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Chiclayo City Tour and Wizards´ Market

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 22-12-2022

Northern Peru is usually neglected, with travelers instead focusing their time on the big cities and historical gems in the south of Peru. This has enormous benefits for travelers wanting to get off the beaten track, as they can explore a more authentic Peru with fewer crowds. Chiclayo in northern Peru is not on most travelers' radars when they visit Peru. And Chiclayo benefits from a warm climate all year round. For many backpackers traveling around South America, it is the first destination they visit Peru when arriving from Ecuador. In general, travelers do not visit Chiclayo because of the city itself, and even though it is worth it to base yourself here as the infrastructure is excellent, be prepared that you will have to travel to see the top attractions.  


Huaca Rajada or “Cracked Pyramid” is still being excavated. There are also fascinating recontructions of the tomb, showing the extravagant headdresses and jewelry, the remains of a priest, a llama, two dogs, three concubines and a guard with no feet! The Huaca Rajada is fascinating to say the least! Visit on your Chiclayo vacation.

Huaca Rajada


One of the fascinating close-by sites is the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, which contains original artifacts found in the tombs at Huaca Rajada, an archaeological site close to Chiclayo, famous for Moche culture and especially for the tomb of the Lord of Sipan. The museum is worth visiting. You will find many original pieces in Huaca Rajada archeological site here, including precious necklaces, jewelry, tombs, clothes, and weapons. If you are looking at how to spend a day or two in Chiclayo and are interested in a sightseeing tour of Chiclayo, then The Valencia Travel Chiclayo City tour and Wizards market are great options to help you see the best attractions this area has to offer. If you are looking for beach time, just a short drive from Chiclayo, Playa Pimentel is a pretty beach, and be aware that the beach is quite crowded during the summer months.


One of the most culturally rich regions of Peru is the department of Lambayeque, where Chiclayo is the capital. As well as impressive archaeological sites, Chiclayo is home to Pimentel beach, one of the most visited beaches in all of Peru. This beach is ideal for the whole family, because of its activities for children and adults. It is also a favorite with surfers on their Peru adventure tours.

Chiclayo Center


Mercado de Brujos

Shamanism and ceremonial practices are still alive and kicking throughout Peru. Chiclayo's Wizards market is where you can peruse and buy quite some unbelievable stuff. It is worth looking at, especially if you've never been to a wizards' market before. If you are looking for a regular market with clothes, go to Mercado Modelo. The Mercado Modelo is a massive market in the city where you can buy anything from 'designer' clothes to cooking utensils. Locals will push through the narrow walkways forcibly, so follow their lead, or you will drown in swamps of people. Haggling is commonplace in these markets.


 This is one of Peru’s most fascinating markets. The mercado de brujos (witch doctors’ market) is in the southwest corner of a general market. This market one-stop shop for brujos (witch doctors) and has everything you might need for a magical brew: whale bones, amulets, snake skins, tonics, hallucinogenic cacti, and a plethora of aromatic herbs. Visit the  Brujos Market on your Chiclayo tours.

Mercado Modelo


Chiclayo's famous Wizards Market is located at one end of the main Mercado Modelo. Here you can buy a whole range of shamanistic accessories and trinkets, motions, and potions, including herbs, skins, bones, and even animal organs. This market also sells San Pedro cacti in abundance, which, when boiled and reduced, make a hallucinogenic drink consumed by both Shamans and travelers. If you want to learn more about the shamanic practices of Peru or even if you are looking to cast a spell or two yourself, The Wizards Market is the place for you!



Wizards Market


If you are entering Peru from the Northern border or traveling south from The Northern beaches of Peru, then Chiclayo makes the perfect stop off to take in some Northern Peruvian culture and mysticism… including the unique Wizards market. Book here!