These are mystical places! They deserve respect both for their magnificence and their heritage. Above you the cliff face is dotted with caves, each containing the remains of the locals’ ancestors, people who have inhabited this valley since the beginnings of time. Like so many of the experiences on this holiday, human drama and history is mixed with spectacular scenery. A heady combination!
We start in Lima, the capital and then head on to Chiclayo on the coastal plains. We are here to visit the temple of Sipan, perhaps the most important archaeological site in Peru. Next it’s south to Trujillo, a desert oasis between sea and mountains. We will see the Spanish colonial city, one of the few Hispanic sites we visit on this holiday. We also visit the ruined city at Chan Chan, where little imagination is required to see what it would have been like in its heyday. A day’s drive into the mountains includes stops along the way to Cajamarca. Here we can enjoy mountain walks and Incan ruins in the cooler air.
Then to Leymebamba for more stunning mountain scenery and indigenous culture. We continue to Chachapoyas, the name means Cloud people’ in Aymara language, still widely spoken in the area. It is here we see the mystical tombs built into cliffs at Revash. It is also from here we visit Kuelap, a ruined city as spectacular as Machu
Picchu but without the crowds. We should be able to use the new built cable car to visit the city, it opened early in 2017. We also visit Gocta waterfall, considered the third highest in the world. Finally we drive to Jaen to catch a flight back to Lima for our final night in Peru.
Only recently has it been possible to enjoy these spectacular and little known sites. Everything you will see here is every bit as engaging as the honey pot highlights in the south of Peru but without anything like the same numbers of tourists. Be one of the first to discover the area.