Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan Tours

To archaeologists, the Lord of Sipan was a Moche noble now known as the “King Tut of Peru.” To centuries of Peruvian grave robbers (huaqueros), he was one grave they wished they’d found. To visitors traveling to the town of Chiclayo, he is the reason why you can walk through a room that is dripping in jewels and gold.  Of all the museums you can visit in Chiclayo, the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan is one that you absolutely must see.

Buried in a tomb beneath the desert sands to the south of modern day Chiclayo, the Lord of Sipan lay undisturbed for over 1,700 years. In 1987, however, a team of archaeologists unearthed a tomb at the remote Huaca Rajada, and what they found inside is considered to be one of the greatest finds of the last 50 years. Lying inside a wooded sarcophagus were the remains of a king, a warrior, three concubines, two dogs, a llama, a priest and a guard with no feet. Also, there were jewels—lots of gold and jewels.

Today the tomb site and many of its findings are on display at the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan, a building with a strikingly modern appearance that is modeled after the Moche pyramids. Gaze at headdresses and armored plates made entirely from silver and gold while inwardly contemplating how such valuable pieces remained buried and hidden for so long.

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The Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan is a 10-minute drive from the center of Chiclayo in the town of Lambayeque. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. There is an admission fee of 15 Nuevo Soles ($4), and no photography is allowed. 
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Address: Av. Juan Pablo Vizcardo y Guzman s/n, Lambayeque, Peru
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Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
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Admission: 15 Nuevo Soles ($4)
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Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum Tour

Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Royal Tombs Museum, home to ancient treasures, mummies like the Lord of Sipán and more. Set out from Chiclayo to Lambayeque to explore this wonderful collection of artifacts belonging to northern Peru's Moche people. See rarities not excavated until 1987 and learn more about this intriguing civilization that thrived in the region from the 1st until the 8th centuries. The museum offers both private and group tours.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chiclayo Private Archeological Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tombs

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Northern Peru Archeological Tour from Chiclayo to 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.
  • Duration: 3 days
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