The fantastically ornate Municipal Palace is a Republican-style administrative building with a festive four-story clock tower and soaring parallel arches gracing the center of town. This elegant building is so lavish, it cost 30,000 pounds of gold to build in 1919.
As a focal point of the city, people gather in front of the Municipal Palace all throughout the day, with families camping out on park benches enjoying ice-cream cones. At night, its facade is illuminated with romantic golden lights. Travelers may experience Paseo de las Musas as part of a half-day, full-day, private or group tour that includes the town’s most fascinating sites like the Chiclayo Cathedral (Catedral de Chiclayo), Paseo de las Musas, and the Witch Market where a treasure-trove of traditional herbs and healing remedies are for sale.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, families.
- Many of the city’s best hotels are located just off the square.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transport, entrance fees, and a professional guide. Check specific tours for details.
- Remember comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
How to Get There
Chiclayo is the capital of the Lambayeque Department and a three-hour express bus ride north from Trujillo. The city’s Municipal Palace is located in the center of Chiclayo, one block from the main park, an easy walk from the city’s top attractions and hotels. Local taxis are also plentiful.
When to Get There
Municipal Palace is open 6:30am - 1:00pm; 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Go at night when it’s illuminated in a golden glow. Chiclayo’s weather is temperate year-round, with the warmest months being January through March. Come in June for a festival honoring San Pedro and San Pablo, the patron saints of fishermen and farmers; and in August when locals hike to Motupe, a highland village to mark Cruz de Chalpon with dancing, fireworks and music.
Paseo de las Musas Take a stroll just around the corner to Paseo de las Musas, a lovely pedestrian thoroughfare festooned with manicured floral arrangements, welcoming plazas, and a striking monument with nine statues of ancient muses from Greek mythology and four towering white columns. Soak up Chiclayo’s friendly atmosphere and enjoy a picnic in the grassy, shaded promenade.
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