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There are a plethora of activities available on Peru's northern coast, perhaps more so than in any other region. This area is especially rich in archaeological sites. Some of the most noteworthy are the Tombs of Sipán, which were discovered in 1987 and showcases a large collection of extravagant artifacts. Another noteworthy attraction is Chan Chan, which is the ruins of the largest pre-Columbian city in South America.

Visitors to the major cities in this area, including Trujillo, Chiclayo and Piura, can find a variety of museums and city sites to keep them entertained. The towns all also have various markets, which are worth a visit to experience the local culture and find some goodies to take home.

If you are more into a beach scene, Máncora is the perfect place for you. This Peruvian beach town has prime surfing. However, since it had become rather touristy in recent years, many are choosing to escape to the
beautiful beaches of Cabo Blanco, Los Organos and Las Pocitas instead.

Other Activity pages in Pacific Coast North of Lima that may be of interest: Ferreñafe Activities, Trujillo Activities, Huancabamba Activities, Lambayeque Activities, Máncora Activities, Chiclayo Activites, Tumbes Activities, Piura Activities, Zorritos Activities and Huanchaco Activities.

27 Apr 2012

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Chan Chan

Chan Chan

Located five kilometers (3 mi) west of Trujillo, Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and the capital of the Chimú...

Trujillo, Peru

Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna

For those interested in archaeological activities, the massive Moche pyramids of Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna (Pyramids of the Sun and the...

Trujillo, Peru

El Brujo

Once an important site used by the witches of Chicama, El Brujo (The Sorcerer) is a network of ruins and mounds dating back over 5,000 years....

Trujillo, Peru

Museo del Juguete

If you make it to Café y Museo del Juguete, definitely make the trip upstairs to the Museo del Juguete, where you will encounter a modest but...

Trujillo, Peru

Casa Museo Gran Almirante Grau

Casa Museo Gran Almirante Grau is yet another house turned museum. It exhibits naval paraphernalia and other belongings of Miguel Grau Seminario,...

Piura, Peru

Cine Planet

Showing the latest from Hollywood, relax and have some popcorn at the local cineplex located in the mall Plazas del...

Movie & Theater
Piura, Peru

Museo Municipal Vicús

Museo Municipal Vicús is the city's cultural gem. A wide variety of archaeological finds are displayed here, accompanied by explanations of the...

Piura, Peru

Cine Primavera

Zone out to the latest movies in this five-screen movie theater that is within walking distance from most downtown hotels and...

Movie & Theater
Chiclayo, Peru

Surfing Lessons

The surf is up in Huanchaco if you can handle it. Peruvian longboard champions of times gone by now give lessons to those eager enough. Beware:...

Huanchaco, Peru

Museo de Arqueología

Highly recommended by the guides of the ruin sites outside of town, the museum highlights the distinct pre-Hispanic cultures of the region. On...

Trujillo, Peru
Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

All of the downtown city streets lead to the Plaza de Armas. Here, you can observe the Baroque-style central monument that salutes liberty, which...

City Plaza
Trujillo, Peru

Visiting Colonial Mansions

As a historically commercial center, Trujillo is home to a number of colonial mansions that are worth a visit. The Casa del Mayorazgo de...

Historical Building
Trujillo, Peru

Museo Nacional Sicán

Located in Ferreñafe, about 25 minutes from the city of Chiclayo, this museum's displays show artifacts from the Sicán culture. This includes a...

Ferreñafe, Peru

Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning

Named after the German engineer who was head of the archaeology project that bore the majority of the contents of the museum, Museo Arqueológico...

Lambayeque, Peru


In Máncora, surfing is practiced by men and women, young and old, like a religion. There are reliable swells at almost all times...

Máncora, Peru
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