• Kuelap
  • Chiclayo
  • Lima
  • Chachapoyas
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Lost Peru

10 days from £2550pp plus international flights.

Before the Incas rose to power, Peru had other major civilisations, and on this holiday we immerse you in the history, art and architecture of those earlier cultures.

  • ​Cable car ride to the magnificent Kuelap Fortress
  • Trek to the spectacular Gocta Falls
  • Chan Chán, once the world's largest adobe city
  • Treasures from the tomb of the Lord of Sipán
  • Museums with incredible indigenous art
  • Guided tour of historic Lima
  • Stay in a rural lodge with waterfall views

The Moche, the Chimú, the Lambayeque and the Chachapoyas all pre-dated the Incas and each had their own rich cultures in Peru's Highlands and Pacific coastal plain. As archaeologists explore Moche, Chimú and Lambayeque adobe cities and the Chachapoyan stone fortress Kuélap, more and more is being learned about these civilisations. This trip takes you to key archaeological sites and purpose-built museums, and also includes private tours of some of the major sites in Lima.

As well as the remarkable archaeological and historical delights you'll visit the ocean-front town of Huanchaco. This is renowned for fishing and surfing and for the way the local fishermen combine the two, riding the waves on traditional reed boats called caballitos ('little horses'). Not surprisingly, there are some great seafood restaurants here!

You'll travel by road from the Pacific coast to the valley of the River Marañón and on to cloud-topped Andean peaks and the 771m tall two-drop Gocta Falls. More than twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, Gocta only became known to the western world in 2005. This is a stunning region, with some 23 waterfalls in total and an incredible richness of wildlife, birdlife, butterflies and flora.

Throughout the trip you'll stay in great hotels, including a trendy luxury boutique hotel in a 1920s mansion in Lima's chic Barranco district, an elegant hotel in a colonial mansion on the Plaza de Armas in Trujillo and a spectacularly-located countryside lodge with amazing views of the Gocta Falls.

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Experiences you could have on this holiday

As well as discovering past civilisations and seeing fabulous landscapes, these are just some of the experiences you could enjoy on this holiday.

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Where you could be staying

Below are some of our recommended places to stay on this trip. Being a tailor-made holiday, we can sometimes change to different properties you might prefer, but please note that this will affect the trip price.

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