Also known as the Valley of the Pyramids, Túcume is one of the best expressions of the three civilisations that occupied the northern region of Peru: Lambayeque, Chimú and Inca. The 26 adobe pyramids can be admired from Purgatory Hill, where viewers can appreciate why they took 500 years to build.
Studies have determined that there were once luxurious palaces here, beautifully decorated with reliefs of gods, myths, and rituals. The populace supported itself by farming, fishing, and sailing along the coast of South America to trade with other settlements. It is worth mentioning that their principal god, Naylamp, arrived by sea to establish the Lambayeque Culture that developed between 750 and 1150 A.D.
The Túcume Archaeological Project funded the restoration of the site in cooperation with Oslo's Kon Tiki Museum and the Peruvian National Institute of Culture, which also made possible the building of the site Museum in the pre-Columbian style with indigenous materials like reeds, clay, adobe, and carob-tree posts.
Location: 33 km (20 miles) to the north of Chiclayo, Lambayeque region, at 50 metres above sea level (164 feet).
Climate: arid, dry.
Average temperature: maximum temperature of 30°C (86°F) and minimum of 15°C (59°F) .
Season: all year round.
Access by Air: flight takes 1 hours 30 minutes, followed by a minibus or taxi journey to Túcume.
Access by Land: to reach Chiclayo, capital of the Lambayeque region, you can travel by road to the 767 km marker of the Panamericana Norte highway.