Lambayeque

(18 meters) above sea level

 

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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

(minimum
recommended
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

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  • 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?

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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?

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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
Monsefú Handicraft Market

Monsefú Handicraft Market

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 14 km south of Chiclayo (15 minutes by bus). Monsefú is an area known for its cotton, thread and straw weaving (hats, baskets, bags and saddlebags). The area is also famous for its embroidery, which...

Elías Aguirre Plazuela

Elías Aguirre Plazuela

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Elías Aguirre and San José streets (block 3). Built in 1924 in honour of Commander Elías Aguirre, a Chicalayan hero of the Battle of Angamos in the War of the Pacific (1879). The plaza was...

La Verónica Chapel

La Verónica Chapel

Visiting Hours: During mass. Location: Torres Paz street No 294. The origins of the temple date back to shelters or small chapels that offered mass in honour of the dead and celebrated the feasts of the saints of the...

Chiclayo City Hall

Chiclayo City Hall

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: San José street No 823. A Republic-era building with large windows and wrought iron doors. Built in 1919, it is calculated that construction cost approximately 30,000 pounds of gold. A: Lambayeque B: Chiclayo City Hall

Chiclayo City Cathedral

Chiclayo City Cathedral

Visiting Hours: During mass. Location: City centre. Built in 1869 in the neoclassical style. The entrance has two doors supported by Doric columns in front of the entrance’s three arches. The carved wood image of the Cristo Pobre (Christ...

Lambayeque Attractions Beyond the City
Huaca El Dragón (Dragon Temple) or Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple) (Trujillo)

Huaca El Dragón (Dragon Temple) or Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple) (Trujillo)

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. Location: 4 km from Trujillo (10 minutes by car). An adobe pyramid, which is of great importance because its construction is believed to have occurred at the start of...

Santa Lucía de Ferreñafe Church (Ferreñafe)

Santa Lucía de Ferreñafe Church (Ferreñafe)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 18 km north of Chiclayo (25 minutes by car), opposite the Plaza de Armas. Built in 1552, with valuable wood carvings and marble altars in the baroque style. Architecturally, the building is characterised by columns...

Ferreñafe City (Ferreñafe)

Ferreñafe City (Ferreñafe)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 18 km north-east of Chiclayo (30 minutes). Populated by farmers who grow rice. The old Santa Lucía church (baroque style) is a highlight. Known as the “Land of the Double Faith”, owing to the presence...

Chaparrí Ecological Reserve (Chiclayo)

Chaparrí Ecological Reserve (Chiclayo)

Visiting Hours: Prior arrangement by telephone. Location: 95 km south-east of Chiclayo (1 hour 30 minutes by car). Property of the Muchik Santa Catalina de Chongoyape rural community. The first private conservation area in Peru. Its goal is to...

Pimentel Beach Resort (Chiclayo)

Pimentel Beach Resort (Chiclayo)

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: 11 km west of Chiclayo (20 minutes). A modern beach resort, perfect for surfing, motorboating and windsurfing. Visitors can also see fishermen in “caballitos de totora” (reed horses), traditional rafts like those used by their...

Huaca Rajada, Lord of Sipán Archaeological Complex (Chiclayo)

Huaca Rajada, Lord of Sipán Archaeological Complex (Chiclayo)

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Location: 35 km south-east of Chiclayo (45 minutes). Located on the edge of the former Pomalca estate. In 1987, a tomb was discovered containing the intact remains of a...

Lambayeque Festivals
King Kong Fair and Festival Dulce – Lambayeque

King Kong Fair and Festival Dulce – Lambayeque

Lambayeque Begins: 23 – JulyEnds: 29 – July King Kong is a typical sweet of Gastronomy of Peru, originally from the north, specifically the region of Lambayeque. It consists of biscuits made of flour, butter, egg yolks and milk, which...

Anniversary Lambayeque

Anniversary Lambayeque

Lambayeque Begins: 28 – JulyEnds: 29 – July Lambayeque is a village with a history of independence and that we should feel very proud of our identity as a people where freedom of Peru was conceived, we must continue to thrill every day,...

Mr. Nazareno Captive in Lambayeque

Mr. Nazareno Captive in Lambayeque

date of execution: March 14 This festival is celebrated in honor of Jesus Nazareno Captive in the department of Lambayeque, it attracts devotees every year, presenting them more homage, offerings, vows and promises , either in their own communities, in...

Divine Child of the Miracle (Divino niño del Milagro)

Divine Child of the Miracle (Divino niño del Milagro)

Lambayeque Begins: 12-July Ends: 28-July Location: Puerto Eten, 18 kilometers from Chiclayo.  The appearance of the Niño del Milagro (the miracle child) is commemorated with communion at the mass during this holiday. The activities during this festival include a traditional procession,...

Santísima Cruz de Chalpón (Lambayeque)

Santísima Cruz de Chalpón (Lambayeque)

Lambayeque Begins: 01-August Ends: 14-August This devotion started in the 17th century when a wooden cross, erected by an Anchorite, brought about the miracle of saving the town from an imminent flood. Since then, this miraculous place has become a pilgrimage...

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