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.

DSCN1999There was some gold on display….

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.

Cerro Santa Apolonia

As it was my last full day in Cajamarca, I wanted to make the most of it. It was a nice day with lots of sunshine so I decided to go up to the top of Cerro Santa Aplonia. I had previously gone about half way and taken a few photos but as it was crowded, decided to abandon the trip. As luck would have it, yesterday it was almost deserted.

Cerro Santa Apolonia, was where the Inca emperor Atahualpa had a “throne” and from where he surveyed his army and people.

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DSCN1820With amazing views.

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????????????????????I had thought that this was the top but there is a small plateau further up which has a pleasant garden area. Entry about 25p.

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This cactus looks older and more weary than me.

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