Trujillo Journals

Chan Chan and the Huacas

A May 2007 trip to Trujillo by ShannonBrooke

Quote: We took a short side-trip up to Trujillo to see the largest adobe city in the world, Chan Chan, and the ancient huacas.

Chan Chan and the Huacas

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Overview

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Trujillo is surrounded by ancient archaeological ruins that predate the Inka civilization. Pyramids rise above the desert and the world's largest Adobe city surrounds Trujillo proper. One gets the feeling that Peru would like the north coast, including Trujillo, to be the next gem in its crown, the equivalent of Cusco and Machu Picchu. They need the tourism dollars, but they can't risk Machu Picchu.But Cusco and Machu Picchu have a few things going for them that the north coast lacks. For one, the surrounding natural areas are not as beautiful as the mountains. The desert is quite flat and with the coastal fog, it can feel quite dreary. The archaeological sites here are not as developed yet. T...Read More

Hotel Libertador Trujillo

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Hotel

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Hotel Libertador is appropriately located in the Independence plaza in the city where Peru declared its independence from Spain. The location couldn't be more central, looking out on what some people say is Peru's most beautiful square. The hotel has all the amenities of a 4 star hotel, with room service, television, hot water. It services business travellers, and there was a convention going on when we visited. Unfortunately, they closed the pool area during this event. Because of the hotel's business focus and the general lack of tourism in this part of Peru, it is possible to feel ignored as independent travellers. We never felt uncomfortable here, but we also never felt at home.The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Hotel Libertador Trujillo
Jr. Independencia 485
Trujillo, Peru
+51 (44) 232-741

Huaca del Sol y la Luna

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Attraction | "Huacas del Sol y la Luna"

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These ancient Mochica structures rise out of the desert looking more like mountains than human-built pyramids. One feels a sense of unreality - did people actually build this giant structure made only of Adobe bricks? Now, the area is surrounded by low-lying buildings, comprising small villages of mostly indigenous people. But at one time, grand pyramids rose up from the desert and between them, an ancient city.All entrances come with a complimentary guide and we had a sweet woman who was struggling to improve her English, and the tour was more fun for the English-Spanish exchange where we tried to help her come up with the appropriate English phrasing to express certain concepts. And what con...Read More

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Huaca del Sol y la Luna
near Las Delicias Beach
Trujillo, Peru

Chan Chan

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Attraction

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Chan Chan was once the largest Adobe city in the world at 20km and even today you can see its oblong walls and structures spread out on all sides of the highway, as you drive in from the airport to Trujillo. The city consisted of nine palaces and even more structures that housed the city workers. Today, only a few parts of the city are safe and restored for visitors. Much of the city is in danger of being destroyed and lies unprotected, and it is said that thieves lie in wait for the unsuspecting would-be Indiana Jones. Only 14km is presently being protected.The most popular site is the Tschudi Palace. One of the nine palaces of the original city, it is the only one that has been restored and ...Read More

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Chan Chan
Between Trujillo and Huanchaco
Trujillo, Peru

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ShannonBrooke

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Somerville, Massachusetts

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