7 unmissable tourist places in Chiclayo that you should know

7 unmissable tourist places in Chiclayo that you should know

28 October 2022

Chiclayo is the capital of the Lambayeque region, known for being a city full of archaeological sites left by the ancient Moche culture that inhabited its lands, also popular for its beautiful beaches such as Pimentel, Puerto Eten or Monsefú Beaches. However, Chiclayo has more to offer us.


This city, the fourth most populous in the country, has beautiful landscapes, an amazing archaeological history and various economic activities (agribusiness, tourism, construction, commerce) that make it an ideal place to start and live.


“Santa María de los Valles de Chiclayo”, as it was called when it was founded in 1835, has three official districts, however, it has been growing and Pomalca, Pimentel and Reque can now be counted among its most inhabited areas.


History of the 'Heroic City'

Chiclayo is a city rich in history. It is said that it was inhabited by a pre-Hispanic civilization, the Mochica culture, and then, in the fifteenth century, it was administered by the Lambayeque or Sicán culture. This civilization was born from the last vestiges of the Moche, possibly destroyed by a climatological phenomenon. Likewise, it took influences from the Wari culture, incipient at the time, and from the Chimú culture. The Lambayecans stood out for their architecture, goldsmithing and navigation.


During colonial times, its small indigenous population donated land to build the first Franciscan church and convent, with a view to evangelization. This is how the Main Church and the Franciscan Convent are built, emblematic buildings that were destroyed in 1960.


Later, during the republican era, the people of Chiclayo took up arms and supported the patriots who joined José de San Martín. Later, when Peru was already an independent nation, the town was called a villa and, finally, in 1835, it was considered a city.


The title 'Heroic City' is conferred by President Felipe Santiago Salaverry in recognition of its citizens for their participation in the independence struggles.


Currently, this city has become one of the most important in northern Peru. Its colonial constructions are balanced with its modern city dyes, where there are hospitals, banks, supermarkets and a large commercial area.


What are the districts of Chiclayo?

Officially, the city of Chiclayo is divided into 3 districts: Chiclayo, José Leonardo Ortiz and La Victoria.


The La Victoria District has young populations such as El Bosque, 1º de Junio, Antonio Raymondi (Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre), Enlargement Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre and Carmetal. These are located on the outskirts of the city, so they are rich in flora and have some crops.


In the metropolitan area of ​​Chiclayo, the urbanizations stand out: Los Parques, Felipe Salaverry, El Porvenir, San Nicolás.


The climate of Chiclayo

Although it is located in a tropical zone, so its climate should be completely hot and humid, it is rather dry and without rain due to strong winds that come from the Pacific Ocean. The temperature varies between 15°C and 23°C, except in the summer months.


During the hottest season, the temperature rises and can reach 36°C between February and March. In addition, this is one of the regions most affected by the El Niño Phenomenon, so every 7, 10 and 15 years there are very high temperatures and regular rains, increasing the flow of the rivers.


On the other hand, during the rains, it is best to walk with boots. Many streets tend to collapse due to the amount of rainfall. It should be noted that this is from time to time and is not an annual variation.


What to do in Chiclayo?

The so-called 'Capital of Friendship', due to the sympathy of its people, has different tourist attractions, delicious food and beautiful views that dazzle anyone. At Properati, you can find hundreds of apartments and houses available for purchase or rent.

  • Visit its historic center: Chiclayo is characterized by its emblematic Cathedral, whose design corresponds to the Frenchman Gustave Eiffel, the same designer of the famous Parisian tower. This building, located in front of the city's Plaza de Armas, is surrounded by another of equal architectural importance: the Municipal Palace of Chiclayo (from 1919), which currently functions as a museum.
  • Enjoy its museums: a city with so much history cannot fail to have important museums that exemplify the different civilizations that inhabited it. Among them stands out the Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipán Museum, with its incredible collection of more than 600 pieces from the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, a famous Mochica ruler. Likewise, there is also the National Museum of Sicán, just 20 kilometers from the center of Chiclayo, where you can see grave goods, samples of ceramics, metallurgy and goldsmithing related to the Sicán culture.
  • Get to know its archaeological complexes: Lambayeque is one of the areas that has best preserved its vestiges of pre-Hispanic civilizations. For this reason, near Chiclayo there are various archaeological complexes such as the Huaca Rajada, one of the most notable, where the tomb of the Lord of Sipán was found. On the other hand, the Chotuna-Chornancap complex, 8 kilometers from the city, stands out because there you can see the remains of truncated pyramids, huacas and various murals that represent the Moche and Lambayeque cultures. Also noteworthy are sites such as the Zaña Ruins, a ghost town that was destroyed in the colony by pirates; the petroglyphs of Cerro Mulato or the Águila de Oyotún geoglyph.
  • Fall in love with its resorts: the Peruvian coasts are undoubtedly beautiful. Only in Chiclayo can you find places like the Pimentel Spa, ideal for water sports; the beaches of Puerto Eten, with calm waters; Santa Rosa cove, San José cove, Las Rocas or Media Luna beach, among many others. In places like Pimentel or Puerto Eten you will find a delicious boardwalk to walk, eat or buy handicrafts. It should be noted that the photos of sunsets from these sites are wonderful.
  • Stroll through its parks: Chiclayo has various green areas that have been recovered thanks to a cleaning process that aims to transform it into an ecological city. For example, around the Paseo de las Musas or in the Parque Principal, in the Plaza de Armas, you can surround yourself with beautiful trees and enjoy nature in Chiclayo.
  • Get to know its shopping areas: this city is growing gradually. Before its center, full of bazaars, restaurants and shops, was the main commercial hub for its inhabitants. However, with the arrival of shopping centers such as the Real Plaza and soon the Mall Aventura Plaza, the city is filled with innovative stores, offering new shopping areas.
  • Take a gastronomic tour: The food in Chiclayo is no exception: from its rice with duck, its northern kid, through its corn pancakes or its ceviche 3 ways (made with 3 different meats, usually fish) are dishes that shake the palate. Among Lambayecan food, the ferreñafana cause, pepián de pavita, cachangas de queso, panquita de life, among many other delicacies, also stand out. Eating in Chiclayo is a culinary adventure!

