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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  • August 6, 2017
    Really nice ruins a see with explanations very interesting of our guide. Unfortunately just as waca led ground, it is difficult to take full advantage of the place because of the scaffolding or other low quality facilities intended to protect the place.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Chan Chan is a small ruin just like Machu Picchu. it is a nice place to visit and learn about the architecture that the tribe used to buil this town. You will be amazed.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It is a wonderful place, where you can have a guide that tells you the story and learn about Chan Chan, it is ideal to go sightseeing and discover how wonderful that is. If you go by trujillo, you have to go to visit her.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Chan Chan was great. Definitely worth the trip. At the time of my review, the museum and the other 3 attractions included in the price were a complete waste of time. Definitely do Chan Chan, Skip the museum and the rest.
  • January 12, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    Fantastic ruins very well preserved for the age.
  • March 14, 2017
    Pre-Inca historic ruins. Very interesting and a guide would let you know more about the history of this place.
  • July 8, 2017
    Great for history lovers and people who love museums

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