Tierra del sacrosanto loche and the forceful Arroz con Pato, from tondero and zamacueca, from homemade coves where panzonas bolicheras wait patiently for their turn to take to the sea. Fertile land surrounded by harsh and captivating deserts and carob forests where several of the most remarkable pre-Hispanic cultures of America settled two centuries ago, Chiclayo is an inescapable destination of our narrow coastal strip, where the informed traveler may run into more than one surprise.
Located between the valleys of Zaña and Lambayeque, Chiclayo is known as the ‘Capital of Friendship’. It constitutes an important commercial and agricultural focus of the north coast, with much of its land dedicated to agro-industrial crops such as asparagus, cotton, grapes, sugar cane and paprika, in addition to its traditional rice fields. Here, in addition to a tasty and spicy gastronomy, there are two of the main museums of Peru: Royal Tombs of Sipán and the Sicán Museum, in Ferreñafe.
Between the 1st and 7th centuries AD the region was dominated by the Mochica, whose center was in the valley of Moche, in Trujillo; the remains of the Lord of Sipán, found by the archaeologist Walter Alva in 1987, in Huaca Rajada, are the most complete discovery of a Mochica ruler and have allowed deciphering much of the cosmovision of this town. Today, the remains of this great regulus are exhibited in the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan, one of the best in America.