Situated along the coast in the northern part of the country, Chiclayo, Peru, is surrounded by a hot, dry desert and acts as the perfect base to explore some of the less visited sites of Tucume and the Lord of Sipan Tomb. Hostels in Chiclayo, Peru, are available in the small city at rather affordable prices.
The number one attraction, the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan, lies a short distance away by collectivo in the smaller town of Lambayeque. Described as the Tutankhamun of the Americas, Lord Sipan was discovered buried not only with many treasures and ceremonial items, but also in the company of six other people. The displays in the museum are completely in Spanish, but it’s worth the trip. Unfortunately, National Geographic owns the rights to all images within the museum, so photography isn’t allowed.
Slightly north of Lambayeque are the pyramids of Tucume. There are twenty-six pyramids in total, and while they mostly look like large mounds of clay and dirt, the history behind these structures is fascinating. A museum is available on site as well the opportunity to climb one of the pyramids for a bird's-eye view of the valley. Bird-watchers will also enjoy taking shelter from the sun under one of the large trees to spot an array of native Peruvian birds.
In Chiclayo itself, there are limited tourist activities, but the central market is a good place to grab a cheap bite to eat or cure any ailment you may have by visiting a shaman. The area is also famous for duck and rice or goat, both of which are delicious and energising after a day in the hot sun.
In terms of sleeping, Chiclayo, Peru hostels are available within the city at affordable prices. Some hostels in Chiclayo, Peru, will feature a guest kitchen and others may provide the services of an onsite restaurant. If you’re traveling through the north of Peru, Chiclayo is a great spot to spend a day or two exploring some of the pre-Incan history of the country. Just remember to take sunscreen, as it almost never rains!
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