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. Plan to visit Chan Chan during your Trujillo vacation using our convenient Trujillo trip planner .
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  • Very large ruin. Areas have been restored. Unlike any other site I have ever seen, even in Peru. You need a guide to appreciate the place  more »
  • An amazing site to appreciate the works that were in the Citadel of Chan Chan, your way construction and living, and the history that surrounds them.
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  • Did not expect such a massive site, which we only viewed 1 of the 9 or 10 temples discovered but this one temple is huge and does take quite a while to wander around and discover all its interesting a...  more »
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  • Hire one of the guides waiting at the entrance - it's worth it and will make your experience far more interesting. They are fountains of information regarding Chimu history, culture, and symbology, and give you a thorough walk-through of the most important parts of this massive complex. A must-visit for a complete understanding of Peruvian history.
  • The guided tour was interesting, I recommend it even for foreigners. Ask about details too.
  • Best I've ever seen
  • It's an interesting archaeological site that has been massively reconstructed it doesn't feel original anymore. Also, is very, very busy.
  • This is the best archaeological site in Trujillo. It is huge and has extensive carvings along the walls. The water earthworks are impressive. The weather has worn the site over the years.
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