The Vicús culture occupied the high zone of Piura and this site, the most extensive cemetery in the culture, was discovered by grave-robbers — or “huaqueros” — in the late 1950s, in the Frias zone of Ayabaca Province. During the 1960s archaeologists moved in and studied the Vicus peak, excavating an extensive area. It’s calculated that during the years when the site was exploited, robbers looted more than 2,000 tombs, with more than 40,000 specimens finding their way into private collections overseas.

Location Access
Province:Morropón
Distance:
Time:
At the KM 50 mark
on the route from
Vicús-Yécala via
Piura
1 hour by car from
Piura
7 kilometers from
Chulucanas
10 minutes by car
from Chulucanas
District:Chulucanas
Locality
Reference:
KM 50 on the
Chulucanas
Highway
Site Details
Entrance Fee:
Opening Hours:
Museum & Other Services:
Free entryN/AN/A