Chiclayo was our base for our visits to Tucume Pyramids, Lambayeque, the Tumbes of Sipan, the Ferrenafe Musuem and the Bruning Museum, so we thought we’d share with you a little about this city too. (Wow, we were busy here!) Besides eating the most wonderful ceviche ever and dancing mingling with amazing families of Chiclayo, we loved this buzzing metropolis for all it’s charm and welcoming locals.
Chiclayo in Peru was initially founded in the 16th century by a Spanish priest as a village and until the 19th century continued as a small town. It is only in the later part of the 20th century that Chiclayo has grown to a large metropolis.
It is one of the most interesting northern coastal cities of Peru which combines a very scenic country side and a pristine coastline. However the major tourist attraction is its old vibrant ethnic Mochica culture and the abundance of ruins and archaeologically rich edifices and structures spread over Chiclayo.
The architecture reflects the history of the colonial past and the cuisine merges between the continental and the ethnic bringing out rich aromas and flavors merged over continents.
One huge archaeological site of significance is the Tucume, popularly known as the Valley of the Pyramids. There are 26 of them to visit and explore. Abundant with incredible archaeological ruins and sites set over picturesque landscapes is an experience in itself. Also popular in this area is the older but effective folk healing remedies which have been passed on from one generation to another.
The Lord of Sipan is a recent archaeological wonder discovered in the recent times just 35 Kms to the east of Chiclayo. The identity of the monarch is shrouded in mystery except that he was a spanish monarch around the 16th century. It is now popularly known as the golden wonder and definitely worth a visit.
The entire community takes an active interest in the preservation of the culture and natural heritage enabling traditions of centuries and generations to survive.
A warm and temperate sub tropical climate throughout the year except the mountainous regions the coast is also a popular surfers haunt attracting surfers from all over the world.
Chiclayo is connected by flight (hourly flights from Lima) and extensive bus routes connect Chiclayo via the North Panamerican Highway.