Lambayeque Things to Do
Lambayeque has a nice plaza, sorrounded by the cathedral to wander after the intense visit of the Sipan Museum.
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This huge building contains the treasures of the Sipan Tombs. He was a Mochica ruler, and inside one can see all the pottery, gold objects, and weapons founded in the Tombs of Sican. It´s a amazing visit, there are guides to show the three floors of the museum. Highly recommended. No pictures inside the museum.
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Also known as Casa Montjoy, it was built in the XVI century, and has the largest colonial balcony in Peru (67 mts long) and was declared a national monument in 1963. Now it contains some handicraft shops and art galleries.
There are several buses plying the roads to Chiclayo, a city that lies 30 minutes away. The bus fare is about $1 USD per hour traveled in Peru. From Chiclayo, take a 30 minute mini-bus (local) to Lambayeque.
Favorite thing: This is an alternative to the King-Kong. I did not realize what it was until I was at home. My thought before open it was that it was made only of manjarblanco (a sweet of milk), but to my surprise (and joy) this is almost like a King-Kong.
What I can see there is no difference in this, compared to the one-tasted King-Kong, just the size. So if you want something smaller, buy this. The weight is only 280 g (=10 Oz.)Related to:
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Favorite thing: This sweet is made of milk. There are different King Kong with one (manjar blanco), two (manjar blanco and piña) or three different tastes (manjar blanco, piña and membrillo). The colours of the packet is then red, blue or green.
The price is around 4-5 USD for a piece of 700 g (the big one). The taste is very special, and I think you will like it. You can keep it over a month without problem. After a time the milk sweet will begin to form sugar cristals, then it is as its best, I think personally. Perhaps you have eaten it before this happens.
Manjar blanco is also sold in other forms, try it.
King Kong you can also buy in Lima (for instance Miraflores, aside of Parque Kennedy, and also Local market San Luis in San Borja, Lima). But the assortment is bigger in Lambayeque and it is absolutely fresh.
Favorite thing: If you buy a King Kong of San Roque, you can read the history of this famous sweet on the box.
I eat it up and throw away the box, but what I remember was that there was a sweet bakery that started to make sweets to collect money to charity. One of these sweets met an enormous demand, it was called King Kong as a the famous movie at the same time, which also tells us that the sweet is big. The street where the fabrication started had the name "San Roque", so this trade-mark claims it is the original one. I have always been used to the Lampayec type, but they are very good both of them. Another trade-mark is Castellana, a bit different in taste.
Note the way you shall cut the King Kong. Thanks San Roque for that tip!
(the San Roque on the picture is a small one, only half a kilo, the real one is one kilo)Related to:
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