Weekend Excursion to Chiclayo
Chiclayo, is the lovely capital city of the Lambayeque region in northern Peru. Located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from the nation's capital, Lima it is easy to access for a weekend getaway by both bus and airplane.
There are multiple flights per day from Lima to Chiclayo and from Chiclayo to Lima. Lan Peru flies offers four flights daily between Lima and Chiclayo. The flights into Chiclayo depart Lima at 6:30 a.m. and 7:55 p.m. and take 1 hour and 25 minutes. Flights leave Chiclayo at 10:40 a.m. and 9:50 p.m., and arrive in Lima in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Each one-way ticket is roughly $125. There are buses departing Chiclayo at least once per day from the major bus terminals near the corner of Balta and Bolegnesi. Lima (12 hours) costs about $15 and leaves hourly from Transportes Linea.
Chiclayo, founded in the 1500’s was given its title in 1835 by president Felipe Santiago Salaverry. This beautiful region claims Chiclayo as one of the most important urban areas of Peru. Currently, it is the country’s fourth largest city after Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo. With a population of over 545,000 people, this city is quite modern and is ideal for tourists.
Avenida Jose Balta is the main thoroughfare of Chiclayo. The avenue is the place to be in order to take in and enjoy the city. There are restaurants, bookstores, cafes and bars in order to keep you entertained all through the day.
If history is one of your passions, The Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, located about ten minutes from Chiclayo, offers an impressive collection of artifacts from the Mohican Culture. The Bruning Archaeological Museum, named after the German architect that begun excavating the museums contents, has over 1500 artifacts on display. The Sicán National Museum, which is around 25 miles away from Chiclayo, has various displays that showcase Sicán way of life and culture.
Mercado Modelo is quite an entertaining place and another fantastic spot to check out while in Chicalayo. It is northern Peru's liveliest and largest daily market. Yes, it has the usual endless aisles of everything - party decorations, underwear, costume jewellery, fireworks, etc., but what is most interesting are the herbalists and alchemists who sell alternative medications and “ magical potions, “ to interested tourists.
Overall, a weekend trip to the town of Chicalayo offers something for everyone.