(18 meters) above sea level


Map of Lambayeque


Kingdom of Powerful Lords

Here, in the desert and the sweltering valleys, lie important archaeological remains, such as pyramids and administrative centers. This is the land of the kings that ruled the north of Peru centuries ago, one of whom has returned from the past: the Lord of Sipán. There are also other significant archaeological sites to explore, such as Sicán, Túcume and Chotuna, as well as state-of-the-art museums with priceless collections.

Lambayeque also has beaches, like the balneario de Pimentel, nature, in the form of the Pómac forest and the Chaparrí reserve, and an excellent gastronomic tradition that is embedded in the DNA of its people.

  • Location: On the north coast of Peru. Although most of the region is located in the desert, it does have other ecosystems, like the dry forest and the coastal “yungas” (tropical valleys).
  • Size: 14,213 km2 (5,488 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

2 Days

length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: Sightseeing in the city: the Cathedral, Saint Mary Convent, Veronica Chapel and the market.
  • 1/2 day: Pimentel beach resort and Monsefú.
  • 1 day: City of Lambayeque: Brünning Museum, Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum and Túcume.
  • 1 day: Sipán archeological site (Huaca Rajada) and Zaña.
  • 1 – 2 Days: Chaparrí Community Ecological Reserve.

Recommended for Lambayeque


  • People interested in archeology, who will find superb examples of such in Túcume, Batán Grande and Sipán. The area also boasts 3 of Peru’s main and most state-of-the-art museums: Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, Sicán National Museum and Brünning Museum.
  • Handicraft collectors, who will find that the knitters and straw weavers in the towns of Monsefú and Etén have reached a remarkable refinement, justifying their fame.
  • Devotees of mysticism, who will find what they are looking for in the sessions performed by shamans in Salas and Túcume.
  • Bird watchers and nature lovers, who can enter the Chaparrí or the Laquipampa forests, the latter having been declared a wildlife refuge in 2006.

What to buy?


Varied and abundant are the handicrafts found in the department of Lambayeque. There, artisans work in palm fronds, straw and a vast range of other natural fibers. There are also delicately worked textiles, whether it’s embroidery, straw weaving or knitting (cotton or yarn and some works are even done in gold and silver threads). Other important crafts are pottery making – both utilitarian and artistic – goldsmithing and leather embossing. The Traditional Crafts Fair in Monsefú is well known across the region.

What to eat?


Chiclayo and the entire department of Lambayeque are famous for their exquisite cuisine, and the chefs are guardians of secret family recipes that will impress the most demanding palate. Traditional dishes are rice with duck, a cilantro based dish, baby goat, cebiche, causa (type of potato cake), espesado (a hearty soup), and each of them go perfectly well with a glass of chicha de jora, a type of corn beer, whose origins can be traced back to pre-Hispanic times. And if it is desserts that you crave, then you must not stop yourself from trying a King Kong, some alfajores (butter cookies filled with milk jam) and machacado de membrillo (quince fruit nougat bar). You can find excellent restaurants in Chiclayo and the city of Lambayeque.

Typical dishes Lambayeque.

  • Chirimpico: stew made from the innards of the baby goat, covered with onions, garlic, hot peppers, cilantro and squash, mixed with grains of tender corn.
  • King Kong: alfajor (cookie) filled with manjarblanco (sweetened condensed milk cooked down), candied pineapple, and peanuts.
  • Chinguirito: One of the most representative dishes of food lambayecana is without you doubt the chinguirito, taste and excellence of this northern dish, make it one of the best letters that so delicious cuisine. Now we will offer so celebrated dish recipe.
  • The lambayecana cause: It is based on a cooked potato dough, usually surrounded with fresh ingredients like lettuce, olives, tomato slices, resemble as closely as possible to a salad served as input, piqueo or side dish. The cause is lambayecana with lean pork rinds and boiled eggs. Or with square portions of fried mackerel, placed between the pope and a diadem of good old onion sauce.
Lambayeque Attractions in the City
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Lambayeque Attractions Beyond the City
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Lambayeque Festivals
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