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Top Archaeological Sites in Chiclayo

Top Archaeological Sites in Chiclayo

The city of Chiclayo in northern Peru is the jumping-off point for trips to some of the greatest pre-Inca sites in the country. From treasure-filled tombs and vast ancient cities to huge adobe pyramids, here are just a few of the archaeological highlights of the region.

Huaca Rajada

The Huaca Rajada site only came to public attention in 1987 when archaeologist Walter Alva became aware of rumors of local thieves looting precious objects from the area. Excavations of the pyramids, which until then had been obscured by earthen mounds, led to the discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, a Moche leader found buried with a hoard of treasure. This discovery propelled the site to international fame. Many of the tombs have now been restored with replicas of the objects found there to show how they would have appeared before being sealed up by the Moche people some 1,500 years ago. 

Túcume

Situated about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Chiclayo, this vast archaeological site is peppered with the ruins of more than 20 sand-carved pyramids, most of which were built by the Sicán people, who succeeded the Moche culture. One of the best views of the expansive site is from the Purgatory Hill (Cerro Purgatorio) lookout. 

Batán Grande

Set northeast of Chiclayo, the pre-Inca temples of Batán Grande stand amid the National Sanctuary of the Pomac Forest (Santuario Histórico Bosque de Pómac), one of the largest dry tropical forests in the world. The site was originally inhabited by the Sicán people but was abandoned in the 12th century in favor of Túcume. 

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Full-Day Private Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tomb Museum

Full-Day Private Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tomb Museum

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Learn about two ancient Peruvian cultures and visiting related archeological sites on this day-long private tour from Chiclayo. Your guided excursion begins at Huaca Rajada, where archeologists discovered the Moche civilization's Lord of Sipán mummy in 1987. You'll also explore Túcume, an 8th century site encompassing dozens of mounds and pyramids once belonging to the Sican culture, and the Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum, home to Moche artifacts including jewelry and headdresses.
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  • 8 hours
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Batan Grande Archeological Site and Sicán National Museum Tour from Chiclayo

Batan Grande Archeological Site and Sicán National Museum Tour from Chiclayo

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Set out on a 4-hour tour from Chiclayo to explore the world of the ancient Sicán people, a Peruvian civilization that flourished from 750 to 1300 AD. Visit Batan Grande, an old sugar plantation and known archeological site where archaeologists discovered an important Sicán tomb in 1992. Take a guided stroll among the area's dozens of Sicán-built ancient pyramids. then head off to the Sicán National Museum in the town of Ferreñafe for a 1.5-hour guided tour. Here you'll see artifacts recovered from the 1992 excavation, including feathered funeral masks.
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  • 4 hours
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3 Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

3 Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

Peru may be known for its Inca heritage, but the country was also home to many fascinating pre-Incan peoples. Explore their history and cultures on a guided 3-day archeological tour from Chiclayo to Trujillo. Delve into the ancient worlds of the Sicán, Chimú, and Moche civilizations with visits to Huaca Rajada (1987 excavation site of the Lord of Sipán mummy ) the Valley of the Pryamids, the former Chimú captial of Chan Chan and much more. Choose from a variety of budget-friendly lodgings to further enchance this multi-day trip.
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