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Huaca El Dragon, Trujillo

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Explore an archeological site dating back to the 12th century at Huaca El Dragon, featuring one of the best preserved Chimu temples in the world. Excavated in 1963, the monument contains friezes depicting human figures and a rainbow. Visitors can climb ramps leading to the temple's summit, where you can spot large bins said to contain bones of infants. For more information, stop by the onsite museum, or hire a guide to get the most out of your experience. Plan to visit Huaca El Dragon during your Trujillo vacation using our convenient Trujillo trip itinerary builder.
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  • I'm sure at one time this site was far from the city of Trujillo. More recently urban growth has surrounded and enclosed this structure, so it loses some of its grandeur. Unlike the large palatial com...  more »
  • this is small tour but is pretty the good thing is that if you coming from the others huacas this will be a plus one jejejeje  more »
  • Fascinating Chimu shrine. It's important to have a guide to explain everything to you. The designs are very interesting and there are plenty of them all over the outer walls but they need some explain...  more »
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  • Zona Arqueologica
  • Very intricate carvings
  • It is located in the District of hope, to a side of the Panamericana Norte highway. It belongs to the Chimu culture. It is known by different names: Huaca centipedes (Horkheimer, 1944); The Dragon (Schaedel, 1948). Yet in some reliefs can be seen evidence of yellow color, by which it was known also as Huaca of the Golden wall. However, the most commonly used name is Rainbow.
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  • Great archaeological site, is part of the tourist circuit Moche #RutaMoche.
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  • Great to remember our ancestors
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