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Travel Guide South America Peru Chiclayo

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Introduction

Chiclayo is one of the liveliest cities in northern Peru with a population of around 970,000. The plazas like Parque Principal or Plazuela Elias Aguirre buzz with live even after sunset.

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Sights and Activities

Lord of Sipan tomb - The discovery of the Lord of Sipan considered the "King Tutankamon of the Americas", is one of the most spectacular tombs discovered in the western hemisphere. Sipan's treasures show the Moche culture's ability with several metals: gold, silver and copper and precious stones in fine quality and a mastery in metallurgy unrivalled in the Americas, centuries before the Incas. There are two different Sights connected with the Lord of Sipan:

  • The Sipan Museum - Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan. The museum is situated in the center of Lambayeque and definitely worth a visit although descriptions are in spanish only. It features most of the treasures of the Sipan tombs together with thorough explanation what the grave looked like and how it was discovered in 1989. Entrance fee is 10 S/. Student discount only for national students. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Collectivos from and back to Chiclayo run frequently (20 minutes, 1.30 S/.). In Chiclayo ask in the collectivo stations.
  • Sipan tombs - The actual excavation site some 30 kilometres out of town

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Getting There

By Plane

International Airport Captain FAP Jose A. Quiñones receives flights of Lan Peru and LC Peru from Lima Jorge Chavez Intl. Airport and flights of Copa Airlines from Panama City (Tuesday and Friday).

By Bus

All the major bus lines are present in Chiclayo but most have their own terminal spread out over the City. Linea is on Av. Bolognesi 638 One block west of Linea is the Terminal for most north- or eastbound busses. Movil is around the corner opposite the Metro supermarket (LP says Av. Bolognesi 199 but I think it is Av. Jose Balta)

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Chiclayo is full of Tico taxis. Short journeys cost PES/3. A station would be better if less easy to find to go to Sipan, Ferreñafe, Lambayeque or the beaches PES/15, or Tucume PES/20. Moto taxis cost half the price, are better ventilated, but give less protection.

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Eat

Mi Tia's located on Elias Aguirre on the corner of the town square is excellent! Very friendly staff, a good selection of food, to go orders, dine in and at night they have a burger window!

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
KatuwiraPlaya Las Rocas Pimentel ChiclayoHOSTEL-
Rancho Santana Horseback RidingRancho Santana Pacora Camino Carrozable a la Capilla, PacoraGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

More and more hotels, resorts, airports, cafes, and retailers are going Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity), becoming "hotspots" that offer free high-speed Wi-Fi access or charge a small fee for usage. In Peru, by far the easiest way to check your e-mail and surf the Web is to drop in at the Internet cabinas (booths) that can be found in virtually every city and even small towns. Connections are usually fast, and the service is as little as S/2 per hour.
Aside from formal cybercafes, most youth hostels and many hotels nowadays have at least one computer with Internet access.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Peru's country code is +51. Emergency numbers include 105 (Police), 117 (Ambulance) and 116 (Fire).

In all towns and villages that are not too small, it is no problem to find public telephones for national and international calls. Many public phones can be expensive, and an attractive alternative is a Locutorio, or "call-center". Typical rates include .2 Nuevo Sol/minute for calls in the country, and .5 Nuevo Sol/minute for most international calls. Phone cards are cheap and easily available from shops or vendors who hang around pay phones. You'll often see people with a bundle of mobile phones who act as pay phones, they'll be shouting 'llamadas'. Telephone booths are primarily used for making local calls. Calling to other countries from Peru is expensive.

If you have an unlocked cell phone you can buy local SIM cards. Movistar and Claro are two of the phone companies in Peru. You can buy your sim card from these companies and buy a phone card also.

Your best, cheapest bet for making international calls from Peru is to head to any Internet cafe with an international calling option. These cafes have connections to Skype, Net2Phone, or some other VoIP service. International calls made this way can range anywhere from 5¢ to $1 per minute -- much cheaper than making direct international calls or using a phone card. If you have your own Skype or similar account, you just need to find an Internet cafe that provides a computer with a headset.

Post

Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or companies like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which are faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive.

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