7 tourist places in Chiclayo

Chiclayo is one of the most spectacular destinations in northern Peru. Read below to know our recommendation of the best tourist places in Chiclayo that yes or yes you should know.


  1. Historic Center

A visit to the tourist places of Chiclayo would be incomplete without knowing its historical center. With buildings dating back to 1870, such as the Chiclayo Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, and other more modern constructions such as the Paseo de las Musas, a tour of the city of Chiclayo is necessary.


  1. Huaca Rajada

Also known as Sipán, Huaca Rajada is an archaeological complex that dates back to the year 250. It is famous thanks to the recently discovered tomb of the Lord of Sipán, and the Huaca Rajada is an incredible example of the complex funerary system of the Moche culture and the wealth of their religious beliefs in the afterlife.


How to get to Huaca Rajada: It is located 35 km east of Chiclayo. You can take a combi at the Epsel terminal in Chiclayo to arrive in approximately 45 minutes to the land of Sipán and Huaca Rajada.


  1. Tucume Pyramids

The Túcume Archaeological Complex, also known as the Valley of the Pyramids, is famous for being an example where three pre-Hispanic cultures converge: the Sicán, the Chimú and the Inca. It has 26 adobe pyramids, where luxurious palaces full of decorations and artifacts representing myths, rituals and gods were found.


How to get to the Pyramids of Túcume: both from Lambayeque and from Chiclayo and Ferreñafe you will find buses that will take you to what is known as the Valley of the Pyramids for a very affordable price.


  1. Puerto Eten

For many one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Peru, Puerto Eten is one of the tourist places in Chiclayo that yes or yes you should know. Specifically, we recommend you visit Medialuna Beach (in the photo) where you can observe the Pacific Ocean on gigantic cliffs in one of the most spectacular views in all of Peru.


How to get to Puerto Eten: It is located just 25km south of the city of Chiclayo, so you can take a taxi or van from the city center and get there in approximately 25 minutes.


  1. Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge

It is about more than 8 thousand hectares of pure nature. The Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of specimens of flora and fauna endemic to the province of Ferreñafe, including the spectacular spectacled bear. In addition, Laquipampa is home to one of the wildest species in all of Peru: the jaguarundi puma.


How to get to the Laquipampa Wildlife Refuge: It is located 80 km northeast of the city of Chiclayo, so you can get to this place by public transport in about three hours.


  1. Pomac Forest

The Pómac Forest is a Historical Sanctuary, and the formation of carob trees in this place is the densest on the planet. This natural area is very close to the Tucume Pyramids, so in addition to housing numerous species of flora and fauna, a large number of gold objects from the Mochica culture were also found.


How to get to the Pómac Forest: From Chiclayo you can take a bus or taxi that will take you to Túcume and the Pómac Forest for fairly cheap prices. At Denomades we offer the Ruta Sicán tour, which also visits the Pyramids of Túcume and includes shared transportation and an expert guide.


  1. Pimentel Pier

With almost 700 meters long, the Pimentel Pier is recognized as the longest in Peru. Its construction was carried out in 1911 to facilitate the transport and trade of various products in the area and today you can walk it in its entire length.


How to get to the Pimentel Pier: It is located approximately 11 kilometers away from the center of the city of Chiclayo, so it is very easy to get there by public transport.


Architecture in Chiclayo

The center of Chiclayo maintains its colonial structure and in many areas of the city, such as the surroundings of the boardwalk in Pimentel, you can see republican-style mansions. However, the city has been filled with housing complexes, located in privileged areas that allow the modern city to be balanced with Chiclayo's historical past.


Likewise, the city has the sophisticated Capitan Remigio Elías Aguirre Romero stadium, an industrial area and a renowned shopping center. On the other hand, various real estate projects are under construction, as well as a new shopping center.


Transportation in Chiclayo

This friendly and heroic city has various means of transportation. To move within it there are from the combis or buses to the recognized taxis and motorcycle taxis. In addition, in Chiclayo there is the Captain FAP José A. Quiñones International Airport, with domestic flights to Trujillo, Chachapoyas, Lima and Tarapoto; as well as international flights to Panama City.


We can also find two land terminals whose buses go to Lima and other areas of the country such as Jaén, Chachapoyas or Bagua Grande.


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Once you decide to visit Palccoyo Mountain, you could add the best destinations to combine the history and experience for your trip to Peru. Peru offers the most beautiful destinations, culture and naturals. we recommend to extend your holidays and choose these best destinations and prepare your itinerary:

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