Lambayeque main tourist attractions

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The Cathedral of the City of Chiclayo

It is built in the neoclassic style and dates from 1869. It presents a double main doorway supported by Dorian columns which stand in front of the entrance way’s three arches. In that church, composed of three naves, the carved wood image of the Poor Christ stands out.

Monsefú’s Handicraft Market

Monsefú’s Handicraft Market is located 14 km. South of the city of Chiclayo (15 minutes by bus), and is known for its straw woven fabrics, hats, baskets, purses and saddlebags, in cotton and thread. In addition, its embroidery is famous, in which gold and silver threads are even used. There, one can acquire delicately embroidered napkins, table cloths, blouses, skirts, ponchos and blankets.

Eten

Eten is located 22.4 km. South of the city of Chiclayo (25 minutes by bus), and is known as the world’s third eucharistic city which celebrates with great religious fervor, the Fair of the Divine Child’s Miracle, commemorating his 3 time apparition, in the Blessed Wafer, on July 22, 1619. It is the capital city of macora straw woven fabric and of fine embroidery. Eten’s beaches are bathed by calm waters and are located just 2.2 km. from the village.

Zaña

It is situated 46 km. South-east of the city of Chiclayo (1 hour and a half by bus). In Zaña, we’ll have a chance to appreciate the remains of what was a vice-regal city founded in 1563. In reality, it is a ghost town and the origin of legends and stories, like that which narrates the invasion and painful pillage, by the hands of the pirate Edward Davis, in 1686. But finally, it was destroyed by the “El Niño” phenomenon, in 1720, and today, only the vestiges remain of the San Agustín and San Francisco monasteries, as well as the La Merced Church’s doorway. It was the birthplace of Afro-American dances, like the erotic “Golpe de Tierra” (Earth's Blow), tonderos and festejo.

The Archaeological Complex of Huaca Rajada (Lord of Sipán)

It is located 35 km. South-east of the city of Chiclayo (45 minutes by car), within the boundaries of the Pomalca ex-farm. There, in 1987, a tomb was discovered with the intact remains of a Mochica Lord; the Lord of Sipán. The discovery allowed the appreciation of the burial ritual of a Mochica ruler who was accompanied by a warrior, a priest, two women, a child, a dog, a lama and a guardian with amputated feet. The funerary contents included numerous gold and silver jewels decorated with turquoise and lapis-lazuli.

The construction or Huaca (Sacred Place) is composed of a funerary platform and two sun-dried mud brick pyramids, also pertaining to the Mochica culture (1st to 6th century a.D.).

Pimentel’s Seaside Resort

Located 11 km. West of the city of Chiclayo (15 minutes by car), this modern seaside resort is a good place to practice the Hawaiian board, surf and jet-ski. In addition, we’ll be able to observe the fishermen going out to sea, on their ancestral “caballitos de totora” (Little totora horses) which are traditional rafts used on the Northern coast of Peru, since pre-Colombian times.

The Chaparrí Ecological Reserve

It is located 95 km. South-east of the city of Chiclayo (1 and a half hour by car). It covers a territory of 34,412 hectares, and belongs to the farming community of Muchik Santa Catalina of Chongoyape. It is the first private conservation area in Peru, the main objective of which is the conservation of the area’s dry forests and that of the rich biodiversity they shelter, as well as of the establishment of mechanisms that allow the sustainable use of natural resources. It protects important endangered species, such as the Spectacled Bear, Guanaco, White-winged Turkey and Andean Condor.

The Province of Ferreñafe

The locality of Ferreñafe, located 18 km. North-east of the city of Chiclayo (20 minutes by car), is inhabited by farmers dedicated to growing rice. There, the old Santa Lucía Church stands out, built in the baroque style and known as “Land of the Double Faith”, because of its maintaining Catholic and Shamanic beliefs at the same time.

Sicán’s National Museum

It is located 18 km. north of the city of Chiclayo (20 minutes by car). Sicán or House of the Moon (Casa de la Luna) is a museum that gathers the product of research conducted by Archaeologist Izumi Shimada, Director of the Sicán Archaeological Project (1978), during more than two decades. The exhibition recollects the objects found in the excavations of the Batán Grande site and displays them as they were used or made. The intention is to fix different aspects related to the Sicán culture, through the representation of details of domestic life, manufacturing processes or productive work. In its halls, two tombs of members of the nobility are represented (interpreted), which contain gold ornaments and other valuable belongings.

