Lambayeque – Tourism’s center of the North

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at the entrance of the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan.

Lambayeque is located almost 10min from Chiclayo. We didn’t visit the city itself, just crossed it very quickly. Lambayeque is a nice city, but definitely the greatest spots of this area aren’t in the city itself.

 

First we went to the “Complejo Arqueologico de Tucume” (Archeological Complex of Tucume), which is one of the country’s most important pre-inca centers because of its dimension and quality of its structures. Here we could see dozens of mud-brick pyramids formed around a sacred mountain “La Raya”.  These pyramids don’t have an end and they were built in stages. I mean, every governor built a floor of the pyramids. So they became higher, which each new governor.

at the entrance of Tucume's Complex
Until today they keep on finding new rests in the complex. You can see the archeologists working hard daily.

 

The main attraction of Lambayeque is the “Señor de Sipan” (Sipan’s Lord). I don’t know if you have heard about him. But it was a huge discovery some years ago. In 1987, a team of archaeologists led by Walter Alva found the skeleton of the Lord of Sipán 29 km from the city of Chiclayo in the department of Lambayeque, on Peru's north coast. It was hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds of the century. The structure found in Sipán is made up of three pyramids, one of which contained the warrior-priest accompanied by the bodies of his followers.

 

But more than just the spectacular nature of the discovery and the sterling quality of the relics, the Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipán have enabled historians and archaeologists to piece together much of the lost history of an impressive civilization which dominated most of northern Peru for centuries: the Moche.

Lord of Sipan

 

The archeologists found a very well preserved tomb from the 4th Century BC. This Lord was one of the greates warlords for the Moche. So, he was buried with all the honors. He was buried with his head pointing south, his nose and ears covered with gold relics and his feet clad in silver. To accompany him, his subjects sacrificed women, children and llamas, while the finest warriors of the era accompanied their overlord on his voyage to the Afterlife. Even his dog was joining him. Also they found weapons, jewelry and food, everything to be used by the Lord in the next life.

 

After being away from Peru and exhibited in the States, Europe & Asia; the treasures of the Lord of Sipán are now on display at the Museum "Tumbas Reales de Sipán". There we could see everything the archeologist found in the tomb.

 

I would have loved going to the Tomb… well, something to do eventually ;)

Back at the hotel, we just picked up our stuff and went to the bus station in order to go to our next destination: Trujillo.

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at the entrance of the Museo Tumba…
at the entrance of the Museo Tumb…
at the entrance of Tucumes Complex
at the entrance of Tucume's Complex
Lord of Sipan
Lord of Sipan
Museum: Tumbas Reales
Museum: Tumbas Reales
Huaca Larga, first pyramid part of…
Huaca Larga, first pyramid part o…
At the top of one of the pyramids …
At the top of one of the pyramids…
a view of Tucumes complex
a view of Tucume's complex
still working on the Tucumes comp…
still working on the Tucume's com…
protecting the pyramid
protecting the pyramid
Sipans jewelry
Sipan's jewelry
the former inhabitants of the area
the former inhabitants of the area
the former inhabitants of the area
the former inhabitants of the area
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