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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 city of mud more big of the world, complex of 10 cities, of which not all are enabled for the tourism, that we show the greatness of this culture
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  • It is the umpteenth time that I (from Lima) porq receive friends from abroad and accompany them. There are no improvements... The site, the ruins are interesting! But... - the entry for elderly is from 65 when in other attractions and places is dede 60 - you necessarily need guide porq no no explanatory sheet. Guide cobra 40 soles. -signalling of travel confuses who enters only the ruins. They are images of fish whose head tells you the direction of feed, but as all the fish have the same color is not understood well what to continue the visit and are to go to the exit... Just change the color and put more fish in the corners! The Chimu culture can be appreciated but limited, not at depth. The bathrooms are clean but the role of gives it to cut a uniformed lady who kept it in his pocket, plop!
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  • If they go to the city of Trujillo, please do not hesitate to visit these ruins, as they are located a few minutes by taxi, for an approximate value of 10 soles. The entrance to Chan Chan costs 10 soles per person and the tour lasts more than one hour. Is can see them sites sacred, it architecture, the places where lived and ate them people that inhabited the place, and to the tomb of their governors. Its walls are decorated with figures in relief. The tour is very interesting for its great historic contribution. I recommend using protective solar and clothes fresh because is a site pretty hot.
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