - a tributary of the Amazon. 

As we continue eastwards, deeper into Amazonia, the climate becomes warmer and the jungle becomes denser, replete with flora and fauna, sure to delight the serious birdwatcher and casual naturalist alike. 

This route has long been appreciated by backpackers with time on their hands, and a willingness to rough it on long-distance buses and in basic accommodation, in order to witness the area's fabulous highlights. Now, though, you can enjoy this little-visited area, without sacrificing your comforts or breaking the bank, on our group departures, that still use private transport and the best accommodation available, and are guaranteed to depart with just two people. 

2018 Set Departures: 

  • Thu, 19 - Tue, 24 July
  • Thu, 23 - Tue, 28 August
  • Fri, 14 - Wed, 19 September

2019 Set Departures: 

  • Mon, 17 - Fri, 22 June
  • Tue, 16 - Sun, 21 July
  • Sun, 18 - Fri, 23 August
  • Tue, 1 - Sun, 6 October
  • Thu, 24 - Tue, 29 October

If you prefer to do this in a private service, with dates and itinerary to suit, just ask us how. 

Please note that there are departures that go from Tarapoto to Chiclayo. Click here for more details. 


Day 1: Chiclayo: Arrival & Tumbes Reales

Reconstructed Moche tombs at Huaca Rajada.

On arrival at Chiclayo Airport, we welcome you and then depart to visit Tumbas Reales Museum, in Lambayeque, where the Lord of Sipan is exhibited.

We continue to Tucume, in the afternoon, where our accommodation is located. 

Dinner & Overnight at Los Horcones de Tucume, or similar.

Day 2: Tucume - Gocta: Pacific Desert to Green Northern Andes

Breakfast and visit to Tucume Pyramids (the largest pyramid complex in the Americas) and museum.

Departure towards the Andes of Chachapoyas.

Stop at Abra Porculla, the lowest Andean mountain pass between the Caribbean to Patagonia, for a boxed lunch.

We continue our spectacular drive in the afternoon, hoping to arrive at our lodging in time to see the sunset in front of Gocta Waterfall, one of the highest in the world, in the heart of the Peruvian northern Andes.

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge, or similar.

Day 3: Gocta Falls

The view to Gocta Falls from Gocta Lodge. 


From Gocta Lodge there is an amazing view of the Falls, but the trail leading to them is even more breathtaking. It is a two hour hike (each way), passing through Andean orchards and lush forest full of bromeliads and orchids. NB. There is the option to do this trail on horseback (at a small extra cost).

Lunch at the lodge, followed by a free afternoon to rest or explore the local village of Cocachimba

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge, or similar.

Day 4: Kuelap

After breakfast we start driving along the Utcubamba valley, between bromeliads and cacti, towards Tingo. Here we ascend, by cable car, to Kuelap Fortress, located at an altitude of 3,000 m (9,842 ft).

Guided visit of Kuelap archaeological site, followed by lunch in the village of Maria.

On our way back to Cocachimba, we make a detour to visit the departmental capital of Chachapoyas, with a Colonial centre. 

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge, or similar.

Day 5: Gocta - Tarapoto: From Andes to Amazon

Breakfast and early departure towards the lowlands.

First stop at the Marvelous Spatuletail Visitors Centre, to watch this amazing hummingbird amongst many other colourful species.

 The inviting pool at Pumarinri Lodge. 

The inviting pool at Pumarinri Lodge. 

Second stop at Moyobamba to visit an orchid botanical garden, and enjoy our boxed lunch.

We finally reach Pumarinri Amazon Lodge, following the Mayo and Huallaga valleys and canyons, in the late afternoon.

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge.
NB. For those on a tight schedule, you can be dropped off at Tarapoto Airport this evening. 

Day 6: Tarapoto: Mighty Rivers; Airport Transfer

Breakfast and boat trip along the Huallaga River, between the Estero and Chumia rapids, and a forest walk in the Cordillera Azul National Park.

Transfer to Tarapoto airport for onward travel. 

End of tour.