Lambayeque, Perú


Lambayeque is located in the northwest coast of Perú and was founded in 1553 with the name of San Pedro de Lambayeque. Lambayeque has a population of about 61,000. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors this area had been populated by various indigenous groups. But then Francisco Pizarro arrived and set up a camp which eventually became an important mission which he entrusted to a compatriate, Juan de Barbarán, in 1536. The town slowly grew into an important stopover on the route to Lima. In 1619, there was an earthquake that devistated the town of Trujillo and most of the elite class moved to Lambayete. Then in 1720, the town of Saña was flooded and pretty much the entire population relocated to Lambayete. By the late 1900s, the area was famous for its sugar cane production.

In Lambareque are too of the most important museums in Perú—the Bruning Museum and the Museo Tumba Real. The Brüning Museum, established in the early 20th century, contains hundreds of gold and silver pieces, as well as textiles and ceramics, from the Vicus, Moche, Chimú, Lambeyeque and Inca cultures. The Tumba Real (pronounced ray-al) (Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum), was established in 2002, and contains artefacts from the Moche tombs of the Lord of Sipan, of which fourteen have been excavated.

The climate is called Tropical Savannah. The average daytime high is 30° C (86° F) and the average nightly low is 29° C (85° F). Lambayete gets a measly 41mm (1.62 inches) of rain per year, and pretty much all of that falls in February and March.

I am now on my third trip through Perú and I am sure that Lambayeque is the cleanest of all the towns I have visited. there is almost no litter, especially in the city center. This town has garbage cans on street corners and many of more them in the parks, this is rare in South America. And, even though the town is close to the beaches there is almost no sand on the paved roads, which is most of the roads, which is noticeable after visiting other northern Perú towns even further from the coast but with lots of sand in the streets. I like this town. The parks are nice, well-kept, and clean. I did come across one park that needs to be renovated, but that one is on the far west of the town in a poorer neighborhood.