Lambayeque is a coastal region in northwestern Peru known for its rich Moche and Chimú historical past and related archeological sites and museums. The region’s name originates from the ancient pre-Inca civilization of the Lambayeque, also called Sican culture.The territory of the Lambayeque Region is made up of wide plains irrigated by rivers from the Andes; in most of the arid area, irrigation is needed to support any farming. The fertile river valleys produce half of the sugar cane crop of Peru.
Lambayeque, land of ancient kingdoms, pyramids and vast forests. Its archaeological and cultural legacy, together with its natural riches, make it a remarkable tourism destination. The region boasts world class museums and natural reserves that protect many endemic species, some of which are in danger of extinction.
See the astonishing Lord of Sipán. Explore Sicán, Túcume and Chotuna; follow the route of the spectacled bear and the white-winged guan; bathe at beaches filled with history, and enjoy a present filled with the flavors of a richly varied cuisine that includes iconic dishes such as “seco de cabrito” (goat’s meat stew), “arroz con pato” (rice and duck), and the delicious “King Kong”, a traditional dessert.
In Lambayeque, almost two thousand years of history and tradition, as well as great food, are waiting for you. Come and experience them for yourself.
MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL TOMBS OF THE LORD OF SIPÁN
Lord of Sipan was a very important Mochican warrior priest, which remains were founded in Huaca Rajada by Dr. Walter Alva in 1987. In his tomb were discovered a great quantity of gold and silver objects, jewels, ceramics and carved wood of incredible value. This investigation had given archaeologists the chance to know many more aspects of the Mochican Culture.
The Lord of Sipan, was founded in a sarcophagus made of wood (this is the first event founded in America), next to his head were the skeleton of two young women, and at his sides a skeleton of a dog and two lamas.He was all covered with gold, silver and copper, chest protector with jewels and gold necklaces. His skull rested on a big golden plate.
The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán, is an imposing concrete construction in the form of a semi-sunken or truncated pyramid, reflecting the form and style of the treasures it holds inside. This mix of modernity and indigenous pre-Columbian influence is a fantastic starting-point for exploring the archeology of the valley. You’ll need a good hour or two to see and experience all the exhibits, which include a large collection of gold, silver and copper objects from the tomb of Lord of Sipan, including his main emblem, a staff known as El Cetro Cuchillo, found stuck to the bones of his right hand in his tomb. The tomb itself is also reproduced as one of the museum’s centrepieces down on the bottom of the three floors. The top floor mainly exhibits ceramics, while the second floor is dedicated to Lord of Sipan’s ornaments and treasures. Background music accompanies you around the museum circuit using instruments and sounds associated with pre-Hispanic cultures of the region.
Imagine being able to view the tomb of one of the most powerful men in ancient Peru. The undisturbed remains of the Lord of Sipan were unearthed at Huaca Rajada, in Lambayeque, in the greatest archaeological discovery in Peruvian history.
Extraordinary adornments made from gold, silver and turquoise, including breastplates and ear adornments, the most beautiful pottery and other fine objects, were excavated from the antechamber of the main discovery: items intended for a royal existence in the afterlife.
This historic treasure, along with many other objects, is preserved in the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, a world class museum.