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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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  • The now protected site has been long abandoned. It remains only the foundations and it's really hard to project. The guide's explanations are necessary to try to understand. You have to pay more but without the guide, it's not worth it to stop
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  • You should definitely visit Chan Chan if you're in Trujillo. Chan Chan is near Trujillo square approx. 10-15 min. A taxi you charge between 10 to 15 soles from Trujillo's plaza to Chan Chan. If you are going by bus take the bus that says Huanchaco and leaves you close to Chan Chan by what should walk a few minutes in.
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  • Definitely worthy of a visit. Despite being a large part is damaged beyond repair is it big enough to get a picture of how it must have looked. Very impressive! We had an English-speaking guide (to arrange at the entrance for S/40), which very much knew to tell. Easy and cheap (S/1.50) from Trujillo to reach by buses where Huanchaco is on, the bus driver/Assistant know where they should put you off. Still a little walk from the main road. By taxi, you don't have to walk all the way to the entrance. After that time we went to the museum, but that you can safely skip it. Not much to see and little to no explanation on signs. Care for some water, sunscreen and a hat, because you walk in the middle of the desert where they viciously Sun can burn. Spot the biringos (hairless dogs) and birds of prey which are on site. And then you have to go to the Huaca del Sol y de la Luna, not to be missed if you are in Trujillo.
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