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The Pyramids of Batan GrandeBatan Grande is a sprawling archaeological site where weather-beaten adobe pyramids tower over a forest of algarrobo (carob) trees. The gold, spondylus shells, pottery, breastplates and masks from the tombs continuously being excavated at Batan Grande are on display in the Museo Nacional Sican in Ferrenafe. There is very little interpretation at the site itself, but it is exciting to climb the pyramids and see archaeologists at work. I got lost in the forest and encountered an adorable fox.
The site is remote and best reached by taxi. Make a day of it from Chiclayo - visit the Museo Nacional Sican (on the way in Ferrenafe), then take a taxi to Batan Grande.