Peru – The Northern Circuit

Explore ancient ruins of the Chachapoyas, trek to the world’s third largest waterfall, all while searching for Peru’s famous wildlife.

When: Year-round

Duration: 7 days/ 6 Nights


Trip Highlights

  • Chachapoyas: Chachapoyas translates to “people of the clouds”. The Chachapoyas were one of the last kingdoms to succumb to the Incas and their architecture is decidedly non-Incan with protruding geometric patterns, friezes, and cornices.
  • Kuelap: Kuelap is the “Machu Picchu of the north” and considered the most important archaeological site of northeast Peru. Located at 3,000 meters above sea level, Kuelap’s remarkable roundhouse rock architecture is shrouded in clouds, festooned with seductive orchids, and steeped in mystery.
  • Chaparrí Ecological Reserve: Named after the impressive mountain that dominates this region, it is the first Private Conservation Area in Peru. The reserve is exceptionally rich in endemic and threatened species, including the spectacled bear, white-winged guan and Tumbes tyrant.


Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Peru adventure that meets your needs.


Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 Chiclayo/ Chachapoyas ~ Morning departure from Chiclayo via private transport. Your full-day transfer will move you from coastal Peru through stunning landscapes, ending with an evening arrival in the magnificent cloud forests of Chachapoyas. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo. (BL,D)



DAY 2 Chachapoyas/ Revash ~ After breakfast, set out for a horseback excursion to the Revash archaeological site. Revash’s colorful funeral buildings are perched high on a cliff overlooking the Utcubamba valley below. Learn about the area’s history with time for wildlife observation followed by a visit to Leymebamba Museum. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo. (B,BL,D)

DAY 3 Chachapoyas/ Kuelap ~ Today brings a visit to Kuelap, a mighty stone city perched majestically atop mountain-top cliffs overlooking dramatic panoramas of the surrounding Andean landscape. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo. (B,BL,D)


DAY 4 Chachapoyas/ Gocta Waterfall ~ Set out for an early morning trek to Gocta Waterfall, considered the world’s third tallest. The remote location and diverse forest surrounding Gocta will amaze you. Keep an eye out for the Andean cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s national bird. Overnight at Hostal El Chillo. (B,BL,D)

DAY 5 Chachapoyas/ Chiclayo ~ After an early breakfast, private transfer back to Chiclayo for a late afternoon arrival. The evening is yours to explore Chiclayo, a city known for beautiful colonial architecture, delicious seafood, and vibrant culture. Overnight at the Gran Hotel Chiclayo. (B,BL)


DAY 6 Chaparrí Ecological Reserve ~ Today, you will visit the community-owned Chaparrí Ecological Reserve. Hike the reserve’s trails in search of resident species and learn about local conservation projects for the white-winged guan and spectacled bear. Overnight at Chaparrí Ecolodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Chaparrí/ Chiclayo ~ The morning is yours to explore the reserve before your afternoon transfer to Chiclayo. (B,L)



MEALS: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $1675/ person based on double occupancy.

Package includes  expert local guides, entrance fees as listed in itinerary, private ground transfers, lodging, and meals as listed.A donation to local conservation efforts in Peru will be made on behalf of all trip participants.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, optional activities, personal expenses, travel insurance, and gratuities for your guides and drivers.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.