Chan Chan... Worth the detour from Puno??
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Mar 10, 2013 3:33 PM Last Post By: durham
Feb 5, 2013 11:11 AM
Chan Chan... Worth the detour from Puno??This summer I'm planning to visit Bolivia and I will exit that country through Titicaca Lake, heading for Puno, Peru. From there I have two options: (1) heading by land to Arequipa and then down to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), or (2) taking a flight to Trujillo, visit the Chan Chan ruins and then taking another flight to Arequipa and continue my land trip to Northern Chile. Obviously, my question is if Trujillo and Chan Chan are worth the big detour. It will cost me around US$500 in air tickets... but if the feedback here is that Chan Chan is absolutely a must I may consider the detour and the hefty air tickets' fare. Thanks for any help.
Feb 5, 2013 11:32 AM
Feb 5, 2013 12:15 PM
2I agree. I was not particularly impressed with Chan Chan, also not with Trujillo. It is certainly not a must.
Feb 5, 2013 12:23 PM
Feb 5, 2013 12:31 PM
Feb 5, 2013 2:52 PM
5If you really have money to burn to get to northern Peru, Kuélap near Chachapoyas is far impressive. Around Trujillo Huacas del Sol y de la Luna are, to me, far more impressive than Chan Chan. As you can see!
Agree with other posters that while it's impressive due to its size, Chan Chan is definitely not worth a $500 detour. Just look at the back of a 20 sol note (yes, yes, I know, it's not actually Chan Chan although it says it is). All in all yes I think the north of Peru is an absolute (and relatively unknown) gem but Chan Chan is not the jewel in the crown. Arguably, Kuélap is...
Feb 6, 2013 9:02 AM
6Agree with 5. Chan Chan was OK, not worth $500. Chachapoyas was both my and my wifes favourite place of 2 months travel in Peru (slightly edging the Sacred Valley). There is much more than Kuelap to say, that place is literally dotted with highlights. We spend 5 full days and it still wasnt enough!!!!
The only problem is that there were no direct flights to Chachapoyas (at least there wasnt in June last year). You need to fly to Chiclayo, then get an overnight bus (10 hours) to Chachapoyas. Or take a 24 bus from Lima.
Feb 18, 2013 12:34 PM
Mar 4, 2013 8:10 PM
8Not quite sure why Chan Chan is so highly rated- I preferred the temples of the Sun and Moon to the south of Trujillo. I agree that Kuelap is fantastic. Macchu pichu without the crowds. Main issue is its remoteness from rest of Peru (also one of the things that makes the area so special) when I visited Kuelap six years ago I stayed in a little village called Maria IIRC which is a gentle two hour walk from Kuelap. Get a collectivo from Chachapoyas.
Mar 10, 2013 3:33 PM
9Why just Chan Chan? If you're going to be in Trujillo also visit Huaca de la Luna. http://www.wmf.org/project/huaca-de-la-luna
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