Today's tour will begin at Túcume Archaeological Complex, where you will spend time visiting the site and its fascinating museum. Enjoy the views from Cerro Purgatorio before heading towards Lambayeque to visit the Museo Tumbas Reales (Royal Tombs Museum). Pay a visit to local craft villages to see fine examples of handmade Peruvian arts and crafts, then have lunch in a local restaurant.
Next, visit Huaca Rajada Archaeological Complex, including the recently discovered tomb of the Lord of Sipán, and its museum. Return to Chiclayo and overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch
Túcume Pyramids comprise a site in southern Peru, covering an area of 540 acres that includes 26 pyramids. The site was originally built by the Lambayeque peoples in 1000 AD, taken over by the Chimu peoples in 1375, and ultimately absorbed into the Incan Empire in 1470. The pyramids themselves contain tombs, elaborately carved friezes, and various burial goods. The site is known as “Purgatory” to the local people, for its religious connotations in local shamanic rites, where the site is invoked for the gods believed to dwell there.
Museo Tumbas Reales is a three-level archaeological museum established in 2003 in the city of Lambayeque. The style of the museum was inspired by the truncated pyramid architecture of the Moche culture. Founded in 1987 by Peruvian archaeologists, it was designed to recreate and display the tomb of the of the Lord of Sipan, an ancient Moche ruler, as well as other tombs found at Huaca Rajada and the many goods found therein, including 400 pieces of jewellery, gold, garments, and ceramic works.
Huaca Rajada Archaeological Complex is an archaeological site located on the northern coast of Peru. Discovered in 1987, it was built by the pre-Inca Moche people as a monument. The site consists of two small pyramids and a platform, two of which were built by the Moche in 300 AD, except the second pyramid, which was constructed in 700 AD by another culture. Tombs have been found on the site, including the well-known Lord of Sipan, a Moche mummy, his attendants, and relatives. The name of the site means “split monument”, drawing from the large cut through the site resulting from road-building.