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Off the Beaten Path: A Northern Peru Vacation

Take a trip to the north of Lima to the cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo, home to some of the best archaeological sites in Peru. Discover destinations off the beaten path on your Peru vacation with this article written by a Peru travel expert.

It is not uncommon to find travelers scattered across Southern Peru, hiking the Inca Trail on their way to Machu Picchu. The south of Peru boasts some of the most popular tourist attractions, however the north of Peru also offers travelers rich history and culture. Ancient ruins predating the Inca civilization can be found right outside the northern cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo, and are the perfect destination for those interested in history and archeology.

Venture off the “beaten path” and head north from Lima on the Pan-American Highway to Chiclayo, “La Ciudad de Amistad” or The City of Friendship in English. Chiclayo is a fairly new city, in comparison to the other major cities of the north; it is located in the department of Lambayeque, on the coast. Chiclayo is a great destination to indulge in the northern style cuisine of Peru. The city provides few attractions, on being the large market found a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas. Known for its “witch doctors” a visit to the Mercado Modelo is a must. Wind through the many streets and passages of this market, indulging in some of the region’s best fruits or stopping at one of the many remedy stands, where “witch doctors” vend a wide variety of potion ingredients and herbs. One can find items such as snake skins, and animal bones, among many other items.

Venture outside the city 30km to find the Moche tomb at Sipán, where excavation continues, as this tomb was only discovered in 1987.  A visit to this archeological site is one of the many reasons to travel to Chiclayo. Filled with ancient artifacts and countless wonders, some archaeologists believe this discovery is one of the most important in Peru the last 30 years.

Next on your journey, travel to Trujillo, the 3rd largest city in the north of Peru, also known as The City of Eternal Spring, Trujillo is considered the commercial center of the North. Founded in 1534 by Francisco Pizarro, Trujillo was named after Pizarro’s home country, Spain, which explains the feel of this colonial city. The buildings throughout Trujillo have kept retained their colonial style, and are reason enough to visit. Take a stroll to the Plaza de Armas, or walk Francisco Pizarro, the pedestrian street lined with restaurants and shops, and truly soak in the charm Trujillo offers. Though the city of Trujillo provides some great Peruvian cuisine and a charming atmosphere, the true allure is outside of the city at the site of Chan Chan.

The ruins of Chan Chan mark the largest adobe city in the world and the largest Pre-Columbian city in the Americas. The sheer size of the ruins are sure to amaze, however many have been destroyed over time from the elements, El Nino in particular destroyed many structures that remained. Another archeologist’s dream sits right outside of Trujillo, the tombs known as, “Huaca de la Luna” and “Huaca del sol”. The tombs of the sun and the moon are approximately 700 years older than Chan Chan and discoveries are still being made within.

Explore off the beaten pathArticle Submission, by heading to the north of Peru on your Peru vacation. Filled with history and culture the north of Peru provides much to be discovered on your trip to Peru.

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