Saturday, December 6, 2008


Today Julio took me to the museum "Tumbas Reales", which means Royal Tombs. It is the museum for "El Señor Sipan". He was this leader of the Moche people. Here is a little excerpt that kinda explains it:

"The Lord of Sipán (El Señor de Sipán) is a mummy found in Sipán by Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva in 1987. The tomb is in Sipán's Huaca Rajada, an area in Chiclayo.

The Lord of Sipán tomb is a Moche culture site in Peru. Some archaeologists hold it to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in this region of the world in the last 30 years, because the main tomb was found intact and untouched by thieves.

Sipán is located in the northern part of Peru, close to the coast, in the middle of Lambayeque Valley, 35 km east of Chiclayo. Four tombs have been found in Sipán's Huaca Rajada, the huaca is a mausoleum built by the Moche culture that ruled the northern coast of Peru from around 1 AD to 700 AD, centuries prior to the Incas."


"Royal Tombs Museum of Sipán houses most of the important findings that Dr. Walter Alva Alva found in 1987. He was the one who prompted the construction of a museum (Royal Tombs of Sipán) which was inaugurated in 2002. The museum is located in the town of Lambayeque (which also happens to be in the "state" of Lambayeque) in Peru. The museum itself is constructed to look similar to the ancient Moche tombs (with the exception of giant golden figures on the side). What is unique about the museum is that Dr. Alva lives very close to the museum and his first wife, whom he found the Lord of Sipán with, is buried on the front lawn of the museum.

The obvious main attraction is the Lord of Sipan and his eight guests that went to the after world with him. The warriors that were buried with him were buried with amputated feet so they wouldn't run away from the tomb; the women had their ceremonial clothes on, dogs, llamas, and 80+ huacos (Peruvian pottery)."

So cameras aren't allowed in the museum at all which I was pretty bummed about. It was amazing in there though. It actually had the actual remains of this guy. It was just surreal. All his jewelry and clothing was so intricate and fine. It really blew me away. At the end of the little tour of the museum you go int othis big room where there are all these human like figures all set up how the ceremonies in that time would have been. They lights turned on and all they all started moving and music started and it was just so cool and amazing. I always wonder how people now can figure out so many details about the way these people lived and were back then. That just boggles my mind!

Museo Tumbas reales

me and Julio

Outside of the museum was pretty awesome too. There I was able to take pictures. They have it all set up to how their houses would've been back then. In the little houses they had stuff for sale. And in one they had ceviche and other food to eat. They also had Chicha de Jora. This is a traditional drink that the Incas drank for rituals and in religious festivals. It is made out of fermented maize of Jora. You have to acquire a taste for it. I used to not like it but after drinking it again a few times I started to. So me and Julio bought a jug of it. It was really good too! I loved the little gord cups they gave us to drink out of too.

Chicha de Jora

I love Chicha de jora!

the little women selling it

how their ceremonies were possibly like

there were so many cool designs

I love this one!

After we left the museum Julio took me to "Casa Montjoy", it was built in the XVI century, and has the largest colonial balcony in Peru! It's 67 meters long! It wraps around the entire house. It was declared a national monument in 1963. It was awesome! We had to pay 1 sol to be able to go inside the whole house. It was really old and rustic inside. Probably would be really scary to be there at night. The balcony was huge too. The lady told us to be careful though because the wood is so old it could possibly break! After we left there we walked around some in the little town. It was such a cute little place.

this was just in some random destroyed room. I loved it!

the walls were all crazy and rusty looking

a hallway

writing on the wall

there's Julio all the way down there!

there's me all the way down there!

I climbed to the top of the roof and the lady yelled at me to get down..Apparently the roof isn't very sturdy!

the cathedral

I saw these little old men just hanging out on a bench. I thought they were so cute!

this was the municipalidad I think that's like City Hall or something

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