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Condor Travel and Mayte Tours both organize tours to the ruins around Trujillo. Clara Bravo and Michael White are great guides for Trujillo, and also lead trips farther afield. Moche Toursis one of Chiclayo's best tour companies for trips to the Tomb of Señor Sipán.

There are many tour companies in Huaraz; Monttrek is among the best, arranging rafting, trekking, and mountain-climbing expeditions. Clarín Tours is said to be one of Cajamarca's best. In Piura, call Piura Tours.

In Chachapoyas, contact Vilaya Tours. The company arranges tours to Kuélap, as well as to the remote ruins of Gran Vilaya, which requires a 31-km (19-mile) hike, and to the Pueblo de Los Muertos, which requires a 23-km (14-mile) hike.


Clara Bravo and Michael White. Peruvian born Clara and British born Michael are two of Trujillo's most reputable guides. They lead tours to all of the region's major archeological attractions and take tourists on extended circuits. Highly recommended. Cahuide 495, Trujillo. 044/243–347. From S/20.

Clarín Tours. With offices in Lima and Cajamarca, Clarín Tours specializes in multi-day package deals that include transportation, hotels and tours in northern Peru, particularly in Cajamarca. Del Batán 161, Cajamarca. 076/366–829. From S/180.

Mayte Tours. Specializing in organized tours to difficult to reach destinations, such as Cerros de Amotape and Santuario Los Manglares, Mayte will also set up secure transportation to Guayaquil and other parts of Ecuador. Jr. San Martín 131, Tumbes. 07/278–2532. From S/80.

Moche Tours. This is Chiclayo's largest operator, with trips to most archaeological and cultural attractions in the region, including standard day trips and excursions to lesser visited destinations like Ferreñafe for the Museo Nacional de Sicán and the Chaparrí bear reserve. 7 de Enero 638, Chiclayo. 074/232–184. From S/65.

Monttrek. Established in 1984, Monttrek offers trekking and climbing in the Blanca and Huayhuash Mountain ranges, as well as white-water rafting trips down the Santa River and mountain biking and paragliding trips. Av. Luzuriaga 646, Huaraz. 043/421–121. From S/45.

Vilaya Tours. Chachapoyas' most reputable operator runs private and customized tours to Kuelap, the sarcophagi of Karajia, the Gocta waterfall, and the Mummy Museum of Leymebamba. Jr. Amazonas 261, Chachapoyas. 041/477–506. From S/50.

Canechi Tours. Aside from beach trips to Mancora and Punta Sal, Canechi arranges day trips around Piura and private transportation around the region. Calle Tacna 349, Piura. 73/311–327. From S/50.

Escuela de Buceos Spondylus. This PADI-licensed dive school runs immersion courses for beginners, and you can get your license for open-water diving, rescue diving, and underwater photography. Dive trips go to Los Organos, Punta Sal, and Cabo Blanco. Av. Piura 216, Máncora. 73/496–932. From S/300.

Go2Andes. This hiking and trekking operator runs well prepared trips into the Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Blanca, including technical climbs to Alpamayo and other peaks. Psje. Pacífico 204, Nueva Florida, Huaraz. 043/428–941. From S/70.

North Shore Expeditions. Whale-watching (from June to October) and deep-sea sport-fishing trips off the Pacific coast are available here. Km 1,186, Panamericana Norte, Tumbes. 96/177–0728. From S/200.

Octopus Surf Tours. Operated by Peruvian surfer Marco Antonio Ravizza, Octopus leads guided trips to the more than 25 different waves within a 15–90-minute drive of Máncora, such as Lobitos and Punta Mero. They can also package deals with hotels where they have special rates. Máncora. 9940–05518 cell.

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