Chiclayo itself is fairly light on attractions, but is the most useful base from which to explore the surrounding area, which is rich in archaeological treasures as well as some fine natural attractions and a number of coastal villages.

The Plaza de Armas is a great place to amble as it fills nightly with sauntering couples, evangelical preachers and an army of underemployed shoeshiners.

Travelers with kids might want to check out the children’s playground at the west end of Aguirre.