14 days

From £5,260

We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.


The evocative southern ruins of Machu Picchu are, of course, what will draw most travellers to the fascinating destination of Peru. However, this can mean that the country’s north is often overlooked. A journey to northern Peru will be filled with vast archaeological sites, diverse landscapes, and incredible UNESCO-listed ruins. Along the way, we will encounter decorated friezes that tell historic tales, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Moche, and get to explore parts of sites that tourists never reach with our expert scholar, who has personally excavated 25 years in one of the most important sites, Chavin de Huantar.

We will also go in search of the Sicán, an ancient civilization that developed in northern Peru between 800 and 1300 CE. To experience this part of South America is to see a side of Peru that most explorers will miss. Pyramids dot the horizon, amazingly preserved pre-Inca cities await discovery, and gravity-defying cliff tombs simply beg for skyward glances.

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed site of Chavín de Huántar with the site director, our expert scholar John Rick, and explore underground spaces no tourists can get access to
  • Explore Chan Chan, the biggest city ever built in adobe bricks
  • Experience the Citadel of the Cloud Warriors – Kuelap, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”
  • Learn about the important political and religious headquarters of the Moche at the Sun and Moon temple pyramids
  • Discover lesser-visited sites, such as the Tucume pyramids and Batan Grande, the centre of the Sican culture

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £665

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Professor John Rick

Expert Scholar

Professor John Rick is Associate Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, previous Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center. He focuses on South American archaeology including the lost city of the incas.

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Remnants of round houses in Kuelap
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
2 November 2020 RPER201102 2 November 2020 (Monday) 15 November 2020 (Sunday) Professor John Rick £5,260
(inc. flights)
£500 £665


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