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

  • Private transport & best hotels in the region. 

  • Includes Amazon Jungle, Gocta Falls, Kuelap & Tucume. 

  • Price: from £1,045 / $1,380 per person (based on double occupancy). 

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

Beginning in the jungle city of Tarapoto, in the humid heart of Amazonia, we have a chance to enjoy some of the rich flora and fauna, before heading westwards and upwards into the Andes, and the various rain forest systems of San Martin and Amazonas provinces.

In the cloud forests of Chachapoyas can be found both natural wonders, such as Gocta Falls, and man-made, notably Kuelap Fortress, and we spend several days exploring this region before continuing over the Continental Divide to the coast. 

Our tour ends in the desert environment around Chiclayo, famous for its pre-Columbian archaeology and delicious seafood

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: 

  • June 8 - 13
  • June 23 - 28
  • Aug 5 - 10
  • Sept 23 - 28
  • Oct 14 - 19

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 Chiclayo to Tarapoto. Click here for more details. 


Day 1: Tarapoto: Amazon Valleys & Canyons

Reception at Tarapoto airport and departure towards Pumarinri Lodge, following the Mayo and Huallaga valleys and canyons, stopping at the spots of major scenic or ecological interest en route.

Amazon jungle trail at Pumarinri. 

Amazon jungle trail at Pumarinri. 

Arrival at Pumarinri Lodge.

Afternoon walk on the Coca Circuit and other trails in the lodge grounds, followed by free time to enjoy the pool.

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge.

Day 2: Tarapoto - Gocta: From Amazon to Andes

Breakfast and early departure towards the Andes.

Hummingbird at Huembo Reserve. 

Hummingbird at Huembo Reserve. 

First stop is at Moyobamba to visit an orchid botanical garden.

Second stop at the Marvelous Spatuletail Visitors Centre, to watch this amazing hummingbird amongst many other colourful species, and enjoy our boxed lunch.

We hope to arrive at our accommodation in time to enjoy the sunset in front of Gocta Falls, one of the highest in the world, in the heart of the Peruvian northern Andes.

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.

Day 3: Gocta Falls


The two drops of Gocta Falls. 

The two drops of Gocta Falls. 

From Gocta Lodge there's 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.

Day 4: Kuelap

The impressive outer wall of Kuelap. 

The impressive outer wall of 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 Nuevo Tingo.

On our way back to Gocta Lodge, 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 - Tucume: Andes - Coastal Desert

Breakfast and early departure towards the coastal province of Lambayeque.

Frieze detail from Tucume Pyramids. 

Frieze detail from Tucume Pyramids. 

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

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

Dinner & Overnight at Los Horcones Hotel, or similar.

Day 6: Lord of Sipan; Chiclayo

Totora reed rafts at Pimentel. 

Totora reed rafts at Pimentel. 

Breakfast and departure to visit Tumbas Reales Museum, in Lambayeque, where the Lord of Sipan is exhibited.

Lunch in Pimentel, overlooking the sea, watching the fishermen come ashore on reed rafts known as Caballitos de Totora (Reed Ponies).

After lunch, transfer to Chiclayo Airport or bus station for onward travel. 

End of tour.