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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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  • Very interesting to visit a place where you already know through books and the internet, who travels in the history to be in place so mentally refers to the past
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  • Share a guide on site. Makes the visit much more fascinating. The guide was S/40 per group (max 4 ppl) if I remember correctly.  more »
  • Explore the Citadel is exciting if you are passionate about history. Each space at Chan chan keeps many mysteries that still fail to discover.
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  • Pretty interesting ruins. Didn't get to see the Museum because it was closed on Monday, but walked the main ruins after paying the 10 sole entrance fee and it was really cool to see what essentially are remnants from giant sand castles built years ago. Inside there are amazing carvings left, as you see in many pictures. We then wandered the grounds (not sure if you're actually supposed to) and saw what was left of the bigger structures around the main ruins. Definitely worth the visit.
  • Pre-Inca historic ruins. Very interesting and a guide would let you know more about the history of this place.
  • Chan chan is a centuries old ancient complex that has been pretty well preserved due to dry weather. it's a pretty easy place to visit. Any collectivo going from Trujillo to Huanchaco and vice versa drops you off at the side of the road and from there it's about a 10-15 minute walk to the main entrance. I went mid week in the morning and it was pretty empty almost had to it myself. You can get a guide at the entrance. I didn't get one as I rarely do but was able to get a written guide in English that gave a reasonable description of each place. If money is not a big deal I think a guide would be good as I still found myself wondering what something was for. It is about 60-90 minutes to walk around. It definitely a place worth visiting if you are in the area.
  • Chan Chan was very interesting. The tour took about an hour. Some parts have been reconstructed to show what it used to look like and other parts have been left as-is. Look around as you enter and exit and you'll see just how massive the site really is compared to what you see during the tour.
  • Incredible and surprisingly quiet. Our guide was amazing, she had a interesting and informative 10 minute answer for every question we had!