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Peru in Brief
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Maritime delimitation between Peru and Chile
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
El Peruano
Agencia Andina Perú

Pimentel Beach  
  Capital: Chiclayo  
16 m  
Warm throughout most of the year: December-March 34°C, April-June 20°C, July-August 14°C, September-December 23°C.
Prior to 1562, Chiclayo had not appeared among the chieftainships of Lambayeque. Between 1563 and 1566 it is referred to as a resettlement centre for Indians from Cinto and Collique. Current evidence suggests that Chiclayo was not founded as a Spanish town, but grew as a reduccion de indios facilitating the collection of native tributes and the missionaries' evangelising task.

    Among the peoples who inhabited these lands, the Mochica had words resembling " Chiclayo ": Chiclayap or Chekliayok apparently meant "a place with green branches". Writing in 1664, Father Fernando de la Carrera referred to the town as "Chiclaiep".
    Lambayeque was declared independent by Pascual Saco Oliveros and other patriots attending the town council on December 30, 1820 .  
  Places of Interest:
Church of Santa Veronica. Built in 1940, it was destroyed on three successive occasions by earthquakes hitting Chiclayo .

Teatro Dos de Mayo. Built in 1890.
Cathedral of Chiclayo. Built in 1869: a spacious, well-proportioned church with round arches, columns and domes.
House of Elias Aguirre. A historic monument on account of its being the birthplace of the local hero Elias Aguirre .
Monsefu. The town noted for its flowers lies 12 km from Chiclayo . Craft products include straw, reed and shrub-fibre weavings, embroideries, woodwork, thread decorations, cotton fabrics.
Beaches at Pimentel, Santa Rosa (Caleta de Pescadores) and Puerto Eten.
Cerro Mulato Petroglyphs. Pre-Columbian engravings on the rocks of Cerro Mulato (60 km from Chiclayo ) present intriguing geometric designs.
Huaca Rajada. In 1987, the tomb of a high-ranking member of the Mochica people and his following was discovered intact at Sipan, a village within the Pomaica sugar estate 33 km south of Chiclayo . Invaluable gold pieces and other pre-Columbian objects found there have toured the world and have been hailed as the 20 th century's greatest single archaeological find.
Bruning Museum. The golden vault containing the material from the tomb of the "Lord of Sipan" is preserved here. The museum also features a four-tiered exhibit illustrating the cultures of ancient Peru.

The Condor de Oyotun. Near the turn-off for Zana on the Pan-American highway (Km 733) is this giant ground drawing, 60 m long and as many wide, thought to be 1,000 years old.
Zana. Ruins from pre-colonial and colonial times, including four convents, 46 km from Chiclayo.


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