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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  • Too cute, but failure to take care more, people do not respect the signage and no one tells them anything
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  • I'm going to be honest: Chan Chan is clearly historically very important, but it isn't exactly mile-a-minute type stuff. It's a lot of brown sand surrounded by a lot more brown sand, with no context u...  more »
  • Blessed are the Peruvians have a wonderful history, the ruins are magical, will surely go, I highly recommend them.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic ruins very well preserved for the age.
  • Pre-Inca historic ruins. Very interesting and a guide would let you know more about the history of this place.
  • Great for history lovers and people who love museums

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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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