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Pimentel
Resort and fishermen's creek located at 13 Km. (8 miles) west of Chiclayo (15 minutes by car), it has a long sandy beach and there are some colonial buildings, it has great activity in summer (December - April). The surf is also good. Here you will be able to find and know the famous "caballitos de totora" (reed boats), ancestral crafts, the same as they were made by the Mochicans the third century, where every morning they used to go out fishing, using a piece of cane as a roar.

 

Santa Rosa
Picturesque fishermen village, located at 5 Km. (3.1 miles) south of Pimentel, has a long sandy beach. Caballitos de totora and fishing fleet over the sand. Popular seafood restaurants, famed for its "tortilla de raya" (omelet made from stringray) and chicha (fermented corn beer).

 

Eten
22 Km. / 14 miles south of Chiclayo (25 minutes by car). This Third Eucharistic City of the World celebrates with intense religious fervor the Fair of the Divine Child of the Miracle, which commemorates his appearance in the Consecrated Host three times on 22nd July 1619. It is the artisan capital of "macora" straw weaving and delicate embroidery. Puerto Eten and the beach of Eten is located 2 Km. / 1 miles from the Eten town.

 

Monsefú

Artisans' town, located 20 Km. (12.4 miles) southwest of Chiclayo. You can arrive from Santa Rosa or from Chiclayo directly by the Pan-American Highway. Monsefú is known for its straw weaving – hats, baskets, purses, and saddle bags – as well as works of cotton and thread. It is also famous for embroidery with gold and silver threads. There, you can find delicate napkins, table cloths, blouses, skirts, ponchos, and embroidered cloaks. Among their people there are many artisans dedicated to the making of articles of thread and straw, and ceramic objects. The architecture of their constructions and their residents will transport you to the past.

 

Ferreñafe

18 Km. / 11 miles northeast of Chiclayo (20 minutes by car). Founded by the Spanish, this agricultural town is dedicated to growing rice. The main feature is the ancient church of Santa Lucía, a Baroque style construction. This area is known as the "Tierra de la doble fe" (Land of two faiths) for maintaining the beliefs of Catholicism and shamanism at the same time. The Santa Lucia Church of Ferreñafe across from the Main Square Built in 1552, it exhibits unique Baroque wood carvings and marble altars. Architecturally it is characterized by columns with angular points that decorate the façade, that show in precise details the "Eyes of Saint Lucia", patron saint of the city, between its two towers with semicircular cupolas. Here is located the Sicán National Museum.

 

Santuario Histórico Bosque de Pómac (Pómac Forest Historic Sanctuary)
35 Km. / 22 miles north of Chiclayo (1 hour by car). This dry forest is a refuge for carob trees, birds, and at the same time for Sicán archeological remains. Here are twenty pre-Inca mounds, called huacas, like Las Ventanas Huaca, Huaca Lucía, Huaca La Merced or Huaca Rodillona. The archeological discoveries have been surprising because of the quantity of gold objects found. The Sicán Archaeological Project located a tomb with valuable burial items composed of crowns, rings, masks, bracelets, necklaces, weapons, armor, and other objects of gold and semiprecious stones like turquoise, spondylous (red sea shell), lapis lazuli, and amber. The forest is full of varied flora of zapote (quararibea sp.), guarango, and carob trees.

 

Zaña
46 Km. / 29 miles southeast of Chiclayo (1 hour and 30 minutes by bus). City founded by the Spaniards in 1563 with the name "Santiago Miraflores de Zaña", had its best time during the colony reaching great development, called the "Peruvian Seville", and for that reason was considered as the possible capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. Invasion and sacking suffered inflicted by the pirate Edward Davis 1686 and it was destroyed by the El Niño Phenomenon in 1720. It is located to the southeast of Chiclayo, and you can visit the ruins of the formerly opulent city. Descendants of black slaves form great part of its population. Today, it houses the remains of the San Agustín and San Francisco Convents as well as the porch of the Iglesia La Merced (Mercy Church). This is also the cradle of such Afro-American dances as the erotic "Golpe de Tierra" (Strike the Ground), the tondero, and the festejo.

 


Following the Pan-American Highway north, from Chiclayo, you will find the towns of Lambayeque, Mochumí, Túcume, Illimo, Pacora, Jayanca, Motupe and Olmos.


Lambayeque

12 Km. / 8 miles northeast of Chiclayo (10 minutes by bus) Here beautiful colonial homes are preserved like la Casa Cúneo and la Casa Descalzi but the most famous is la Casa de la Logia Masónica (Masonic Temple) which owes its fame to the ancient balcony carved more than 400 hundred years ago. This balcony is 64 meters / 210 feet long, which is considered the largest in Peru. The house is located at the intersection of Calle Dos de Mayo and Calle San Martín. Other important buildings in the city are the sixteenth century Church of San Pedro in the Main Square of the city of Lambayeque. Dating from the middle of the seventeenth century, it is characterized by its twin towers, three naves, and central arcade. In the naves along the sides are many Rococo golden wood panels that date back to the eighteenth century. Of these, the most well known is Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy). Behind some of the panels, walls decorated with murals have been found that are 5 centuries old. Home of the Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University. Here is located the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán and Brüning Museum.

 

Salas
"Capital of the Folkloric Medicine", old occult town of sorcerers, witch doctors and "chamanes" that are part of the spirit of the north coast of Peru. Located at 49 Km. (30.4 miles) north of Chiclayo, between Jayanca and Motupe. In many of their houses are organized at nights cure sessions where the sorcerer use diverse objects (huacos, stone idols, bones, plants, etc.) and a hallucinogenic beverage of the cactus San Pedro. There also exist people dedicated to prediction and to the destructive enchantments.

 

Motupe
Town located at 79 Km. (49 miles) north of Chiclayo, famed by the celebration of the festivities of the "Cruz de Chalpon".



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