The museum offers detailed information due respect to the excavation process and conservation of the site, as well as about the chronology, development, exchange networks, economic activities, funerary patterns and the cosmo-vision of the Sicán or Lambayeque culture.

Protected Natural Area – Pómac Forest Historical Sanctuary

The dry forest is located 35 km. north of the city of Chiclayo (40 minutes by car), which in turn, is the refuge for carob trees, birds and archaeological remains of the Sicán culture. There, 20 pre-Incan structures were discovered, such as Huaca, Las Ventanas, Huaca Lucía, Huaca La Merced or Huaca Rodillona, among others. The archaeological findings astonished by the quantity of gold objects found.

The Sicán Archaeological Project located a burial ground, with a valuable funerary content composed of crowns, circlet rings, masks, bracelets, necklaces, weapons, protectors and other gold objects, along with turquoise beads, spondylus seashells, lapis-lazuli and amber. In itself, the forest presents a varied flora of zapotes, guarangos and carob trees.

The Batán Grande Archaeological Complex

It is located 26 km. from Chiclayo and covers 13,500 hectares. At the end of 1936 and beginning of 1937, a series of gold objects was found in the Huaca La Ventana (The Window), and among them, the gold Tumi (Ceremonial knife) and the winged-eyed mask. The Lord of Sicán’s tomb was discovered, in 1991.

The City of Lambayeque

It is located 12 km. north-east of the city of Chiclayo (10 minutes by bus). It conserves beautiful vice-regal mansions, such as the Casa Cúneo and Casa Descalzi. But, the best known is the Casa de la Logia Masónica (The Masonic Loge’s House) which owes its fame to its old carved balcony of more than 400 years of age and 64 meters in length, as it is considered to be Peru’s longest balcony. That house is located at the intersection of the Dos de Mayo and San Martín Streets.

San Pedro’s Church, in Lambayeque

It is located 12 km. north-east of the city of Chiclayo (10 minutes by bus), on the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of the city of Lambayeque. Its construction dates from the mid 17th century, and the church is characterized by its twin towers, three naves and semicircular archways. In the lateral naves, one can appreciate gold covered wood rococo altars dating from the 18th century, among which the best known is that of Our Lady of Mercy (Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes). Behind some of the altars, walls were found, decorated with mural paintings, dating back to the 17th century.

Sipán’s Royal Tombs National Museum

It is located in the city of Chiclayo, and has a modern architecture which shelters the gold, silver and copper object collection proceeding from the Lord of Sipán’s tomb. The museum is directed by Archaeologist Walter Alva, the project’s manager and director who also was the discoverer of the above-mentioned burial, in the archaeological area of Huaca Rajada, in the locality of Sipán. Among the objects found, ear pendants stand out, along with ceremonial scepters, medallions, a heavy circular massive gold ingot, nose rings, gold necklaces, in the shape of peanuts, as well as a gold headdress, eyes, helmet and chin piece.

The Bruning National Archaeological Museum

It is located in the city of Chiclayo, and presents the collection of archaeological findings gathered by the German ethnographer Enrique Bruning. In its four floors, are exposed elements of pottery, textile, stone, wood work, and so on, displaying the vigorous artistic and technological character of the Moche, Vicus, Chavín and Incan regional cultures, along the past 5,000 years.

That museum’s “Gold Hall” is an exposition of incalculable historical value, of pre-Colombian America.

The Archaeological Complex of Huaca Chotuna

It is located 12 km. west of the city of Chiclayo (15 minutes by car). It is a set of truncated pyramids and enclosures, which extends over an area of 20 hectares. This place is identified with Naylamp’s legend and the foundation of the Lambayeque culture. According to that legend, Naylamp himself ordered the construction of one of the temples in the complex, known as Chot, where he placed a green colored stone idol, known as Ñam Pallec. Up to present days, the local people fear and respect the Huaca (Sacred place), as they believe that, Naylamp and his descendants are still there, in the depths of the earth.

Túcume’s Archaeological Complex

33 km. north of the city of Chiclayo and about 1 km. east of the village of Túcume (30 minutes by car), is located the Archaeological Complex of Túcume, the antiquity of which dates back to 700 a.D. According to the legend, it was founded by Calac, descendant of Naylamp. Túcume or the Pyramids? Valley, as it is also called, is composed of 26 pyramids, among which stand out The Huaca del Pueblo, La Raya, El Sol and Las Estacas. In addition to its impressive archaeological richness, you will have a chance to enjoy, on the spot, the delicious Northern food, healing experiences, traditional medicine and cultural exchanges.

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