10:28 | Chiclayo (Lambayeque region), Jan. 9.
The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, located in Peru's northern Lambayeque region, welcomed a record number of visitors
(over 195,000) in 2018, thus remaining one of the most popular exhibition spaces in the Inca country.
Last year's figure reached a record high after 16 years of operation, drawing 195,961 visitors between January and December.
The number of domestic visitors reached 169,538, or 86.52% of the total. They came from different regions across the country including Lima, Cusco, La Libertad, Arequipa, Cajamarca, Amazonas, Ancash, Junin, Piura, and Puno.
Significant growth was recorded in the number of foreigners (26,423), making up 13.48% of total visitors. This group included travelers from Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Brazil, plus other countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Lord of Sipan
The Lord of Sipan
—dubbed the King Tutankhamun of the Americas— is compared to the Egyptian mummies studied by prominent Egyptologists.
The discovery marked archaeology's history in Peru and the Americas. This was the first time the magnificence and majesty of the only governor and warrior of ancient Peru found to date were revealed.
His tomb was uncovered in 1987 and has been exhibited at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum for more than a decade.