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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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  • It is the world's largest mud Citadel, and architecture that came to develop the Chimú is impressive.
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  • Without a doubt that all Peruvians should we visit CHAN CHAN in order to know and better understand our history. Not enough to read the history books and see the figures in their pages but give us some time and have a unique experience. CHAN CHAN, the great Palace of the constructed labyrinths of adobe, mud and although few believe also stone; in its walls highlight listed them in high relief, mainly the figure of the fish, which means that fishing was their principal economic activity of the Moche... VISIT CHAN CHAN, an open air museum.
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  • Intangible city of the Chimu culture built in Adobe. He really owes its fame to one of the nine palaces that compose it: Nik An. The city is world heritage site and as well reminded us our guide Olga is an intangible city today. We visited the Nik An Palace in the tour since travelers not allowed to venture alone into the enclosure. Even with the wear of the parts in the walls of the Palace you can see the greatness of it. Visit highly recommended
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