This small town, 18km from Chiclayo is known as the land of two faiths: Shamanism and Catholicism. How they so easily go hand in hand, I’ll let you figure out – but this is a common occurrence across all of Latin America. The town was founded in 1550 in its full name Santa Lucía de Ferreñafe, in a region with history more ancient still. This is shown when you enter town by an arch with Sicán adornments which if passed under eventually leads to the plaza, with its 150 year old Spanish fountain, and the Santa Lucía Church.
Contructed in 1552 in baroque style, it is built with bricks and algorrobo wood. In the centre of its façade is the shield of Santa Lucía of Siracusa, of Sicily, Italy – the patron saint of the town.