Chiclayo is one of the liveliest Cities in northern Peru with a population of around 970,000. Perhaps the better Lima being big enough to have supermarkets and still small enough to be manageable without hours spend in city busses. The plazas like Parque Principal or Plazuela Elias Aguirre buzz with live even after sunset.
The two major airlines, Lan Peru and Star Peru, operate daily flights from Lima to Chiclayo (CIX). A taxi should cost PES/2 for the 1km journey into the city centre.
Taca airlines also offers flights from LIM to CIX. The nice thing about Taca is that they don't overcharge you like Lan.
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)
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.
Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan - The museum is situated in the center of Lambayeque and definitely worth a visit although descriptions are in Spanish mostly. 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 9am - 5pm. No cameras or cell phones allowed inside.
Collectivos (aka Combis)run frequently (20 minutes, 1.50 S/.). On the corner of Vicente de la Vega and Leonardo Ortiz, in front of the Otursa bus terminal in Chiclayo, there is a collectivo station.
Túcume - the final capital of the Sicán culture, is 35 kilometers along the old Panamericana from Chiclayo. Archaeologists believe that Túcume was built after the Sicán burnt and abandoned their former capital of Batán Grande around A.D. 1050. The area is commonly referred to as the Valle de las Pirámides, which is easy to understand from the lookout on Cerro Purgatorio, which offers a view over the entire complex. There is a small. uninteresting site museum (9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily). 8 Soles Entrance to both.
To get local transport to Túcume (1.50 PEN), you have to get to Lambayeque first by taking a combi at Vicente de la Vega and Leonardo Ortiz, in front of the Otursa bus terminal in Chiclayo. Frequent combis run to Túcume from in front of Lambayeque’s market, 2.5 blocks from Museo Tumbas Reales. From the town of Túcume, it is a 15-minute walk or a 2 PEN mototaxi ride.
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.
Museo Sicán - (Av. Batán Grande, block 9, tel. 074/28-6469, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun., US$5.50) is 18 kilometers outside of Chiclayo in Ferreñafe. Though unfairly overshadowed by the Museo Tumbas Reales, this modern museum has a fabulous collection of gold objects of the Sicán culture, which succeeded the Moche in A.D. 850 and succumbed to the Chimú in 1375.
Colectivos to Ferreñafe can be taken from the Terminal de Epsel at the corner of Avenida Oriente and Nicolás de Pierola in Chiclayo.
Mercado Modelo - The Mercado is located just 5 blocks from the Parque Principal (Plaza de Armas), and is open daily from sun-up to sun-down. Here you will find appliances and clothing as well as many natural medicines and herbal remedies. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable stands around, sopas, almuerzos and ceviche.
Mercado de Brujos (Witch Market) - (Arica, inside the Mercado Modelo, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily). Deep in the market quarters is one row of shops called the witch market (probably second row of shops coming from around Arica #950). Here you will find piles of all the materials used by Peru’s curanderos—shark jaws, deer legs, snakeskins, potions, scents, amulets, and huayruro (jungle beads for warding off a hex). There are heaps of dried mountain herbs and San Pedro cacti, which, when sliced and reduced in boiling water, form a hallucinogenic drink used by shamans—and an increasing number of travelers.
Real Plaza shopping center and Ripley in the city center. Mercado Modelo is a very big market where it´s possible to buy almost anything. It´s crowded and it´s easy to get robbed so be careful.
Some of the finest cooking to be had in northern Peru! Some local specialties include "arroz con pato" (duck served with rice) and the local variation of ceviche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice).
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!
Offers good menues. Grilled beef is one of the most popular and delicious dishes.
Sorrentos... this evening only set of diners is not to be missed....easily the best beef empanadas in the nation! Excellent french fries and top notch salad! Also great Lomo!
Fiesta Gourmet restaurant
It is the most famous in the north for its quality.
Hostel Real, 338 Avenida Elias Aguirre, Chiclayo, Peru (Near the METRO grocery store). Not a backpacker's hostel, but more of a budget hotel. Good location in the city center, 2 steps away from a large supermarket, about a 6 minute walk to the famous City Market, which contains the Witch's Market. If you're traveling solo, you can fairly easily negotiate the price down to 20 Soles for a private room. No hot water; no breakfast or kitchen.20-30 PEN for Private Room.
ALOJAMIENTO Z, Mariscal Catilla 118 (CHICLAYO), ☎ 074-222534. checkin: 06 am; checkout: 01 pm. Av Bolgnesi cuadra 9. Just close to CRUZ DEL SUR terninal of buses. Quiet in the center of town:25.
Bungalow for rent or Camping ,Horseback riding Rancho Santana (www.cabalgatasperu.com),phone 979712145, horseback riding tours through worlds biggest dry forest visiting the pyramdis of Pre-Inca culture and a nice rustic bungalow made out of adobe bricks with hot shower and a garden with hammocks, cooking and laundry facilities. A peaceful place to stay in the countryside of Chiclayo
How to get there see on the webpage www.cabalgatasperu.com
Gran Hotel Chiclayo. Located in the hearth of Chiclayo. It is considered the best in the city.
Rancho Santana (Rancho Santana), Pacora - Lambayeque, ☎ +51 979712145, . Farm stay one hour by public bus from Chiclayo (3 Soles). Good option for people who prefer to stay in the countryside. Horse Riding to Bosque de Pomac optional.
The bus companies, hotels & thieves are very central. Do not flash any valuables (such as taking a photo) when walking around this area; it looks safe but there are thieves around.
Pimentel is a fairly unsafe area. Travellers are reported to be robbed there in bright daylight, close to the beach.
Be carefull with the taxi drivers. They will lie to you that your hotel is closed and would want to take you to another one. Don't trust them.