The Moche route: Chiclayo and Trujillo

The most important pre-Columbian cultures of the northen of Peru.

See the marvelous legacy of the ancient Peruvians on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Learn how they rode the waves in boats made of tortora reeds, how they captured portraits and even models of their homes in the form of ceramic vessels, how they developed advanced metallurgical techniques that were superior to those known in Europe at the time, and how they built enormous structures from only water and mud, all of this achieved before the year 800 BCE. Experience examples of all of this in the Museum of the Royal Tombs of the Señor de Sipán, in the archeological complex El Brujo (where the Dama de Cao is located), and in America’s biggest adobe city, Chan Chan.

Duration of trip: 5 days / 4 nights.

Places visited:

  • Museum of the Royal Tombs of the Señor de Sipán
  • The Túcume Pyramids
  • The El Brujo Archeological Complex
  • The Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon
  • The Trujillo City Center
  • Chan Chan
  • Huanchaco Beach

Trip includes:

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • 4 nights in a hotel
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Transfers in the cities
  • All ground transportation in town and to and from the sites we visit
  • Entrance fees to the included sites
  • Tour guide

Trip does not include:

  • Meals and food not mentioned in the “included” section
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations


Given that this trip proceeds in a progressive manner from sea level to its highest point, there is no need for previous acclimatization.


These are the hotels we use on this tour: Hotel Bay View in Lima, Los Portales hotel in Chiclayo y Hotel Torre Norte in Trujillo. In the event that there is no availability, we will change for other of the same category.

Equipment list

We generally recommend light travel clothes, but for the winter months (May-October) you’ll want something a little warmer.


The regions we visit on this trip are warm with temperatures that vary between 17 and 26°C. The best time to visit is between October and April.

Is this trip appropriate for me?

There are no restrictions for this tour as it involves only travel by car and never goes much above sea level.

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Airport pickup and transportation to hotel

Introductory meeting in the hotel with an overview of the trip

Meal included: None

Day 2: Lima – Chiclayo

In the morning we travel from the hotel to the airport for our flight to Chiclayo. Upon arrival in Chiclayo we go directly to our hotel, we then head to Sipan where the tomb of the Señor of Sipan was discovered, we visit the city, and then the Museum of the Royal Tombs of the Señor de Sipán, where we will see a great number of artifacts and implements of the Moche culture. In the afternoon after lunch, we will head out to visit the Pyramids of Túcume and then in the late afternoon head back to Chiclayo.

Included meals: Breakfast

 Day 3: Chiclayo – Trujillo

In the morning we will travel by private vehicle to the city of Trujillo. We’ll first visit the El Brujo archeological complex where we will see the Dama de Cao. In the afternoon we will visit the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, after which we will return to our hotel in Trujillo.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Trujillo – Lima

In the morning we explore sights within the city of Trujillo; we visit the Uruiaga House, the Urquiaga Palace, the Casa de la Emancipacion, the La Merced church, and the plaza de armas. We will also visit the Chan Chan archeological complex, which was built by the Chimu culture. We then head to the beach town Huanchaco, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we go to the airport to catch our flight back to Lima, where our driver will collect us and take us to our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Lima – Airport or your next tour

At the appropriate time our driver will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the airport or to the bus terminal.

Meals included: Breakfast