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Ruins in Around Trujillo

Chan Chan

Built around AD 1300 and covering 20 sq km, Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas, and the largest adobe city in the world. Although it must have been a dazzling sight at one time, devastating …
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huacas del Sol y de la Luna

The Temples of the Sun and the Moon are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan and are attributed to the Moche period. They are on the south bank of the Río Moche, about 10km southeast of Trujillo. The entrance pr…
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huaca Arco Iris

Also known locally as Huaca del Dragón, Huaca Arco Iris is in the suburb of La Esperanza, about 4km northwest of Trujillo. Dating from the 12th century, it is one of the best preserved of the Chimú temples – simply …
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huaca Esmeralda

Halfway between Trujillo and Chan Chan, this Chimú temple is to the south of the main road, four blocks behind the Mansiche Church. Thieves reportedly prey on unwary tourists wandering around, so go with a large gro…
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Complejo Arqueológico la Huaca el Brujo

This archaeological complex consists of the Huaca Prieta site, the recently excavated Moche site of Huaca Cao Viejo with its brilliant mural reliefs, and Huaca el Brujo, which is only starting to be excavated. The c…
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huaca Cao Viejo

The main section of Huaca Cao Viejo is a 27m truncated pyramid with some of the best friezes in the area. They show magnificently multicolored reliefs – much more color than you see at the huacas closer to Chiclayo …
Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huaca Prieta

Huaca Prieta has been one of the most intensively studied early Peruvian sites. However, for nonarchaeologists, it’s generally more interesting to read about than to tour. Although it’s simply a prehistoric pile of …
Museum in Around Trujillo

Museo de Sitio Chan Chan

At the Tschudi complex you’ll find an entrance area with tickets, snacks, souvenirs, bathrooms, the small Museo de Sitio Chan Chan with information in English and Spanish and guides (S18). The complex is well marked…
in Around Trujillo

Temples of the Sun and the Moon

The Temples of the Sun and the Moon are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan and are attributed to the Moche period. They are on the south bank of the Río Moche, about 10km southeast of Trujillo by a rough road.…
Museum in Around Trujillo

Museo Huacas de Moche

A long-time-coming permanent home for numerous objects excavated from Huacas del Sol y de la Luna.