This long strip of land stretches from the mangrove forest and sunny beaches of Tumbes to the warm desert valleys south of Trujillo. The city of Trujillo is also the base for visiting sites such as Chan Chan, Huaca del sol y de la luna, and Huanchaco. Treasures recovered from the Moche, Sican, and Chimu cultures can also be seen in museums a highligth being the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán in Lambayeque. The Northern Desert is also home to picturesque sea towns, such as Huanchaco and Mancora, and Peru's most attractive beaches on the coast off Piura and Tumbes, the country's northernmost region.
Here, anumber of reserves protect the endangered species that live in endemic and unique ecosystems.