The capital of the spring, Trujillo, located on the north coast of Peru, is an old colonial city and its historic downtown has beautiful old houses and colonial churches.
Trujillo is close to Chan Chan, the capital of Chimu culture which is the biggest city of mud in the entire world. The temples Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol is a major archaeological site which was built at the time of the Moche culture. Huanchaco is a small village close to Trujillo with nice beaches. Huanchaco is limited by Chan Chan to the south, a regional airport to the east, a natural preserve to the north where the local artisans grow the totora reed in a way that predate Chan Chan's Chimú rulers. Today fishermen still head out each morning with their nets tucked in caballitos de totora, literally "little horses" woven of totora reed.
The department of Lambayeque is located on the coastal plain and combines arid zones, rich valleys, and dry forests. Chiclayo, bordered by fertile valleys and very close to the ocean, is the capital of the department and the commercial nexus among the three Peruvian regions: coast, highland, and jungle.
This territory was the cradle of the Mochicas, who lived there between the first and fourth centuries A.D., which makes Lambayeque one of the most interesting archeological destinations in the country. It was in 1987 that the famous royal tombs of Sipán were discovered, the burial remains of an important Mochican ruler. Besides the Sipán archeological site, you can visit the modern Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum that contains the most extraordinary gold pieces found in the excavations. Likewise, it is worth a visit to the Brunning Museum, located in the province of Lambayeque, and to the Sicán Museum, located in the province of Ferreñafe.
Túcume is another archeological site of unique beauty. There, you will see more than twenty adobe pyramids, all approximately forty meters high, that belong to the Lambayeque culture and which are nestled in an area full of wildlife and abundant vegetation. Another must see in Lambayeque is the Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, located in the district of Chongoyape. Here, the dry forests and the biodiversity they shelter are preserved.
Lambayeque also boasts one of the best cuisines in the country: exquisite rice with duck competes with cebiche in a competition where the gourmands are always the winners. The lovely port and beach resort of Pimentel and the tradition town of Saña with its Colonial houses and churches in ruins round out the attractions of this fascinating department.