Around the Ecolodge Huaca de Piedra you will find a lot of places worth visiting.
Historical Sanctuary of Pomac Forest (HSPF)
One of the attractions of the forest is the Árbol Milenario (english: thousand years old tree). This carob of 40 meter height got his name from the aged culture of the Sicán. Formerly, the Sicán people forecasted that the tree will reach an age of several hundred years. And in fact it is growing constantly until this very day. It is the only known tree of this species that received such an incredible age.
A further attraction is the Huaca las Ventanas in the center of the Bosque de Pómac. Huaca can be translated with tomb or treasure. Both words are suitable in the case of the Huaca las Ventanas. It was the grave of some of the most powerful men of the Sicán. In this culture it was common to entomb dead persons with their most valuable possessions. Respectively, the Huaca las Ventanas was a real treasure chest when it was discovered. Today it is supposed that ca. 1,200 kilogram gold were used within the grave (in ornaments, clothes, etc.). En 1936 the famous figure “Tumí de Oro” was found in the Huaca las Ventanas.
The 10 meter high, pyramidal grave is one of the most important archaeological findings in
Peru. It belongs to a complex of 20 pyramids in the district of Illimo.
The center of the city is the Plaza Prinzipal in the shadow of the cathedral where people far into the night to spend time together.
Especially worth seeing is the Mercado Modelo. Here you can find nearly every product like for example fruits, groceries, household articles, toys, textiles, electrical goods and people who can fix or craft nearly anything. When you are there, try one of the delicious freshly mixed juices.
Furthermore, you shouldn´t miss out on the Mercado de Brujos (market of the shamans) which is a part of the Mercado Modelo. Customers buy herbs, tinctures, mystical powder whose origin is not always so clear, candles, esoteric and magical staff like amulets or bones, hides and a lot of other curious items.
Pimentel & Santa Rosa
To whom the bustling activities within Chiclayo or the exploration of the various graves becomes too much can visit the villages of the coast: Pimentel or Santa Rosa (14 kilometer from Chiclayo). Here you can spend a relaxing day on the beach, discuss with fishermen about their current catch or have a fling while surfing. The waves are ideal for this famous water sport during the whole year.
Once in Santa Rosa, you should necessarily try chicha (beer made of corn). The village is popular for its diverse chicha variations. Furthermore, you should taste the specialty Tortilla de Raya (tortilla with stingray).
The Bosque de Pómac extends to 6.145,95 hectares in the district of Illimo, which is located in the province Lambayeque. Once considered as national ecological reservation, it is today awarded with the status of a national cultural good by the Instituto de Cultura.
The forest is a unique living environment where plants like carobs, acacias, zapotes (fruits) and vichayos are thriving. Furthermore, a wide range of bird species makes the forest to a memorable experience for bird enthusiasts and observers. Moreover, visitors can run across squirrels, iguanas, skunks, ferrets and snakes in their natural environment.
Various legends and myths entwine around the Árbol Milenario. One of these legends says that all persons that tried to chop the tree suffered cruel accidents such as snakebites or mutilation through their own ax or machete.
Because of such stories and due to the powerful mystical vibrancy of the tree it is admired from the villagers. They visit the tree regularly to express prayers and wishes on its trunk hoping for its spiritual power.
The district Túcume also comes up with formidable Huacas. In an area of more than 200 hectares you can gaze at 26 pyramids.
Within the city you can try local food and drinks, buy artesanías or visit the museum Sitio Túcume (free entry) that displays interesting findings from the Huacas.
From the lookout point Cerro Purgatorio (purgatory hill) you will have an astonishing view over the terrain.
In the village of Ferreñafe, founded in 1550, visitors can inspect the in 1864 inaugurated church Santa Lucia and the Plaza de Ferreñafe.
Even more interesting is a visit of the Museo Nacional Sicán.
It displays replicas of 12 meter deep graves from the culture of the Sicán that were found in Batán Grande, the most important site of the Sicán. These graves are among the biggest found in South-America. A visit of the museum is worth it for interested travellers.
The city of Chiclayo is the economical heart of the north of Peru. It was founded as small community in the 16th century. Today it grows constantly and displaces other regional centers such as Lambayeque.
Although the city offers only a few touristic sights, an insight in the bustling activities of Chiclayo is definitely worth it. At first glance, the city may seem dismal, dusty and full of clamorous vehicles like motos (aged motorbikes with a covered trailer for the passengers), taxis and combis (bus alternative). But at a second glance, you can admire the amazing diversity of the city which is affected by markedly friendly people, delicious regional specialties like Ceviche and colorful markets.