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"SIPAN: HUACA RAJADA" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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This is the original site of the amazing funerary artefacts of 'The Lord of Sipan'.

At this complex, you can see adobe pyramids all around. These immense mounds look like mere muddy mountains but I assure you, they are man-made, and they have an amazing history.

Apparently, there are 12 royal tombs discovered here, with 1,800-year-old offerings worked in precious metals, stone, pottery and textiles of the Moche culture. Of course, even as I type this, the information is probably already outdated. This area around Chiclayo is indeed incredible, and I bet there are still many many tombs very well-hidden and it will take decades to be discovered.

The most famous discovery is that of the tomb of 'The Lord of Sipan'. Here, at an exposed (but covered with a tent) tomb, they show a replica of how the lord, valuables, accompanying sacrificed servants, llama and dog, were laid down. Superb.

There is a site museum with photos and maps of the excavations and a layering display of how the lord was dressed and covered.

But the real treasures have to be appreciated at Museo de las Tumbas Reales de Sipan in Lambayeque.

Directions: Sipán is located 35 km east of Chiclayo. Buses leave from terminal Este Sur-Nor Este on Calle Nicolas de Pierola, east of city. Take a taxi there, can be dangerous.

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  • Written Dec 24, 2007
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