The fastest growing city in Peru, spending time in Chiclayo offer visitors a chance to mingle with the friendly locals. The city is a growing business hub and the 4th largest city in the country. Additionally, it is located amongst some of the most important and unique archaeological finds in Northern Peru.
Considered one of the most important discoveries in Peru's history, the tombs at Huaca Rajada is evidence of a royal burial grounds. Uncovered in 1988 and 1989, the tombs of "Lord of Sipan" and "Old Lord of Sipan" demonstrate how the Moche treated their nobles after death. The exciting story of how the tombs were found, first by grave robbers and then by an archaeologist, and how the excavators trained the locals to help with the project only adds to the allure of this site.
28 pyramids make up this immense site, located outside of Chiclayo. An overlook offers viewers the chance to peruse the entirety of the ruins, complete with dilapidated stone walls. Little is known of the origins of these pyramids but they are spectacular to see nevertheless.
Half-Day Sipan and Museum
Spend a half-day wandering burial grounds at Huaca Rajada. The recently discovered tombs here include that of the "Lord of Sipan" and the "Old Lord of Sipan", just uncovered in the late-1980s. This is considered the most important Peruvian archaeological finds of the last 50 years.
Half-Day Tucume Pyramids and Museum
Spend a half-day amongst ancient pyramids. This huge complex is bordered by a hill housing an overlook, allowing you to see the vast size of the ruins. The small on-site museum tells the little that is known of the pyramids as well as the tale of their discovery.
Half-Day Bruning Museum and Sipan
You'll begin with a visit to the Bruning Archaeological Museum, which houses some important artifacts from the Moche civilization. Then, you'll continue on to Huaca Rajada. The recently discovered tombs here include that of the "Lord of Sipan" and the "Old Lord of Sipan", just uncovered in the late-1980s. This is considered the most important Peruvian archaeological finds of the last 50 years
Full Day Sican Museum, Batan Grande and Tucume Pyramids.
Begin your day by traveling to Ferrenafe to see the Sican Museum. Highlights of the museum include the process of making pottery and most artifacts are displayed as they were used. Then, you'll head to the large, protected forest of Batan Grande on the Peruvian coast. Numerous unique flora and fauna abound, including the boa constrictor! After your included lunch, you'll visit Tucume pyramids. This huge complex is bordered by a hill with an overlook allowing you to see the vast size of the ruins. The small on-site museum tells the little that is known about the site as well as its discovery.
Featured Lodgings in Chiclayo:
Situated just five minuntes from the center of town and a short ride to the airport, the modern Gran Hotel Chiclayo offers a range of rooms, from simple double-beded rooms to two room, two bathroom suites. Upon arrival, enjoy a complimentary welcome drink. Modern amenities including internet access, international dialing and satellite television await you in your room. The hotel has a full-service business center as well as a pool, allowing you to both work and play. Two restaurants satisfy any palate with a gourmet menu complimented by a more casual pizza café.
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