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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  • We where visiting Trujillo and heard a short bus ride away there where some ruins. Very different from the Inca ruins this city built by the Chimor in the Moche Valley feels more primitive. Worth a vi...  more »
  • The city stretched for kilometers beyond what is seen today as the outskirts of the city grew by about parts of the pre-Hispanic City. It's amazing so much the high walls but also the ornamentation of the internal spaces, all made of adobe (not baked clay brick mixed with organic material such as grass). Precisely the condition of brick uncooked accelerates the processes of erosion, especially in times of La niña, when it rains a lot. Essential to go with a guide for information of every detail of the complex. Like all archaeological complex, this also has its Peruvian dogs without hair, very docile.
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  • and well visited with Mili it went very well, we found a local guide, who taught us and illustrate a lot, I'm glad to have an excellent complex of heritage restoration in Peru
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  • 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.
  • Amazing size, but not a great deal to see. Take a guide if you want to know what you are looking at.
  • I would have liked this better without a guide to be honest, the one English guide there speaks in broken English and interjects randomly with Spanish.
  • A taxi from the Plaza de armas should cost you about 10 to 12 soles. But a guide at the site ask 40 soles for 1 hour. It could be better to get a package at the Plaza de armas. It's worth visiting!
  • 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.

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