• Best-value way to visit northern Peru highlights ... in 9 days ... in comfort

  • Chan Chan, Huaca de la Luna, Tucume, Gocta, Kuelap & Amazon jungle included.

  • Small group departures using private transport and best hotels in region (just 2 passengers minimum). 

  • 2018 price from £1,139 / $US 1,590 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 in depth all three wildly-different environments in nine days, travelling overland in a comfortable private vehicle. 

Beginning in the Colonial city of Trujillo and then driving north up the PanAmerican Highway to Chiclayo, we have a chance to experience this coastal desert environment, with its wealth of pre-Inca archeology and delicious seafood. We then head eastwards and upwards into the Andes, and the various rain forest 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

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: 

  • Tues, 17 - Weds, 25 July
  • Tues, 21 - Weds, 29 August
  • Weds, 12 - Thurs, 20 September

2019 Set Departures: 

  • Sat, 15 - Sun, 23 June
  • Sun, 14 - Mon, 22 July
  • Fri, 16 - Sat, 24 August
  • Sun, 29 September - Mon, 7 October
  • Tue, 22 - Wed, 30 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 Trujillo. Click here for more details. 


Day 1: Colonial Trujillo

Pick up from Trujillo airport, bus terminal or hotel, at the appropriate time.

In the afternoon, we take a walking city tour around Trujillo Colonial centre.

Dinner & Overnight at Moche Sanctuary Lodge, or similar.

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Day 2: Trujillo: Huaca de la Luna & Chan Chan

Breakfast and visit to Huaca de la Luna archaeological site and museum, as stone's throw from our accommodation

After lunch back at the hotel, we visit Chan Chan citadel, the largest mud brick (adobe) city in America.

Dinner & Overnight at Moche Sanctuary Lodge, or similar.

Day 3: Trujillo - Tucume: El Brujo & Tumbes Reales

Breakfast and departure to visit El Brujo & Señora de Cao museum and archaeological site.

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Lunch in Pacasymayo, overlooking the Pacific ocean, where surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers can be seen exploiting the elements at various times of the year. 

After that we'll be heading north to visit Tumbas Reales Museum, in Lambayeque, where the Lord of Sipan is exhibited.

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

Day 4: 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 5: Gocta Falls

 Taking a horse to Gocta Falls. 

Taking a horse to Gocta Falls. 


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 or three 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 6: 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 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 7: Gocta - Tarapoto: Andes to Amazon

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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.

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

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

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge, or similar.

Day 8: Tarapoto: Rainforest & Waterfalls

Breakfast followed by a morning hike through the Amazon rainforest, observing a variety of forest features from palm trees, vines, epiphytes and hardwood trees to bullet ants, morpho butterflies and poison dart frogs.

 The pool at Pumarinri Lodge. 

The pool at Pumarinri Lodge. 

At the end of this walk we have a refreshing swim at Pucayaquillo Waterfall. Lunch.

In the afternoon, we take a guided walk on the Coca Circuit and other trails in the grounds of the lodge, looking for poison dart frogs, along with other flora and fauna.

Dinner & Overnight at Pumarinri Lodge, or similar.

Day 9: 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.