Fly into Chiclayo and transfer to your hotel to drop off luggage. Then meet your guide and begin an excursion with a visit to the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán, north of Chiclayo in Lambayeque. This state-of-the-art museum opened in 2002. Shaped like a Moche pyramid, it contains the archaeological remains of the Moche culture, which existed in 100-750 A.A. Afterwards, visit Tucume, an imposing complex of 26 mud brick pyramids surrounded by smaller structures that served as the political and religious center of the pre-Incan Lambayeque culture. Return to Chiclayo.
After breakfast, your morning excursion will take you to the magnificent mud-brick burial platform of Huaca Rajada. It was here that the world famous tomb of the Lord of Sipán was discovered in 1987 by the Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva. The Lord of Sipán, a warrior priest from the Moche civilization, lived about 2,000 years ago on the coast of Peru. He was buried along with a dazzling array of gold artifacts studded with precious stones. After seeing the on-site museum, continue on to Pampa Grande, also known as La Capilla, considered to be the largest pyramid in South America. Return to your hotel in Chiclayo. After a short rest, you'll be transferred to Trujillo, a 3-hour drive south along the Pan American Highway, passing through arid desert and fertile valleys. To the west you will see the Pacific Ocean, with its sandy beaches; to the east, the foothills of the Andes. You will arrive in the late afternoon at Trujillo, a city founded in 1534 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who named it after his birthplace in Spain. Overnight.
Leave your packed bags at your hotel to prepare for a full day adventure before flying back to Lima in the evening. Start with a city tour, stopping first in the main square surrounded by brightly painted Colonial mansions with lovely doorways, balconies and courtyards. You'll visit several of these homes, then continue on to the San Francisco Church and the Cathedral, with its collection of paintings from the Quito School of Painting. The city tour concluded with a visit to the private Cassinelli Museum or the University Museum.
Next you will visit the famous Huacas (temples) of the Sun and the Moon. Have a break with time for lunch, then continue on to Chan Chan, the ruins of the largest adobe city in the world, located 2 miles north of Trujillo on the Pacific coast. The site is composed of 9 different areas, of which the best restored is the Tschudi Citadel. Visit the site museum and the adobe ceremonial Temple of the Dragon. Continue to the charming seaside town of Huanchaco, where the local fishermen still use reed boats as their ancestors did centuries ago. Return to your hotel to collect your luggage and head to the airport for an evening flight, to continue on to your next Avanti destination!