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Spanish missionaries founded a small rural community on this site in the 16th century. Either by chance or through help from above, Chiclayo has prospered ever since. In one of the first sharp moves in Peruvian real estate, the missionaries chose a spot that sits at the hub of vital trade routes connecting the coast, the highlands and the deep jungle. Chiclayo’s role as the commercial heart of the district has allowed it to overtake other once-vital organs of the region, such as the nearby city of Lambayeque, and this bustling metropolis shows few signs of slowing down.
Although it’s Peru’s fourth-largest city, with a population of just under a half-million, Chiclayo would be just another busy commercial town, generating little notice among travelers, were it not for the city’s strong associations with Peru’s ancient cultures. The primary draw is Chiclayo’s proximity to the archaeological sites Sipán and Túcume, two of the most important related to the Moche and Lambayeque cultures, and the spectacular Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, which houses one of the country’s most remarkable finds of the past several decades: the tomb of the Lord of Sipán.
Chiclayo is a modern and relatively new city. Although it was founded in the mid-16th century, most of its real development dates to the late 1800s and early 1900s. (The Parque Principal, or main square, didn’t come into existence until 1916).

Country Peru
Visa requirementsYes
Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedPEN
Area (km2)14 213,30 km²

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Nightlife info

Today Chiclayo is a sprawling, bustling place; the city itself holds little interest for most visitors. Frankly, most people come here to get out of town. The capital of the Lambayeque department, Chiclayo calls itself "La Ciudad de la Amistad" - the City of Friendship. There's no real reason for such a distinction as far as I can see, but why not? It's not Peru's prettiest, biggest, or most fascinating city, but it is an agreeable, down-to-earth place. But you should still not walk alone late at night on deserted streets. or you should not go out at nights. Travelers should exercise extreme caution on public city transportation, where pickpockets are rife, and on long-distance buses and trains (especially at night), where thieves employ any number of strategies to relieve passengers of their bags. You need to be supremely vigilant, even to the extreme of locking backpacks and suitcases to luggage racks. Nightlife image

Culture and history info

La Ciudad de la Amistad (the City of Friendship) holds a friendly, outstretched hand to the wayward venturer. While it’s shaking hands hello, it will probably slip in a bold mix of unique regional dishes to tickle your taste buds. Known for its brujos (witch doctors), the fascinating market here is a Wal-Mart of shamanistic herbs, elixirs and other sagely curiosities. While the town itself is pretty light on tourist attractions, the dozens of tombs with Moche and Chimú archaeological booty surrounding the area should not be missed. A strong alternative for ruins-goers is staying in the nearby beachtown of Pimentel. The poshest of the beach towns here, Pimentel has a long pier, a broad malecón fronted by high-end glassed-in houses, and the nicest beach for miles. Unfortunately, the waves here are rarely surfable, but an afternoon stroll along the boardwalk and through some of the stick-frame Republican-era houses is a fun retreat. Marinera is a typical dance in the north of the country, especially in Chiclayo, is a mixed couple dance, the best known of the coast of Peru. It is characterized by the use of tissues. It's a dance that shows the Hispanic Amerindian-African fusion, among others. Its origin is attributed to a colonial dance called zamacueca, which was very popular in the nineteenth century. Anyway, there are various theories or streams on their origin and evolution.Culture and history image
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Chiclayo And Its Lure 4D

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