Huarmey, Perú


Huarmey, Perú and was founded in . Huarmey is known as the city of cordiality because of the friendliness of the people. Huarmey also has some of the best beaches in Perú.

The history of this region has been traced back to about 2000BC. Those early people eventually joined with the Chavín around 1000BC. After the Chavín came the Huarí people about the 11th century. From them there is an archiological site called the Huarmey Castle. It is a stepped pyramid now within the city suburban area. The pyramid had been looted terribly over the centuries but in 1013, 63 fully intact tombs were discovered, and they contained the bones of the dead as well as some 1,200 other objects associated with them. The pyramid is believed to have been the administrative center for the Huarí people. In 1999, it was declared by the then National Institute of Culture (today the Ministry of Culture) as Cultural Heritage of the Nation. In 2012, the "Huarmey Castle" Archaeological Project was approved. The "castle" or pyramid, is closed to the public as it is an active archeological site, but one can hike around and get pics of the exterior, check in my photo album to see them. It is basically a large mount of rocks/gravel/dirt. The digging area is on the very top. I also walked over to the top of a couple of nearby hills to get landscape shots of the mountains and the town.

At the end of the 14th century, the King of the Chimú decided he wanted to expand his terretory, so he started a military campaign and Huarmey became part of the Chimú kingdom. In the mid-to-late 1300s, the Inca then invaded the Chimú terretory. Around 1470, the Chimú fell to the Incas and Huarmey became a part of the Inca Empire. Then in the mid-1500s the Spanish conquistadors arrived. The Archbishop Toribio de Mogrovejo visited the town in 1573. He found "one hundred tributary Indians and ten reserved ones, and 300 of confession, and 500 small and large souls," and gave them three livestock ranches. In 1784, Viceroy Teodoro de Croix, the Parish of Huarmey was created and was assigned to the Municipality of Lima. In 1857, Huarymey offically became a District, then in 1907 it was granted the title of "Town." In 1955, it was relegated back to a district, then in 1984, it was officialy recognized as a city.

They name Huarmey refers to a practice currently used in the department of Huánuco, which consists of selecting the best fruits of the crops and the best foods to be saved and consumed with posterity. It is believed, based on the meaning of the name, that the ancient city was an agricultural city. There have also been found 47 collcas, or holes, that would have been used to store the food. Those holes are not small, they are 24 meters (78.6 feet) in diameter and 2 meters (6.6 feet) deep, enough space to store 900 tons of food.

The climate is called a subtropical desert climate. The average daytime high is 24° C (75° F) and the average nightly low is 15° C (59° F). Trujillo gets 132mm (5.2 inches) of rain per year. Humidity ranges from 75%-81% year-round.

Huarmey is pleasant town to visit, it's clean and generally quiet, about the only traffic in the center is of the 3-wheel motorcycle taxis, some have bad mufflers of cource, but most are generally quiet. The town is clean and has some nice small parks. There are a couple of cash machines at the bank at the main plaza. There is one supermarket and just about every kind of store you could need, they're just small. As for putting Huarmey on your must-visit list—don't unless you need to spend the night, there are many hostals here.