Chiclayo (pop. 280,000), located in an oasis in the northern Peruvian desert, is a commercial center an hour by air from Lima. The city is famous for fabulous handcrafts, and the nearby Tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the richest Inca burial ever excavated. Nearby Lambayeque Museum was built to house many of Sipan’s astonishing treasures. Also popular nearby is Tucume, a vast complex of 27 prehistoric adobe pyramids. Chiclayo is often visited in conjunction with coastal Trujillo.
Best time to go
Chiclayo has warm, sunny weather year ‘round with temperatures ranging from 65°F to 80°F. Best time to visit is from May-December since summer (January-April) often brings higher temperatures reaching the mid 90’s.
What to do
• Archaeological tours: Including the world famous Lord of Sipan Tomb.
• Tucume Pyramids: Fascinating pyramid complex excavated by Thor Heyerdahl.
• Lambayeque Museum features treasures from Sipan.