The Pómac Forest Historic Sanctuary is located in Pítipo district, Ferreñafe province, Lambayeque department, on the northern coast (close to Chiclayo). The Sanctuary contains the most dense formation of carob trees on the planet.
The sanctuary was created on 1 June 2001 to conserve the cultural and scenic unity of the forest of Pómac and the Sicán archaeological complex. It covers an area of 5,887.38 hectares at an altitude of between 80 and 300 metres above sea level. The site contains 36 pyramids from the pre-Inca Sicán civilisation, and it was here that the tomb of the Lord of Sican was discovered: a lavish burial with beautiful artefacts made of gold and other metals. It is now possible to visit the archaeological complex where the famous ceremonial knives known as Tumi were found.
Pómac forest is a habitat for many species typically found in dry forest regions, especially a variety of bird species, some of which are endemic, making it an important spot for bird watchers. The sanctuary also contains an ancient tree: an enormous carob with a bizarre shape, over four centuries old.
Activities: Flora and fauna observation, hiking, camping, visits to archaeological sites.
Climate: The climate is dry, warm and sunny most of the year, with an average temperature of 22.9°C (73°F). The rainy season occurs from January to March. It can be visited all year.
Access by Air: From Lima to Chiclayo. 1 hour 5 minutes flight.
Access by Land:
- From Lima to Chiclayo. Time: 12 hours
- From Chiclayo to the Batán Grande Information Centre. Time: 1 hour - 36 km (22 miles).