Founded in 1560 by Spanish priests, Chiclayo has one of northern Peru’s largest daily markets. From here one can explore the pyramid complex that contains the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, and the vast ruined city of Túcume, believed to have been built over a thousand years ago.
Coastal Trujillo has superb colonial architecture and fascinating pre-Columbian ruins. Near Trujillo is Chan Chan, built by the ancient Chimu culture and the world’s largest adobe city. Also nearby are the step pyramids that comprise the Temples (huacas) of the Sun and Moon.
Our preferred accommodation
City hotel - ChiclayoIn the heart of Chiclayo, a comfortable concrete 4 star hotel with pool.
Lodge/Hosteria - ChaparriA remote, rustic lodge, 1 1/2 hours from Chiclayo, in the foothills of the Andes surrounded by woodland/scrub perfect for bird and animal watching.
City hotel - ChiclayoA good comfortable hotel close to the main plaza in Chiclayo. There is a small pool, roof terrace, bar and restaurant.
City hotel - TrujilloOn one corner of Trujiilo's main square (plaza). The main building has a pretty colonial façade, while guest rooms are a more recent construction. It is very central and ideally placed to explore the city centre: the cathedral is a short walk from the hotel and the famous adobe city of Chan Chan is only 10 minutes' drive away.