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How to Spend 3 Days in Chiclayo

How to Spend 3 Days in Chiclayo

There’s no way around it—Chiclayo is a whirlwind. With so much history and so many ancient sites, this modern city by the Valley of Pyramids is anything but short on adventure. If you only have a few days in Chiclayo to pack in all of the sites, grouping the attractions by geographic location will you help you squeeze it all in.

Day 1: Lambayeque Valley

Even the shortest visit to Chiclayo should begin with the most famous sites. This area is known for its archaeological wealth (both literally as well figuratively), and many of the region’s most fascinating sites lie north in the Lambayeque Valley. Before the desert sun gets too hot, spend the morning touring the pyramids at the sprawling ruins of Túcume. These 540 acres are home to 26 different pyramids, one of which—Huaca Larga—is believed to be largest pyramid built anywhere on Earth. Once sufficiently humbled by the size of Túcume, head over to the town of Lambayeque to tour the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan. This is where you’ll find the enormous treasure buried with the Lord of Sipan before heading across town to the Brüning National Archaeological Museum to photograph rooms filled with gold and jewelry of ancient kings.

Day 2: Markets and Forests

Start the day off at Mercado Modelo in the city center of Chiclayo, making time for the Witch’s Market and its mysterious shamans and healers. Then head north again to Batán Grande and the dryland Pomac Forest to walk beneath the shade of carob trees between the remains of eroded pyramids. Linger for a while in the green of the forest. Before making your way back to Chiclayo, stop at the Sicán National Museum for a final dose of treasure.

Day 3: Ancient Remains

For as organized and clean as museums can be for showcasing historical finds, nothing beats walking the grounds where the treasure was originally pulled from the ground. At Huaca Rajada, to the south of the city, visit the site where the Lord of Sipan was famously excavated and discovered. The ground at this site is pockmarked with holes from grave diggers, historians and scientists, and visitors can see a replica of how the ancient king was found buried in his infamous tomb. On the way back to town, pick up some authentic crafts or souvenirs at the Mercado Artesenal, and spend the evening strolling the city beneath the lights of the illuminated cathedral.

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Archeological Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tombs

Archeological Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tombs

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Learn about two ancient Peruvian cultures and visiting related archeological sites on this day-long private tour from Chiclayo. Your guided excursion begins at Huaca Rajada, where archeologists discovered the Moche civilization's Lord of Sipán mummy in 1987. You'll also explore Túcume, an 8th century site encompassing dozens of mounds and pyramids once belonging to the Sican culture, and the Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum, home to Moche artifacts including jewelry and headdresses.
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  • 8 hours
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Batan Grande Archeological Site and Sicán National Museum Tour from Chiclayo

Batan Grande Archeological Site and Sicán National Museum Tour from Chiclayo

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Set out on a 4-hour tour from Chiclayo to explore the world of the ancient Sicán people, a Peruvian civilization that flourished from 750 to 1300 AD. Visit Batan Grande, an old sugar plantation and known archeological site where archaeologists discovered an important Sicán tomb in 1992. Take a guided stroll among the area's dozens of Sicán-built ancient pyramids. then head off to the Sicán National Museum in the town of Ferreñafe for a 1.5-hour guided tour. Here you'll see artifacts recovered from the 1992 excavation, including feathered funeral masks.
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  • 4 hours
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$79.10
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Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum Tour

Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum Tour

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Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Royal Tombs Museum, home to ancient treasures, mummies like the Lord of Sipán and more. Set out from Chiclayo to Lambayeque to explore this wonderful collection of artifacts belonging to northern Peru's Moche people. See rarities not excavated until 1987 and learn more about this intriguing civilization that thrived in the region from the 1st until the 8th centuries. The museum offers both private and group tours.
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  • 3 hours
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$35.30
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Private Tour: Brüning National Archeological Museum

Private Tour: Brüning National Archeological Museum

See more than 1,500 artifacts once belonging to ancient Peruvian civilations at the Brüning National Archeological Museum. Set out from Chiclayo to Lambayeque for a private tour of the museum. Peruse this rare collection of textiles, headdresses, gold vases and more while your expert guide shares the history of Peru's Moche, Chimu, and other ancient cultures. Round-trip hotel transport is included with your ticket.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.20
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3 Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

3 Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

Peru may be known for its Inca heritage, but the country was also home to many fascinating pre-Incan peoples. Explore their history and cultures on a guided 3-day archeological tour from Chiclayo to Trujillo. Delve into the ancient worlds of the Sicán, Chimú, and Moche civilizations with visits to Huaca Rajada (1987 excavation site of the Lord of Sipán mummy ) the Valley of the Pryamids, the former Chimú captial of Chan Chan and much more. Choose from a variety of budget-friendly lodgings to further enchance this multi-day trip.
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  • 3 days
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$692.00
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$692.00
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Chiclayo City Sightseeing and Witch Market

Chiclayo City Sightseeing and Witch Market

Experience Chiclayo's landmarks and attractions on a guided private sightseeing tour of the city. People-watch in Plaza Principal, Chiclayo's main square. Marvel at Paseo de las Musas's classic-style Greek statues, and explore the Municipal Palace museum. You'll also visit the city's captivating Witch Market, home to a treasure-trove of unusual herbs and healing remedies.
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  • 3 hours
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$32.50
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