Tomb of Lord Sipan, Royal Tombs Museum & Tucume Pyramids

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The temple of Sipan, situated 30 kilometres to the south of Chiclayo, was the site of one of the most important archaeological finds in the Americas. It was here in 1987 that the archaeologist Walter Alva discovered the tombs of key members of the Mochica nobility, buried alongside one of richest collection of treasures ever seen on the continent, including gold, silver, precious stones and ceremonial wear. The most significant tomb discovered here was that of Lord of Sipan, warrior-ruler of the region during the late 3rd century. As little now remains at the tomb itself, it is essential to combine a visit to the tomb with the Royal Tombs Museum in nearby Lambayeque. The exterior of the museum is striking in itself, a red pyramid emerging from the desert, and inside you can peruse all the riches found buried alongside the Lord of Sipan and other important finds. This museum really is unmissable for anyone with an interest in South American history. You will finish the day with a visit to the Tucume pyramids, remnants of a vast city constructed by the Sicán people over 1000 years ago, and subsequently occupied by the Chimu and Inca civilisations.

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