Largely unexplored, the North of Peru exudes the country’s best kept secrets. Packed with cryptic archaeological ruins, colonial gems, soaring snow-capped peaks and white-sand beaches, it is a place of extraordinary natural wonder that offers a wealth of ancient culture and outdoor adventure.
Home to the greatest archaeological treasures in the country, the north of Peru is brimming with an astounding array of sacred cities and monuments. The colonial town of Trujillo is surrounded by pre-Colombian sites and serves as the ideal base from which to explore the sacred pyramids of Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun), as well as the mighty ruins of Chan Chan, a World Heritage Site and the largest pre-Colombian city in the America’s. Another hub surrounded by archaeological discoveries is the city of Chiclayo; well-known for its beautiful colonial architecture, it is also close to the Royal Tombs of Sipan, the Tucame pyramids and the pre-Inca pyramids of Batan Grande. Saving the best until last, the mighty fortress of Kuelap located outside of Chachapoyas is the most impressive of them all. Nestled on a mountain top in the cloud forest, its mystery is heightened by the mist that surrounds it, and as the largest and most dramatic structure in South America it is revered as the Machu Picchu of the north.
For thrill seekers, the city of Huaraz is a hiking and trekking mecca for those eager to explore the Cordillera Blanca range. It is the second highest mountain range in the world, after the Himalayas and boasts the most stunning and wild landscapes in Peru. With hundreds of snow-capped peaks, verdant valley surroundings, turquoise glacier lakes and pristine rivers, it is home to an abundance of flora and flora, and offers exploration into an area of untouched wilderness. From mountaineering, to trekking, biking, and rafting along its exhilarating rivers, there is plenty to keep you active. So rugged and untouched, this area of Peru is not for the fainthearted, but total paradise for the active and adventurous.
Ancient treasures and dramatic landscapes aside, the north of Peru is also home to a plethora of white-sandy beaches and world-class waves. The beach destination of Mancora is the most attractive of them all and is known for its year-round sun, delicious seafood and awe-inspiring sunsets.
Many consider this northern area to be a destination for your second trip to Peru. However, for those wanting to get off the beaten track, discover a wealth of Ancient treasures, explore dramatic landscapes and soak up the sun on palm-fringed beaches, then you should explore this northern bliss now before it really becomes 'discovered'.