Sipán

Yesterday, I visited Huaca Rajada in Sipán plus three museums, two of which were in nearby, Lambayeque . There was also time for lunch, so it was a full day.

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Before going to Sipán, we stopped at El Paseo de Las Musas, a small but tidy, park area which sadly, is not typical of most of Chiclayo. Other park areas are available.

DSCN1913A place for a relaxing stroll….

DSCN1933…and be amused by muses.

DSCN1938And then on to the first Museum which was very eerie…

DSCN1964…and Huaca Rajada where the Moche tombes are located.

DSCN1983We had lunch at El Rincón del Pato, which was interesting but not as good as I had hoped.  Duck with rice is a local speciality and duck is one of my favourite foods.

We then moved on to the second museum of the day, the Bruning Museum in Lambayeque, which was mainly about ceramics and tools used by the different civilisations who have inhabited this region.

DSCN1995This looks like someone had an idea for a mini submarine, long before the 20th century.

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DSCN2017…but most of it was housed in the Royal Tombs Museum in Lambayeque. Unfortunately, cameras, phones and bags are not permitted inside the museum, so this is the only picture. The building design is based on the shape of the huacas.

Cumbe Mayo

Yesterday I joined a tour going to Cumbe Mayo, which is the site of a pre-Incan aqueduct. It is situated in the area of a “stone forest”, which has eroded over time and has taken on an extraordinary form. Apparently the locals can see various bird and animal shapes and even monks, in the formations. I was not able to discern all of the shapes but perhaps I was not understanding what was being said. Never mind, I was just happy to enjoy the rock.

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There is a museum complex being built – tastefully.

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View from the museum.

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A viewing point for petroglyphs.

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Unfortunately my photo does not show the petroglyphs very clearly.

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Queuing to enter a very narrow “tunnel”. Once in, you had to keep going as there was not room to turn.

It was totally dark inside….

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….with the welcome light at the end of the tunnel.

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The locals were happy to pose for a photo – for a small fee.

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The aqueduct was constructed with just a slight gradient.

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 I did manage to spot the bird shape here. There was some debate as to whether it was an eagle or condor.

I thought it was a giant stonechat.

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I bought two hard boiled eggs from this lady for my lunch.

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A clearer example of a petroglyph.

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