When to go, what to see and do in Chiclayo, Peru

When to go, what to see and do in Chiclayo, Peru

Not many travelers arrive in Chiclayo, Peru. Northern Peru is usually neglected, and travelers instead choose to focus on the larger cities and historic centers to the south. This offers huge advantages for travelers who want to get off the beaten path, as they can explore more authentic Peru with fewer people.

1.When to visit Chiclayo?

Chiclayo is part of the coastal desert , so you have to be prepared for a dry, dusty landscape that gives a little respite from the sun. Because of the city’s location relative to the equator, the daylight hours only change by twenty minutes throughout the year.

This also means that Chiclayo has a warm climate year-round . Temperatures can be very high in the summer, so you should remember to apply plenty of sunscreen.

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1.When to visit Chiclayo?

2.What to do in Chiclayo

Main Square. The main square of Chiclayo is probably the most beautiful part of the town. There is a beautiful church with a view of the greenery. However, it is very hot and hard to find shade here. There are good restaurants in the nearby streets, especially Delicious Rolls, which is located to the right of the church. They serve ice cream in a variety of flavors and have a great view of the main square.

Model Market. The big market in town where you can buy everything from “designer” clothes to kitchen utensils. Locals make their way here on narrow paths, it is better to follow their example, otherwise you might find yourself in a huge crowd of people, getting out of which is very difficult.

Witch Market . The famous Ciclayo Witch Market is located at one end of the Mercado Modelo. Here you can buy a wide range of shamanic accessories, including herbs, skins, bones, and even animal organs. San Pedro cacti are also sold in abundance at this market, which when boiled and reduced becomes a hallucinogenic drink consumed by shamans and travelers alike.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

Jortuca Walk. This walkway is marked by statues representing the mythology of the area. A great way to learn more about Lambayeka culture, the hike will take about half an hour in total.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

Sipan – Uaka Rajada. This is the original burial place of Lord Sipan. This tomb is one of the greatest treasures ever discovered, second only to Egypt’s Tutankhamun. The history of this ceremonial site is interesting and includes human sacrifice as well as tomb theft. There is a museum on site with some authentic exhibits, but most of them are copies of the contents of the tomb.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

Sipan – The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. This museum aspires to be the true museum of Sipan. It houses most of the original treasures found in the tombs as well as the body of Lord Sipan. A must-see!

Sican Museum. This museum contains copies of the largest tombs found in South America. Tours can be arranged from one of the travel agencies in the center of Chiclayo.

Bruening Museum . It features a wide range of artifacts from many different cultures, including Chima, Moche, Vicus, and Chavin. These objects were originally part of the private collection of the German explorer Hans Heinrich Bruning, until he voluntarily donated them to the Peruvian government upon his return to his homeland.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

Tucume . This archaeological site is unknown to many visitors and is an interesting place to explore. The area is home to a large number of ancient pyramids (although to the untrained person they look more like rock formations). There is an observation deck in the vicinity that offers a spectacular view of the complex from above. Historical sites can be visited on their own, but due to the fact that this is not a tourist destination, signs are almost exclusively in Spanish.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

Pimentel Beach. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Pimentel is a great place to watch fishermen working their fishing boats. You have to watch your stuff in this area.

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2.What to do in Chiclayo

3.Safety and Practical Aspects in Chiclayo

Chiclayo is a large city by northern Peruvian standards, and of course travelers should take precautions to protect themselves as they do everywhere else. Pickpockets and thieves are common, especially in the center of town and around Pimentel Beach.It is best not to display expensive items in public places.

It is better to walk along the main streets. The infrastructure in Chiclayo is very bad and there is a big problem with garbage. It is very easy to step on glass or something else unpleasant. There are also many stray dogs, especially on the outskirts of town, and although most do not attack, if not provoked, they can be frightening.

4.Where to Stay in Chiclayo?

Since Chiclayo is not a very popular place among travelers, lodging options are limited. There are a couple of good hostels in town, but there are also budget hotels in addition to them.

Satellite Hostel. By far the best choice for budget travelers in the area, Hostal Satlite offers clean, private rooms with a delicious breakfast included. The hostess is a lovely lady who will do her best to help.

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4.Where to Stay in Chiclayo?

Villa Santa. Located just five minutes from the airport,this hostel is a good choice for travelers looking for a base to explore the city. The building has a 24-hour front desk, and the rooms are clean and functional.

Hostel Lampaetz. Another good budget option, Hostal Lllampayec offers comfortable rooms and bathrooms with hot water. Located in a quiet location, guests especially appreciate the hostel’s close proximity to Pimentel Beach. The staff is very responsive and can answer questions.

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