Sicán National Museum Tours

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After the fall of the Moche Empire around 700 AD, the inhabitants of the Lambayeque region formed a culture now known as Sicán. Exceptionally skilled in metallurgy as well as a unique form of ceramics, the Sicán metal workers are credited with bringing the Bronze Age to northern Peru. Though massive drought would eventually bring the Sicán civilization to its knees, the ceramics, metal work, and tombs they left behind are intriguingly displayed at the Sicán National Museum in the town of Ferreñafe. 

When visiting the museum, not only will you find exquisite art pieces forged by Sicán craftsmen, but you will also find artifacts that point to the existence of trade with faraway neighbors. Blue stones, for example, exhibit trade with neighboring civilizations from as far away as Chile, and snails and shells found in Sicán tombs have been traced to the beaches of Ecuador.

Also of note when visiting the museum is the re-creation of a tomb where a man was found buried in the fetal position with his head facing down towards the floor. The position, it’s believed, was meant to mimic the process of being “birthed” into the afterlife, and is one of the many cultural curiosities on display in this modern museum. 

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The Sicán National Museum is located 12 miles outside of Chiclayo in the town of Ferreñafe. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and there is an entrance fee of 10 Nuevo Soles ($3.25) for adults and 1.5 Nuevo Soles for children ($.50).
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Address: Av. Batán Grande Block 9, s/n. Carretera a Pítipo, Ferreñafe, Peru
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Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
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Admission: 10 Nuevo Soles ($3.25) for adults and 1.5 Nuevo Soles for children ($.50)
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Batan Grande Archeological Site and Sicán National Museum Tour from Chiclayo

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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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.
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