Chiclayo is located in a green valley along Peru's North Coast. It provides respite from the arid coast and is well known for its historical sites, agriculture, and high-quality restaurants.

Chiclayo Best Things to Do

Bosque de Pomac and Sicán Museum Half-Day Tour, Peru
Bosque de Pomac and Sicán Museum Half-Day TourChiclayo

This tour includes visits to the Sicán archeological site at Bosque de Pomac and the Sicán Museum. During the course of the day travelers will learn a great deal about Sicán culture.

Pyramids & Museums of Chiclayo, Peru
Pyramids & Museums of ChiclayoChiclayo

This tour includes visits to the ancient archeological site of Sipán, the Tumbas Reales Museum, and the pyramids of Túcume. As such, it provides travelers with an unparalleled look at both the Moche and Sicán cultures.

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Area Guide

The city was founded in 1560 as a rural Indian village that connected the colonial towns of Zana and Lambayeque with the port of Pimentel. Until the 19th century, Chiclayo remained a small town in comparison to the nearby city of Lambayeque. Over the last two hundred years, however, Chiclayo has grown into a commercial hub and northern Peru's second largest city.

At the very heart of the city lies the Plaza de Armas, Chiclayo's attractive main square, where colonial architecture mixes with modern cafes and tasty restaurants. Gustav Eiffel, the man who constructed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed the Chiclayo Cathedral in 1868. This impressive neoclassical cathedral is well worth a look.

The main market, Mercado Modelo, is considered one of the most interesting markets in Peru—on a stroll through the market, you can find everything from food to healing charms to hats and woven straw baskets. While you're in Chiclayo, also plan to sample some of Peru's finest seafood in one of the many local restaurants.

In the desert sands and surrounding valleys, ancient civilizations constructed sacred pyramids that went unnoticed until 1987, which was when the Lord of Sipán was discovered. After this discovery, Chiclayo was overloaded with archaeologists who unearthed more pyramids and tombs.