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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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Trujillo offers surprisingly few sleeping options for a city of its size, featuring only a few mid-range hotels suitable for the majority of visitors. If all you need is a decent bed in a quiet part of town, look for hostels catering to budget travelers. Visitors who don't need to stay in Trujillo itself can also consider the nearby beach town of Huanchaco, which offers more choices at a range of prices.
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  • Chan Chan is a palace built by a ruler of the local indigenous population before being conquered by the incans. It is one of many such palaces just outside Trujillo, and it is in the best shape, the o...  more »
  • This is a must if you are visiting the pre Incan sites of north Peru ( Chimu) -fantastic huge place and gives you some idea of what it used to be like -a must see.  more »
  • The place is 5km away from the city of Trujillo. It has a huge area and one can only walk through the ruins. Impressive. Get a guide to understand it.  more »
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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.
  • What a disappointment. Only a tiny portion of a massive area is open to the public with the bulk of what you can view being reconstructed.
  • 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.
  • A bit of a disappointment, but still worth a visit.