WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This program welcomes you to the contemporary and ancient Peruvian culture and teaches you how to behave when interacting with locals. Furthermore, it introduces you to Pimentel, Chiclayo and its surroundings by visiting the main sights.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
In the morning, you’ll take a city tour around Chiclayo and visit the city center. You will get to see the Plazuela, Parque Principal de Chiclayo, and Santa Maria Cathedral. You will also get the chance to visit one of the biggest local markets in Chiclayo, where you can find daily goods as well as unique items such as herbs, macas and other handmade goods to take back home.
In the afternoon, you will take part in the orientation seminar to give you some safety advice, address all questions and provide travel tips and first-hand information about Peru and its culture. Afterwards, you will take a Spanish crash course with useful expressions and enjoy a quick walk through Pimentel. Afterwards, it will be time to go to the beach and enjoy the last few rays of sun!
You will take an excursion to the Pomac Forest, which boasts diverse natural and cultural attractions spread throughout its almost 6,000 hectares, as well as a beautiful wooded area in the midst of a tropical Pacific desert, various of wildlife and numerous bird species. You can search for some unique species such as millennial trees that local healers still use for mystic rituals and experience the view of complex of Peruvian pyramids, in which archaeologists have found an incredible amount of golden artifacts.
In the morning, you will visit a local market and purchase ingredients for a cooking class. Later on, you will learn how to prepare traditional Peruvian food together with a local cook.
In the afternoon, you will visit Lambayeque city and the modern Tumbas Reales Museum, which is considered to be one of the best museums in Latin America because it exhibits one of the most important gold treasure discoveries in ancient Peru and the world. While here, you will see amazing artefacts of gold, silver, precious stones and other metals.
A visit to Tucume will be the first thing to cross off your schedule. Tacume was once the grand capital of the Sican culture and today the biggest pyramid complex in the world. After visiting the museum of Tecume, you will trek for about two hours to the top of mountain, where you can overlook the 26 pyramids that make up the site.
In the morning, you will go to a farm where there are about 250 emus, 50 avestruces (ostriches), and a suri (an endangered species of alpaca). Additionally, you will see some artworks made out of emu and ostrich eggs. An interesting animal that you will find in the farm is a massive avestruz that weighs about 180 kilos and is 2.8 meters tall. An experience you will not soon forget!
In the afternoon, you will visit a marine institute, where you will learn about the Peruvian sea and its resources, especially the fisheries. You will get the chance to see a variety of marine life, including penguins! Afterwards, you will enjoy the sunset at the beach.