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North Coast and Cajamarca

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North Coast and Cajamarca

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Although less known for its tourism, the North Coast of Peru, including the cities of Trujillo, Chiclayo, Cajamarca, and the nearby cities, is a region of interesting colonial and archaeological attractions.

Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru and is characterized by its colonial style, visible in the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, and multiple mansions.  However, its main attraction is the Chan Chan archaeological site close to the pyramids Huaca Esmeralda, Huaca Arco Iris, Huaca del Sol, and Huaca de la Luna.

Chiclayo for its part, is a modern city dedicated to trade.  However, in the 80's an important discovery was made in the outskirts of the city, the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán, one of the main leaders of the Mochica culture.  Although the tomb was looted, many of the objects that accompanied the Lord of Sipan can be seen in the Bruning Museum.  The ruins of Túcume are found close to Sipán.

Colonial architecture, Andean food, and a rich culture are the principle characteristics of Cajamarca.  Nicknamed the new Cusco, from the Apolonia Hill it is possible to see all of Cajamarca.  There, the Cuarto de Rescate (Recovery Quarter) is found in which the Inca Atahualpa was captured by Pizarro.  In addition there are the Baños del Inca (Incan Baths), attractive thermal baths that date back to Incan times.  Furthermore, close to Cajamarca are the archaeological sites Cumbe Mayo, windows of Otuzco and Combayo, and finally Kuélap, the walled pre-Incan city, well-preserved over time.

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