SIGHTS AND SURROUNDINGS:
In and around our location and besides the mainstream tourist routes, there is an array of places and sights that you can visit on weekends or free time. Even if you stay in this site for a few months, you won’t run out of astonishing places to visit! Within walking distance of our location (30mins), you’ll reach a variety of attractions including:
Lambayeque Town: The Headquarters of The Moche Culture, where you can find the great Museo de Chonacab Lambayeque.
The Mochumi route: Known for its rich agricultural variety.
Illimo: Capital of our honey bees.
Pacora: Land of the chicha de jora.
Jayanca: Town of the wine and sun.
Cruz de Motupe: Just 20 min away you will find this holy site of a large cross sitting on a hill, which can be accessed by a man-made pathway. Many make pilgrimage here to pray and this cross is brought down into town for a festival in early August and carried to a local church. There is a lot of historical and cultural significance surrounding the Cruz de Motupe for the people of Lambayeque and greater Peru.
Tumbas Reales – Senor de Sipan: Best Museum in Latin America. In Ferrenafe town, just 40 min away. The museum in Lambayeque, just a bit more than an hour from our center, is considered the best museum in Latin America because it exhibits one of the most important gold treasure discoveries in ancient Peru and the world. You’ll view amazing artifacts of gold, silver, precious stones and other metals. You should take a guide to fully understand all the exhibits. Go in a group and you can split the cost of the guide.
Tucume: 15 min distance, The “valley of the pyramids”, discovered just a few years ago, once formed the world’s largest pyramid complex. Restauration started a few years ago and a new and extensive museum just opened it’s doors.
Bosque de Pomac: 10 min: Visit the world’s largest dry forest just north of Chiclayo. Besides Peru’s oldest tree it also hides pyramids of the Sican culture. The attentive visitor can easily spot left overs of antique ceramics or even bones along the walkways. Combine the visit with a horseback ride to get the most out of it.
Chiclayo: 40 min. Where you can find the Mercado Modelo: Famous witch doctor’s market is a huge market in the center of Chiclayo not only offers tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other kinds of food you might not have seen before as well as services like tailors and shoemakers, but it also hosts the famous witch doctor’s market. There you find shark jaws, deer legs, snakeskins, potions, scent and amulets. There are heaps of dried mountain herbs and San Pedro cacti, which shamans use to produce a hallucinogenic drink.
Huaca Rajada: Some of the world’s most extraordinary tombs, place of discovery of the “Lord of Sipan”, also known as the "King Tutankamon of the Americas". Most of the treasures found the tombs are now displayed in the museum Tumbas Reales, but still the site is definitely worth a visit.
Huaca del Sol & Huaca de la Luna: Well known pyramids of the Moche culture, hosting Peru’s best preserved murals. One used to be an administrative center, the other one a religious complex.
While you can visit the pyramids in a single day, getting back to Chiclayo by night, we recommend combining the visit with a tour through Chan Chan, staying overnight at the popular beach of Huanchaco. Take the chance to also visit beautiful colonial Trujillo.
Chan Chan: World’s largest adobe city: Chan Chan not only used to be America’s biggest city, but also was and still is the world’s largest city built of adobe - sun dried mud-bricks - with walls as high as 12 meters, being home for about 60.000 inhabitants. Since it was conquered by the Inkas, it’s extension declined to about 20 square kilometers, of which only a few parts are actively restaurated. As this impressive place is endangered by the more and more frequently occurring El Niño storms, consider visiting it soon.