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Chiclayo

Chiclayo is the capital city of the Lambayeque region in northern Peru. It is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from the nation's capital, Lima.

Founded as "Santa MarĂ­a de los Valles de Chiclayo" in the 1500s, it was given the title of "city" on April 15, 1835 by president Felipe Santiago Salaverry. He also gave the city the honorary name of "Heroic City", a title which it still holds to this day, recognizing the courage of its citizens.

Currently, Chiclayo is one of the most important urban areas of Peru. It has grown to become the country's fourth largest city after Lima, Arequipa, and Trujillo. The city has a population of 738, 000 while the metropolitan area has a population of 972,713 (2009 - World-Gazetteer.com). Additionally, the city is very commercialized and has many modern characteristics as well as being known as one of the friendliest cities in Peru. Because of this attribute, Chiclayo is known as The Capital of Friendship and the Pearl of the North.

An important Wari archaeological site is located nearby.

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