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Chan Chan, Trujillo

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Gain a sense of life in pre-Columbian South America by visiting Chan Chan, a World Heritage Site and one of the continent's prime archeological gems. Founded in the year 850 CE by the Chimu people, the city served as the capital of the Chimor Empire until it was conquered by the Incas in the late 15th century. At its peak, over 50,000 people lived here, making it the largest settlement on the whole South American continent. You can see the restored plazas, walls, and decorated chambers, as well as remains of the once complex irrigation system--all of which will give you an image of a highly developed urban center. Unless you're already familiar with the history of the site, try to join one of the guided tours, available in both English and Spanish. To visit Chan Chan and get the most from your holiday in Trujillo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Trujillo trip generator.
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  • I am really moved to visit one of the more than 70 palaces of the Chimu culture, and see the remains of a building that illustrates the rise of an extraordinary civilization.
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  • It is a huge complex with the remnants of a large number of palaces. One of them is still in good condition with beautiful reliefs. The Palace is huge and completely surrounded by meters high Adobe walls. It consists of a number of large squares and the remains of buildings and stock rooms. Very impressive and worth a visit. It is the remains of a highly developed culture.
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  • It is necessary to go with a good guide. The history of the Chimú and this city is simply fascinating. Its resistance to them forces Inca, and its rear defeat, the amount of people that came to host this city, its system administrative, their records, their "offices of fundraising", their technical for win you to the desert and sow... much that learn
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